Record crowds anticipated for AAA NHRA Midwest Nationals


September 24, 2015 – ST. LOUIS REGION.  – In anticipation of record crowds for this weekend’s AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, officials from Gateway Motorsports Park have released updated traffic directions for those attending the three day event.  The facility offers multiple entry points into the facility to reduce congestion.

Traffic coming from Missouri is encouraged to use the new I-70 Stan Musial/Veteran’s Memorial Bridge.

GENERAL PARKING:   Please take I-55/I-70 to Illinois exit 4 (IL 203) and proceed north to the main entry point into the facility (across from the truck stop). All traffic will be directed to turn left into the facility and then take an immediate right (north) to the general admission parking area.  Daily parking is $20 per vehicle and will be collected upon entry.

ORANGE WEST (ADVANCE PURCHASE ONLY) / SUITE HOLDER / ADA (HANDICAP) / GOLD KEY – Recommended route is Illinois exit 4 (IL 203) South to Collinsville Road.  Turn right on Collinsville Road (at the BP station), proceed approximately 1/8 of a mile and turn right into the facility at the Gateway Dirtplex.  Proceed under the interstate overpass to designated parking areas.

GATEWAY WILL CALL / TICKET PICK-UP:  Located directly across from Gateway Motorsports Park next to the truck stop.  Upon exiting Interstate I-55/I-70 via exit 4, please proceed north and immediately turn right into toward the truck stop.  Please look for the large sign that reads ‘Will Call.’  All pre-purchased tickets and pre-arranged Gateway Credentials will be available at that location.

To purchase advance weekend parking, please visit and visit the purchase tickets link on the home page.

The AAA NHRA Midwest Nationals Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship at Gateway Motorsports Park, September 25 – 27 is one of the loudest, most exhilarating, heart-pounding weekends in St. Louis motorsports. The event is the second of six playoff races in and 20th of 24 races in the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.



FRIDAY, Sept. 25 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying

NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 2:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 2:45 and 5:15 p.m.


SATURDAY, Sept. 26 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations

NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 1 p.m.; first round of eliminations at 3:45 p.m.

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 1:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.


SUNDAY, Sept. 27 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.

MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.


TICKETS: Gateway Motorsports Park is currently selling full event and individual event reserved and general admission tickets, New – Top Eliminator Club tickets, and RV Packages for the NHRA September 26 – 28, 2014 event on   or by calling  618- 215-8888 or 855-RACETIK (855-722-3845)


The vision for the new 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, Gateway is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the region, encompassing a ¼ mile NHRA-sectioned drag strip, 1.25 mile NASCAR Speedway, 1.6 mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a new 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.


For more information about Gateway Motorsports Park visit .