A busy holiday weekend of drag racing action now is in the record books at Gateway Motorsports Park’s Dragplex in Madison, Illinois.

NHRA KING OF THE TRACK: (September 2 winners versus September 3 winners.) Charles Willis Jr. of Collinsville, Illinois hit the trifecta: He won the NHRA King of the Track title, clinched the 2017 Super Pro Motorcycle and won the final round of eliminations. Jim Pearson of Winfield, Missouri was runner-up.

RANDY DRAKE MEMORIAL: The inaugural Randy Drake Memorial was organized to honor the memory of the longtime drag racer and car owner from Arnold, Missouri who passed away in May, just before his 60th birthday. Rich Komor of Litchfield, Illinois defeated Dan Huelling in the final round of eliminations.

2017 Gateway E.T. Bracket Series presented by Carl’s 4-Wheel Drive & Performance Center champions: Mike Eggleston (Super Pro), Jesse Garcia (Pro), Jim Pearson (Sportsman), Charles Willis Jr. (Super Pro Motorcycle), Allysia Vaultonburg (Jr. Dragster Lightning), Sam Stewart (Jr. Dragster Thunder). The closest battle was in the Sportsman category: Jim Pearson won the title by only one point over Aaron Hagen. Link to final point standings on Gatewaymsp.com: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5EEPy3EzVf9alZVUUpOdDFQVGc/view.

 

Final-round results, indicating driver/rider, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time, top speed:

SUNDAY, SEPT. 3

SUPER PRO

Winner: Dennis Pearson (St. Peters, Missouri) 1998 Camaro  .056  7.163 sec. 82.49 mph.

Runner-up: Dirk Sutton (Wentzville, Missouri) 1992 Camaro  -1.353 (fouled)  5.615 sec. 111.26 mph.

 

PRO

Winner: Barclay Schmidt (Festus, Missouri) .011  6.280 sec. 108.39 mph.

Runner-up: Jesse Garcia (St. Louis, Missouri) 1978 Nova  .028  6.625 sec. 95.36 mph.

 

SPORTSMAN

Winner: Jim Pearson (Winfield, Missouri) 1972 Mustang  .022  12.081 sec. 108.31 mph.

Runner-up: Kyle Jennings (Maryland Heights, Missouri) 2013 Challenger  .098  12.599 sec. 114.66 mph.

 

SUPER PRO MOTORCYCLE

Winner: Charles Willis Jr. (Collinsville, Illinois) Hayabusa  .079  10.097 sec. 135.32 mph.

Runner-up: Scott Leonard (Glen Carbon, Illinois) 2009 Hayabusa  -.020 (fouled)  9.223 sec.

 

TROPHY

Winner: Dan Helmsing (St. Clair, Missouri) 2014 Charger  .146  12.447 sec. 111.16 mph.

Runner-up: Tim Zeuner (Imperial, Missouri) 2014 Cruze  .098  17.710 sec. 81.38 mph.

 

JR. DRAGSTER THUNDER

Winner: Brendan Cox (Wentzville, Missouri)  .113  8.924 sec. 71.55 mph.

Runner-up: Nick Dokman (Fairview Heights, Illinois)  .157  9.010 sec. 69.91 mph.

 

JR. DRAGSTER LIGHTNING

Winner: Collin Boehmer (Festus, Missouri)  .081  7.972 sec. 80.73 mph.

Runner-up: Allysia Vaultonburg (Canton, Illinois)  .104  7.911 sec. 82.54 mph.

 

JR. DRAGSTER RUN-OFF

Winner: Brendan Cox (Wentzville, Missouri)   .220  8.987 sec. 71.09 mph

Runner-up: Collin Boehmer (Festus, Missouri)   .214  8.100 sec. 82.28 mph.

 

$2,000-TO-WIN RANDY DRAKE MEMORIAL

Winner: Rich Komor (Litchfield, Illinois) Nova  .026  7.282 sec. 95.35 mph.

