MADISON, Illinois (September 13) – Gateway Motorsports Park hosted the United Black Drag Racers Association’s Black Sunday event on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, Eric Barach of Bethalto, Illinois, defeated Ron Mergel of St. Charles, Missouri for Super Pro honors. On Saturday, Terry Lacey of Edwardsville, Illinois, defeated Jason McKague of Chamois, Missouri, in the final round of Super Pro eliminations.

Sunday winners also included Artie Schneider (Pro), Jason Phillips (Sportsman), Scott Leonard (Super Pro Motorcycle), Al Jones (Street Bike), Kayden Koehler (Jr. Dragster) and Anthony McGraff (Jr. Dragster Consolation).

Saturday winners also included Handy Hartline (Pro), Jeremy McKague (Street – with a perfect reaction time of .000), Californian Rob Linders (Super Pro Motorcycle), Phil Humphrey (Street Bike), Jakob Richardt (Jr. Dragster) and Brandon France (Jr. Dragster Consolation).

The Black Sunday event included drag racing, exhibition racing a hip hop car show, hydraulics contest and free cancer screening from the St. Louis University Cancer Center.


Final-round elimination results, Sunday, September 13

Indicating driver/rider, hometown, vehicle, elapsed time (E.T.) and top speed.



Winner: Eric Barach (Bethalto, Illinois) 2003 Nelson  4.821 sec.  140.61 mph

Runner-up: Ron Mergel (St. Charles, Missouri) 1968 Barracuda  6.163 sec.  109.58 mph



Winner: Artie Schneider (St. Charles, Missouri) 1971 Camaro  10.275 sec.  130.33 mph

Runner-up: Frankie Radake (St. Louis, Missouri) 1968 Camaro  9.247 sec.  143.17 mph



Winner: Jason Phillips (Granite City, Illinois) 2002 Mustang  14.119 sec.  96.87 mph

Runner-up: Jeremy McKague (Chamois, Missouri) 2000 Mustang  14.404 sec.  92.37 mph



Winner: Scott Leonard (Glen Carbon, Illinois) 2009 Suzuki  9.377 sec.  138.47 mph

Runner-up: Charles Willis Jr. (Collinsville, Illinois) 2003 Suzuki  9.893 sec.  137.53 mph



Winner: Al Jones (Markham, Illinois) n/a 13.653 sec.  96.20 mph

Runner-up: Mike Reed (Florissant, Missouri) Harley-Davidson   9.729 sec.  138.78 mph



Winner: Kayden Koehler (Festus, Missouri) 8.020 sec.  79.94 mph

Runner-up: Lauren Chamberlin (Troy, Missouri) 9.242 sec.  68.61 mph



Winner: Anthony McGraff (n/a)  9.599 sec.  66.66 mph

Runner-up: Kayla Watkins (Madison, Illinois) 8.726 sec.  68.73 mph


Final-round elimination results, Saturday, September 12

Indicating driver/rider, hometown, vehicle, elapsed time (E.T.) and top speed.



Winner: Terry Lacey (Edwardsville, Illinois) 1969 Camaro  6.029 sec. 112.70 mph

Runner-up: Jason McKague (Chamois, Missouri) 1969 Nova  6.339 sec.  103.97 mph



Winner: Handy Hartline (Granite City, Illinois) 1986 S-10  11.389 sec.  117.05 mph

Runner-up: Artie Schneider (St. Charles, Missouri) 1971 Camaro  10.279 sec.  130.99 mph



Winner: Jeremy McKague (Chamois, Missouri) 2000 Mustang  14.453 sec.  89.20 mph

Runner-up: Larry Wilkerson (St. Charles, Missouri) 1987 Mustang  12.701 sec.  107.44 mph



Winner: Bob Linders (Mission Viejo, California) 1982 Suzuki  8.960 sec.  143.78 mph

Runner-up: Janie Palm (Bunker Hill, Illinois) 2008 Suzuki  9.569 sec.  134.36 mph



Winner: Phil Humphrey (Collinsville, Illinois) 2006 Kawasaki  9.381 sec.  150.31 mph

Runner-up: Scott Leonard (Glen Carbon, Illinois) 2002 Hayabusa  9.569 sec.  134.36 mph



Winner: Jakob Richardt (Festus, Missouri) n/a

Runner-up: Brylee France (Astoria, Illinois) 12.305 sec.  49.88 mph



Winner: Braxton France (Astoria, Illinois) 8.761 sec.  72.83 mph

Runner-up: Lauren Chamberlin (Troy, Missouri)  9.513 sec.  65.35 mph


COMING UP: GMP will present the annual NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals on September 25-27. Pro classes will include Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Mod. The race is a crucial event of the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship title chase.

On Thursday, September 24, GMP and the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will present a free fan fest from 4-6 p.m. at The Outfield at Mike Shannon’s Steak & Seafood ( at 620 Market Street in St. Louis. The free fan fest will include a driver and rider autograph session, show cars, live music and the opportunity to win race tickets.

For NHRA tickets and information, please visit or call 618.215.8888 Ext 101.


The vision for Gateway Motorsports Park is to create a racing lifestyle that attracts enthusiasts, professionals, amateurs and car lovers by harnessing the energy and passion of the thousands of racing fans in the heart of the Midwest. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering nearly 200 acres, GMP is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the region, encompassing a ¼-mile NHRA-sanctioned drag strip, 1.25-mile NASCAR oval, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a new, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.