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Thu, 04 Jan 2018, 16:39 PM

Gateway Motorsports Park Introduces New Drag Racing Points Program
Courtesy of John Bisci

Mid-America SuperStar Showdown

MADISON, Ill. --

Gateway Motorsports Park is introducing a new drag racing points program that is designed for drivers and teams who may not fit in the current track bracket points championship series. The Mid-America SuperStar Showdown will provide an alternative racing program and offers drivers more opportunities to win. The seven-race series is scheduled to begin on April 27.

Competition Classes The show will be headlined by the heads-up racing action of the Missouri Outlaw Shootout , Missouri Street Cars and Outlaw Street Motorcycle classes. Elapsed times and top speeds will not be displayed on the scoreboards. Only a win light will be displayed. (Heads-up racing: first-racer-to-the-finish-line wins, without dial-ins or handicaps.)

Two full-body 1/8-mile Index classes: This provides another option for full-bodied, door-car racers. 6.0 and 7.0 Index. Cash purse: $500 to win, $250 to runner-up. Semis paid when more than 12 cars compete in first round of eliminations.

Index Motorcycles: Two motorcycle Index classes: Crazy 8s (8.88) and 9.50. Payout will be based on total number of entries.

Jr. Index: Four Jr. Dragster Index classes will be contested: 13.90, 11.90, 8.90 and 7.90. Classes are contested on a .5 pro tree.

Call-Out, Grudge, Time-Only Racing - Settle the score on the track. Track will be open from 10:30 p.m. to midnight for no-time, win light-only racing. Three-run punch card provided with entry.

Race No. 1 -- Friday, April 27 -- Series kick-off.
Race No. 2 -- Friday, May 18.
Race No. 3 -- Tuesday, July 3 -- Prelude to the Fourth special.
Race No. 4 -- Friday, July 27.
Race No. 5 -- Friday, August 31 -- Labor Day Weekend kick-off.
Race No. 6 -- Friday, October 5 -- Super Chevy Show Showcase.
Race No. 7 -- Friday, October 26 -- Season finale. 
4 p.m. -- Gates and pit parking open.
4:30 p.m. -- Tech Inspection for Jr. Dragsters.
5 p.m. -- First round of Jr. Dragster qualifying.
5:30 p.m. -- Second round of Jr. Dragster qualifying.
5:30 p.m. -- Tech inspection for all classes.
6 p.m. -- First round of Jr. Dragster eliminations.
6:30-11:30 p.m. -- Time-only Test 'n' Tune runs.
7 p.m. -- First round of qualifying for full-size classes. Order:  Index Car, Index Bike, Heads-up
Cars, Motorcycle).
7:55 p.m. -- Second round of Jr. Dragster eliminations.
8 p.m. -- Second round of qualifying for full-size classes.
8:55 p.m. -- Third round of Jr. Dragster eliminations.
9 p.m. -- First round of eliminations for full-size classes.
10:30 p.m.-midnight -- Call-out lanes open for call-out and grudge races.
Midnight -- Track closed.
Competition trophy classes: $40 (car and driver).
Jr. Dragsters: $40 (car and driver).
Payout classes 6.0, 7.0 cars: $65 (car and driver).
Motorcycles: 8.88 and 9.50: $65 (bike and rider).
Call-out, grudge, time-only tech card: $40 (car and driver).
Spectator admission, crew pass: $15 (ages 16 and older).
Youth spectator admission: $8 (ages 8-15).
Kids (7 and under): Free.

Each class of racing will be contested as an official Gateway Motorsports Park championship category. Seven races will be contested with a driver's four best finishes counting toward the title. A driver must compete in at least 50% of the races to be eligible for year-end awards. The top three in each class will be recognized at the year-end banquet. The champion in each class will receive a championship jacket.

For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

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