September 10, 2017, St. Louis Region – The 23rd annual United Black Drag Racers Association’s two-day “Black Sunday” meet was held September 9-10 at the Dragplex at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

The event, which attracted drag racers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Illinois, featured free health and cancer screenings, activities for children, a car show hosted by the Hot Wheelz car club, music and buffets.

Although the event weekend was hosted by the UBDRA, it was open to all racers and fans. It is the largest event of its kind in the U.S. and the mission of the UBDRA ( is to preserve and promote the sport of drag racing in a positive manner for the membership and  community.



SUPER PRO: Jeremy McKague (Chamois, Missouri; pictured above) defeated Jack Collins (Cuba, Missouri).

PRO: Jeremy McKague (Chamois, Missouri) defeated Byron Kinne (Canton, Illinois).

SPORTSMAN: Steve Zeuner (Imperial, Missouri) defeated Big Ron (East St. Louis, Illinois).

PRO MOTORCYCLE: Frank Linders (Washington, Illinois) defeated Mark Abrams (Bethalto, Illinois).

STREET MOTORCYCLE: Gene Pittman (Minneapolis, Minnesota) defeated Charles Willis Sr. (Bunker Hill, Illinois).

SMALL TIRE CAR SHOOTOUT: Randy Matlock (Wentzville, Missouri) defeated Chris Watkins (High Ridge, Missouri).

JR. DRAGSTER: Luke Albietz (Wentzville, Missouri) defeated Kayden Koehler (Festus, Missouri).

ULTRA 4.60: Dan McCarten (Ingleside, Illinois) defeated Jay Riddle (Morton, Illinois).

9.50 SHOOTOUT: David Fortune defeated Rob Helem.



SUPER PRO: Mike Soloman Sr. (Normandy, Missouri) defeated Corey Landolt (Hermann, Missouri).

PRO: Jason McKague (Ballwin, Missouri) defeated Jesse Garcia (St. Louis).

SPORTSMAN: Tony Johnson (Brunswick, Missouri) defeated Danny Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois).

PRO MOTORCYCLE: Thomas Cole (Davenport, Iowa) defeated Phil Humphrey (Collinsville, Illinois).

STREET MOTORCYCLE: Nick Stewart (Swansea, Illinois) defeated Marcus Taylor (St. Louis).

JR. DRAGSTER: Lilly Kinne (Canton, Illinois) defeated Lauren Chamberlin (Troy, Missouri).


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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.