MADISON, Illinois (October 3) – Scott Offerman of Highland, Illinois, defeated Scott Cook of Festus, Missouri to win top honors in the Super Pro class during the annual NHRA National Dragster Challenge Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Dustin Bryant won the Pro class and Danny Ratulowski claimed the Sportsman division trophy. Charles Willis Jr. won the Super Pro Motorcycle class.

Leah Albietz (Junior Lightning) and Amber Schmidt (Junior Thunder) were victors in the final points race of 2015 NHRA Jr. Dragster competition.


NHRA National Dragster Challenge – Final-round elimination results, Saturday, October 3

Indicating driver/rider, hometown, vehicle, elapsed time (E.T.) and top speed.



Winner: Scott Offerman (Highland, Illinois) 2005 dragster  5.009 sec./128.31 mph.

Runner-up: Scott Cook (Festus, Missouri) 2015 Racecraft  5.081 sec./112.74 mph.



Winner: Dustin Bryant (Litchfield, Illinois) 1975 Monza  6.801 sec./82.62 mph.

Runner-up: Tom Heaney (Imperial, Missouri) 1991 Mustang  6.062 sec./112.47 mph.



Winner: Danny Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois) 2001 Camaro  12.853 sec./106.75 mph.

Runner-up: Mike Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois) 2000 Camaro  13.135 sec./100.87 mph.



Winner: Charles Willis Jr. (Bunker Hill, Illinois) 2003 Hayabusa  10.029 sec./133.86 mph.

Runner-up: Janie Palm (Bunker Hill, Illinois) 2008 Hayabusa  9.058 sec./136.87 mph.



Winner: Leah Albietz (Wentzville, Missouri) 7.976 sec./72.19 mph.

Runner-up: Luke Albietz (Wentzville, Missouri) 7.937 sec./82.09 mph.



Winner: Amber Schmidt (Wildwood, Missouri) 9.509 sec./68.15 mph.

Runner-up: Luke Hansen (Imperial, Missouri)  13.906 sec./44.63 mph.


COMING UP: Oct. 17-18 St. Louis Superbucks Showdown. The winner in each day’s final round of Super Pro eliminations could earn a $10,000 payday and the Pro bracket winner faces a potential $5,000 prize. Super Pro racers who enter the unique Illinois Lottery Run for the Money event have the opportunity to win a prize that could reach hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars. The entry fee for the Illinois Lottery Run for the Money is $20.  The driver who runs closest to his dial-in will receive 50% of the total entry fees collected and $500 worth of Illinois Lottery scratch-off tickets.

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.


Media Contact: John Bisci