Gateway Motorsports Park’s NHRA-sanctioned Dragplex officially crowned a champion in the High School class tonight. The final points night for the High School class was won by Brian Garcia of Fairmont City, Illinois. Ronnie Beach III, of Troy, Illinois, held a commanding lead over Emily Stemmler, of Jerseyville, Illinois, and Garcia and won the championship by 103 points. Beach was defeated in the semi-final round of eliminations by Garcia.
Stemmler and Garcia were locked in their own battle for second place, just three points apart going into tonight’s race. By virtue of his win over Stemmler in the final round of eliminations, Garcia finished second, just 10 points ahead of Stemmler. Alex Cygna of Troy, Illinois, finished fourth and Tommy Heaney of Imperial, Missouri, completed the 2017 season in fifth place.
Winner: Brian Garcia (Fairmont City, Illinois) 1998 Camaro .011 12.290 sec. 106.93 mph.
Runner-up: Emily Stemmler (Jerseyville, Illinois) .058 12.153 sec. 109.29 mph.
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Gateway Motorsports Park 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 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, the state-of-the-art Gateway Kartplex and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.