MADISON, Illinois (September 23) – Gateway Motorsports Park and the National Hot Rod Association will present a free fan festival on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at The Outfield at Mike Shannon’s Steak & Seafood (www.shannonsteak.com) at 620 Market Street in St. Louis. The free fan fest will kick off this weekend’s NHRA AAA Midwest Insurance Nationals, which is the second event of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ 2015 Countdown to the Championship. The free event will include a driver and rider autograph session, show cars, live music and the opportunity to win race tickets.

The free driver and rider autograph session is scheduled to run from 4:30-6 p.m. The list of NHRA racers who have agreed to participate continues to grow. Fans now will have the opportunity to meet eight-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher, 2012 Funny Car champion Jack Beckman, Terry McMillen, Shawn Langdon, Larry Dixon, Jenna Haddock and Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Steve Johnson. The NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will be represented by Steve Matusek, Charlotte winner Danny Rowe, defending champion Rickie Smith and recent Houston victor Donnie Walsh Jr.

Schumacher’s U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster will be on display at the fan festival.

The NHRA AAA Midwest Insurance Nationals is an NHRA Countdown to the Championship event and is critical to drivers and riders chasing the 2015 title. Pro classes will include Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. The St. Louis event is the next-to-last race on the 2015 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series schedule.

For NHRA tickets and information, please visit www.gatewaymsp.com or call (855) 722-3845.

 

NHRA AAA MIDWEST INSURANCE NATIONALS SCHEDULE

Thursday, September 24

4-7 p.m. – Free NHRA fan festival at The Outfield at Mike Shannon’s Steak & Seafood, 520 Market Street in St. Louis.

 

Friday, September 25

8:30 a.m. – Sportsman qualifying.

2:15 p.m. – Pro Mod qualifying session.

2:45 p.m. – Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock qualifying session.

3:30 p.m. – Top Fuel Dragster and Nitro Funny Car qualifying session.

4:45 p.m. – Pro Mod qualifying session.

5:15 p.m. – Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock qualifying session.

6 p.m. – Top Fuel Dragster and Nitro Funny Car qualifying session.

7:30 p.m. – Track closed.

 

Saturday, September 26

8 a.m. – Sportsman eliminations.

1 p.m. – Pro Mod qualifying session.

1:45 p.m. – Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock qualifying session.

2:30 p.m. – Top Fuel Dragster and Nitro Funny Car qualifying session.

3:45 p.m. – First round of Pro Mod eliminations.

4:15 p.m. – Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock qualifying session.

5 p.m. – Top Fuel Dragster and Nitro Funny Car qualifying session.

6:15 p.m. – Second round of Comp Eliminator.

6:30 p.m. – Sportsman eliminations.

7:30 p.m. – Track closed.

 

Sunday, September 27

10 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies.

11 a.m. – First round of Top Fuel Dragster and Nitro Funny Car eliminations.

Noon – First round of Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock eliminations.

12:45 p.m. – Second round of Pro Mod eliminations.

1 p.m. – Second round of Top Fuel Dragster and Nitro Funny Car eliminations.

1:30 p.m. – Second round of Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations.

1:45 p.m. – Sportsman eliminations: semi-finals.

2:15 p.m. – Pro Mod eliminations: semi-finals.

2:35 p.m. – Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock eliminations: semi-finals.

2:40 p.m. – Top Fuel Dragster and Nitro Funny Car eliminations: semi-finals.

3 p.m. – Final round of Sportsman eliminations.

3:40 p.m. – Final round of Pro Mod eliminations.

3:50 p.m. – Final round of Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations.

3:55 p.m. – Finals round of Top Fuel Dragster and Nitro Funny Car eliminations.

Schedule subject to change.

 

2014 EVENT WINNERS: Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny Car), Dave Connolly (Pro Stock), Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

 

TRACK RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.737 sec. by Antron Brown (Sept. ’12), 327.74 mph by Tony Schumacher (Sept. ’13).

Funny Car – 4.001 sec. and 320.20 mph by Matt Hagan (Sept. ’13).

Pro Stock – 6.496 sec. and 213.47 mph by Jason Line (Sept. ’12).

Pro Stock Motorcycle – 6.769 sec. and 198.58 mph by Hector Arana Sr. (Sept. ’13).

 

NATIONAL RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.680 sec. by Antron Brown (Aug. ’15, Brainerd, Minn.), 332.75 mph by Spencer Massey (Aug. ‘15, Brainerd, Minn.).

Funny Car – 3.901 sec. by Jack Beckman (Aug. ‘15, Brainerd, Minn.), 329.58 mph by Matt Hagan (Aug. ‘15, Brainerd, Minn.).

Pro Stock – 6.455 sec. by Jason Line (March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.), 215.55 mph by Erica Enders-Stevens (May ‘14, Englishtown, N.J.).

Pro Stock Motorcycle – 6.728 sec. by Andrew Hines (Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.), 199.88 mph by Hector Arana Jr. (March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.).

 

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.

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