February 19, 2020, St. Louis Region – VP Racing Fuels has been named the official presenting sponsor of the Midwest SuperStar Bracket Series and will join JEGS.com and MAHLE Motorsport as official contingency sponsors for the series. The six-race series, which will be contested over two weekends at WWTR’s drag strip in Madison, Illinois, will pay $10,000 to win (guaranteed) and offer bonus awards at each race.  In addition, a series points fund will be distributed to the top five racers in the point standings.

“The commitment from solid brands such as VP, JEGS and MAHLE is a great start for this new program,” said World Wide Technology Raceway Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. “We want to firmly establish the Midwest SuperStar program as the working class racer’s special event program where every racers feels they have a chance to win great cash and prizes without extensive travel — and without blowing their entire racing budget on entry fees.”

Thanks to contingency sponsor commitments, each race winner will receive a $200 product award. Each race’s  runner-up will receive a $50 product award. Upon completion of the two race weekends, the top five racers in championship points will receive $1,500 in product awards from each sponsor – distributed as $750 for first, $300 for second, $200 for third, $150 for fourth and $100 for fifth. Cash awards will be paid with $1,000 to the champion, $500 for second place, $350 for third, $250 for fourth and $200 for fifth.  Based on the current program — with more sponsors in discussion — the champion will receive $1,000 cash and $2,250 in product awards for only a two weekend commitment.

Each Midwest SuperStar Bracket Series event will pay a guaranteed $10,000 to win, $2,000 for second, $750 for semis, $300 for quarter-finals, $200 for eighths (and 1/16th and 1/32nd rounds will be paid based on overall car count). Racers are allowed multiple entries, with $150 for the first entry, with a second entry for only $125. Only one full ET class will be contested at each event and all races are 1/8th-mile.

“The primary focus of each race is to have fun and win great prizes,” continued Blair. “In addition to the posted awards, our team is developing a new championship trophy for this series and it will be something a racer proudly can display as an exceptional statement piece in the trophy case. They will be able to point to that trophy and proudly state they beat the best in the Midwest.”

The first Midwest SuperStar Bracket Series event weekend will take place on April 17-19 in conjunction with the NHRA Division 3 JEGS Super Quick Series season opener. A special Jr. Dragster event will be included in the program.

The second, and final, series event weekend will take place on June 12-14.  In addition to the series, a special door car-and-dragster special will be contested on Friday and Saturday night.

Companies interested in participating in the contingency sponsorship program should contact Madison Mabry at [email protected].

 

SCHEDULE (FOR BOTH WEEKENDS)

Thursday

4-9 p.m. – Credential sales and early pit parking.

6-9 p.m. – Tech inspection.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

6 a.m. – Gates open.

7 a.m. – Tech inspection.

9 a.m. – Time trial (Friday and Saturday).

9 a.m. – Eliminations (Sunday).

 

ADMISSION AND ENTRY FEES

Kids 7 and under: Free, with paid adult.

Kids 8-15: $10 per day, $25 for the weekend.

Adult spectators: $20 per day, $50 for the weekend.

Restricted-area crew pass: $50 for the weekend.

Racers – First entry per day: $150.

Racers – Second entry per day: $125.

Racers – Buy-backs: $85.

Advance purchase SuperStar Series Sixer Special: 3 single-day entries and 3 second entries for $666 (averages to $111 per entry).

 

PURSE (EACH DAY)

Winner: $10,000 (guaranteed)

Runner-up: $2,000

Semi: $750

Quarter: $300

Eighth: $200

Sixteenth (if 8 rounds): $100 (only for certain number of rounds)

Thirty-second (if 9 rounds): $50 (only for certain number of rounds)

 

RULES

  • 1 bracket class
  • 1/8-mile
  • TruStart will be used
  • Crosstalk on
  • Door cars and motorcycles run together
  • Dragsters vs. dragsters as long as possible
  • Multiple entries permitted
  • Color-coded run groups will be used
  • Must have valid NHRA chassis and E.T. credentials

 

BUY-BACKS

First or second-round if less than 170 entries

First-round only if 170 to 299 entries

No buybacks if number of entries exceeds 299

For tickets and additional information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

 

About World Wide Technology Raceway

World Wide Technology Raceway 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 380 acres, WWTR is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. WWTR’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, recently-expanded 2.0-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue. WWTR acquired Gateway National Golf Links, adjacent to the speedway property, in 2019. WWTR 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 the St. Louis Attractions Association. In 2018, owner and CEO Curtis Francois received the Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission in recognition of his work for restoring World Wide Technology Raceway (known then as Gateway Motorsports Park) to prominence.