Runner-up: Dan Huelling  Camaro  .044  6.440 sec. 105.84 mph.

 

NHRA KING OF THE TRACK

Winner: Charles Willis Jr. (Collinsville, Illinois) Hayabusa  .036  6.537 sec. 106.24 mph.

Runner-up: Jim Pearson (Winfield, Missouri) 1972 Mustang  .155  7.613 sec. 89.27 mph.

 

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 2

SUPER PRO

Winner: Dennis Pearson (St. Peters, Missouri) 1998 Camaro  .007  6.993 sec. 99.25 mph.

Runner-up: Greg Sesti (St. Charles, Missouri) 1957 Chevrolet  .001  5.136 sec. 133.76 mph.

 

PRO

Winner: Jesse Garcia (St. Louis, Missouri) 1978 Nova  .014  6.602 sec. 97.47 mph.

Runner-up: Adam Penning (Hermann, Missouri) .006  6.469 sec. 106.06 mph.

 

SPORTSMAN

Winner: Bryan Ferguson (St. Louis, Missouri) 2016 Mustang  .020  12.332 sec. 115.29 mph.

Runner-up: Craig Powell (St. Louis, Missouri) 1985 Monte Carlo  .058  12.325 sec. 109.58 mph.

 

SUPER PRO MOTORCYCLE

Winner: Janie Palm (Bunker Hill, Illinois) 2008 Hayabusa  .047  9.008 sec. 151.99 mph.

Runner-up: Scott Leonard (Glen Carbon, Illinois) 2009 Hayabusa  .096  8.781 sec. 159.14 mph.

 

TROPHY

Winner: Karen Jost (St. Louis, Missouri) 2006 Acura TE  .053  15.761 sec. 90.92 mph.

Runner-up: Tim Mallicoat (Caseyville, Illinois)  .201  11.972 sec. 85.77 mph.

 

JR. DRAGSTER THUNDER

Winner: Sarah Stewart (Washington, Missouri)  .097  12.037 sec. 49.36 mph.

Runner-up: Matthew Taylor (St. Charles, Missouri)  .228  13.998 sec. 44.81 mph.

 

JR. DRAGSTER LIGHTNING

Winner: Trenton Bryan (Jackson, Missouri)  .125  7.904 sec. 82.76 mph.

Runner-up: Lindsey Schmidt (Festus, Missouri)  .034  8.660 sec. 72.70 mph.

 

JR. DRAGSTER RUN-OFF

Winner: Trenton Bryan (Jackson, Missouri)  .115  7.930 sec. 77.93 mph.

Runner-up: Sarah Stewart (Washington, Missouri)  .071  11.926 sec. 53.05 mph.

 

MOPAR SHOOTOUT “A” FIELD

Winner: James Breuer (Fenton, Missouri) 1973 Dart  .039  10.627 sec. 124.65 mph.

Runner-up: Dan Smith (Afton, Missouri) 1972 Demon  .046  10.057 sec. 131.77 mph.

 

MOPAR SHOOTOUT “B” FIELD

Winner: Dan Smith (Afton, Missouri) 1972 Demon  .053  10.072 sec. 131.96 mph.

Runner-up: Nick Channey (Fenton, Missouri)  -.276 (fouled)  12.111 mph  113.02 mph.

 

MOPAR SHOOTOUT RUN-OFF

Winner: James Breuer (Fenton, Missouri) 1973 Dart  .071  10.619 sec. 124.50 mph.

Runner-up: Dan Smith (Afton, Missouri) 1972 Demon  -.005 (fouled)  10.071 sec. 131.96 mph.

 

NEXT EVENTS:

September 6: Wide Open Wednesday Presented By AAA Insurance. http://www.gatewaymsp.com/aug-9-wide-open-wednesday-presented-by-aaa-insurance/

September 8-10: United Black Drag Racers Association (UBDRA). https://www.ubdra.org/

 

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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.