290 entries pack Gateway Motorsports Park for special NHRA bracket event.


Madison, Illinois – Gateway Motorsports Park hosted it’s first NHRA specialty event for Jr. Dragster and E.T. Bracket racers for the 2013 season on Saturday, June 8 with the annual running of the National Dragster Challenge and Jr. Dragster Challenge.  The event featured nine classes of racing for 290 entries who were on hand to win a special edition NHRA Wally award.


Class winners include; Rod Schaeffer of Trenton, Illinois in Super Pro, John Ratulowski of Highland, Illinois in Pro, Mike Davis of O’Fallon, Missouri in Sportsman, Mark Abrams of Bethalto, Illinois won Pro Motorcycle and Charles Willis, Jr. from Manchester, Missouri in Street Motorcycle.  Matt Schaeffer of Trenton, Illinois joined his father Rod in victory lane by claiming the Box 1/8 mile bonus race.  St. Charles, Missouri racer Lloyd Jennings won the non-electronic No Box 1/8 mile bonus.


The day began with the Jr. Dragster Challenge with Jacob Hunter from Springfield, Illinois winning the Lightning final over Leah Albietz.  In Jr. Dragster Thunder Dylan Sutton of Moscow Mills, Missouri won over Allysia Vaultonburg.


The Gateway E.T. Bracket Championship resumes on Saturday, June 29 with point race #5 and Jr. Dragster point race #4.   Gateway Motorsports Park will host the X-DRL Extreme Drag Racing League this Friday and Saturday (June 14 and 15) and the Super Chevy Show on June 22 and 23.