September 27-29

Gateway Motorsports Park’s three-day NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event annually delivers the world’s biggest names in professional drag racing to the St. Louis-Metro East region, including 16-time Funny Car champion John Force and four-time Top Fuel Dragster titleholder Antron Brown.


As our sellout crowds will attest, this straight-line sport can never be dull when pairs of nitromethane-burning cars rocket down the drag strip at speeds in excess of 330 miles per hour in less than four seconds.

At a drag strip where national and track records have been shattered during qualifying, Robert Hight faced Tim Wilkerson in Gateway’s 2018 Top Fuel Funny Car finale. Hight’s engine exploded before his car reached the finish line but he managed to win the event over Wilkerson. The force of the engine explosion sent the car out of control and into the wall, which separated the rear two-thirds of the body from the flaming chassis. Hight emerged from the car under his own power but underwent surgery three days later for a broken collarbone. And all of this happened while Hight was locked in a points battle with J.R. Todd for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship.

The AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals is a Countdown to the Championship race and is crucial to any driver or rider who has his sights set on the crown. Two rounds of qualifying are held on Saturday and Sunday with eliminations on Sunday.

The event is family-friendly too: Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Every ticket is a pit pass, affording unprecedented access to the sport’s superstars and their machines.

For tickets and additional information, please call Gateway Motorsports Park at (618) 215-8888. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.


About Gateway Motorsports Park

Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue. Gateway Motorsports Park was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from St. Louis Attractions Association.