October 16 – The final event of the busy three-day weekend at the Gateway Motorsports Park Dragplex was today’s National Dragster Challenge, which followed the Mid America Chevy Dealers Super Chevy Show on Friday and Saturday.

Two drivers doubled up on visits to Domino’s Pizza Victory Lane this weekend: Randy Weller of Granite City, Illinois and Sam Stewart of Washington, Missouri. Weller won today’s final round of Pro eliminations to claim the coveted NHRA “Wally” trophy and also conquered the Bracket 2 class on Saturday during the Super Chevy Show. Stewart won today’s Jr. Dragster Thunder class and earned another win on Saturday in the Super Chevy Show Jr. Dragster division.

Joining Weller and Stewart in victory lane were: Jason McKague (Super Pro), Aaron Worstell (Sportsman), Janie Palm (Super Pro Motorcycle), Jason Phillips (High School Alumni), Tim Zeuner (Trophy) and Abby Svoboda (Jr. Dragster Lightning).

Svoboda turned in a perfect reaction time (.000) to score the Jr. Dragster Lightning win over opponent Allysia Vaultonburg in the final.


Final-round results, indicating racer, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time, top speed:

Super Pro

Winner: Jason McKague (Ballwin, Missouri) 2010 Racecraft dragster  .010  4.630 sec. 144.06 mph.

Runner-up: Dave Schutte (Qunicy, Illinois) 1969 Camaro  .010  4.634 sec. 149.27 mph.



Winner: Randy Weller (Granite City, Illinois) 1971 Vega  .010  6.451 sec. 102.68 mph.

Runner-up: Tyler Richardson (St. Louis) 1967 Camaro  .068  6.334 sec. 107.35 mph.



Winner: Aaron Worstell (Union, Missouri) 1989 Mustang  .036  12.015 sec. 109.23 mph.

Runner-up: Jason Phillips (Granite City, Illinois) 2002 Mustang  .070  14.300 sec. 96.30 mph.


Super Pro Motorcycle

Winner: Janie Palm (Bunker Hill, Illinois) 2008 Hayabusa  .032  9.074 sec. 151.41 mph.

Runner-up: Scott Leonard (Glen Carbon, Illinois) 2002 Hayabusa  .075  91.92 sec. 146.69 mph.


High School Alumni

Winner: Jason Phillips (Granite City, Illinois) 2002 Mustang  .000  14.423 sec. 89.68 mph.

Runner-up: Danny Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois) 2001 Camaro  .051  13.055 sec. 104.19 mph.


Jr. Dragster Lightning

Winner: Abby Svoboda (Decatur, Illinois)  .000  7.990 sec. 80.21 mph.

Runner-up: Allysia Vaultonburg (Canton, Illinois)  .038  7.920 sec. 83.91 mph.


Jr. Dragster Thunder

Winner: Sam Stewart (Washington, Missouri)  .082  8.911 sec. 69.58 mph.

Runner-up: Sarah Stewart (Washington, Missouri)  .088  12.049 sec. 53.11 mph.



Winner: Tim Zeuner (Imperial, Missouri) 2000 S-10  .077  16.585 sec. 85.13 mph.

Runner-up: Cameron Thomas (Imperial, Missouri) 1977 Nova  .202  16.178 sec. 83.52 mph.