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Gateway Motorsports Park is launching a show car and racing program in 2013 to be named, The Manufacturer Series. It consists of four separate, but connected events. The first event, scheduled for May 17–19, will be the highly anticipated Mega Mopar Weekend At Gateway, part of the Mega Mopar Action Series. Following this event will be the Super Chevy Show presented by your Mid-America Chevy Dealers on June 21–23. The Fun Ford Weekend will run July 19–21. Finally, an all make and model inclusive final called the All American Hot Rod Showdown presented by your Mid-America Chevy Dealers will be held August 9–11. At the All American Hot Rod Showdown, all past series winners and champions will compete for the coveted Gateway Grand Champion title. Grand Champions will be crowned in the show car and drag racing arenas.
Each event will feature a car show, swap meet, drag racing, car corral, auto cross, manufacturer midway, ride and drive, and featured shows such as jet cars and more. All four events will tie together with individual competitions for prizes, awards and payouts as we have traditionally seen at the track. “The unique thing that we are doing next year is bringing everything together,” says Francois. It will be exciting to follow the car show and drag competition finalists and semi-finalists throughout the season as they attempt to qualify for the All American Grand Championship Title in August.”
Car show winners from each class of the previous shows will compete for the All American titles in Custom, Modified, and Stock classes with an overall American Grand Champion being crowned and a cash prize exceeding $2,500. Finalists and semi–finalist in Box, No Box, Sportsman, and True Street categories from all three events will compete for the All American Championship Titles within their respective classes and then compete against each other for The All American Grand Championship Title and payout exceeding $5,000.
Other American makes and models such as Buick, Cadillac Oldsmobile, and Pontiac will also be able to compete with a chance to win the All American Hot Rod Showdown presented by your Mid-America Chevy Dealers. A portion of the proceeds from each of the events will be donated to selected charities.
The Mega Mopar Action series has shown the largest growth for the 2013 season, adding five new tracks to the name sake series of Mopar Action Magazine. New markets for the Mega Mopar Action series include the season opener at Rockingham Dragway on April 6, followed by visits to Gateway Motorsports Park St. Louis on May 17-19th, Edmonton, Palm Beach, and the season ending event at Bakersfield on October 5‐6.
There will be two Nostalgia Super Stock portions of the event. Both will be produced under the authority of the Nostalgia Super Stocks Inc. club.
The first will be the club’s traditional ‘heads-up’ match race’ exhibition show, managed by club vice president Rich Berlisk. This portion will be open to club members only.
The second will be an open style index race, managed by club member Bob Wilkiewicz.
The index race will contested under The Nostalgia Super Stock National Association/National Muscle Car Association standard national rules. The format will be NMCA standard; time trials on Friday, qualifying against the index on Saturday and then eliminations on Sunday.
The purse will be announced closer to the time of the event (xxxx total, including xxxx to win, xxxx runner-up, xxxxx to the eliminated semi finalists and (optional) xxx to the eliminated quarter finalists).
This index race will be open to anyone with a NSSNA/NMCA national rules legal car.
However, any club member who chooses to run in the index race will not be allowed to participate in the heads-up match race portion, no exceptions. To be clear, there will be two completely separated NSS portions, absolutely no ‘double-dipping’ allowed.