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.
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.
2018 MID-AMERICA SUPERSTAR SHOWDOWN SCHEDULE
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.
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About Gateway Motorsports Park
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, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.