September 7 — Ronnie Beach III of Troy, Illinois, won the final round of High School class racing for the 2016 season at Gateway Motorsports Park but Danny Ratulowski of Highland, Illinois, earned enough points to clinch the championship.
Beach defeated past winner Lauren Smith of Wentzville, Missouri, in the final round of eliminations.
Lauren Smith (John Bisci photo)
September 9-11 — 22nd annual UBDRA “Black Sunday.”
Final-round results, indicating racer, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time, top speed:
Winner: Ronnie Beach III (Troy, Illinois) 1969 GTO .004 12.053 sec. 103.14 mph.
Runner-up: Lauren Smith (Wentzville, Missouri) 2015 Chevrolet Cruze .048 18.036 sec. 73.73 mph.
Danny Ratulowski, 2016 High School champion (John Bisci photo)