For Immediate Release

April 30, 2013




Madison, Illinois – Gateway Motorsports Park continues a great tradition of excellent Chrysler events for St Louis racing fans when Ram Trucks presents Mega Mopar Weekend.  The event comes to life May 17 – 19, 2013.  The event features multiple racing classes that provide opportunities for racers of various skill, and horsepower, levels.


The drag racing segment of the event is highlighted by the Nostalgia Super Stocks and Funny Cars as well as sportsman drag racing featuring Sunday eliminations.  There are guaranteed purses in Super Pro ($3,000 to win), Pro ($3,000 to win), Street/Sportsman ($1,200 to win), Top Dragster ($3,000 to win), Top Sportsman ($3,000 to win), Hemi ($1,000 to win), True Street ($350), and Trophy. All of the guaranteed purse classes are exclusively for Chrysler bodied and/or powered vehicles.


In addition to all of the guaranteed Chrysler classes, two bonus open competition classes will be contested.  Mopars vs. the World (open to any type of race car) is set to pay $3,000 to win based on 64 cars. The Pony Car Challenge (open to 2006 and newer Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers) is set to pay $350 based on 16 cars.   These additional classes provide the opportunity for everyone’s racing friends to accompany them to the event.  It also gives Mopar racers the opportunity to double-up for additional chances to win in multiple classes.


Class winners in all categories will receive a jacket and a trophy.  In addition, all event quarter-finalists will receive a special invitation to come back to Gateway on August 9-11 for a champion’s run-off for the All-American Hot Rod Showdown.


The racing begins on Friday, May 17 with two rounds of time trials followed by a $40 to enter Gambler race.  On Saturday, the event will feature two rounds of time trials and qualifying as well as a bonus race for a $20 buy-in.  Sunday begins with a 1/8 mile run-for-the-money event followed by championship eliminations for all classes.


For a complete schedule of events, payouts and racing rules, please visit the racer information page at