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All articles that have appeared in The Dragtime News during the 2018 season can be found here. Older items toward the bottom, more recent items toward the top.

Gateway Motorsports Park to Open Saturday, March 31
March 2, 2018, St. Louis Region – Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, will kick off its 2018 event season on Saturday, March 31 with a Test 'n' Tune session at the Dragplex. More than 130 events are planned at the area's largest outdoor entertainment facility, which is located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis. More than just an INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA motorsports entertainment facility, Gateway Motorsports Park also will host the ICS World Championship Chili Cook-Offs, Formula Drift, 5k runs and a circus in 2018.


(This schedule is subject to change due to weather and added dates. Please consult our website or social media for the latest updates).

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Southwest Showdown at Tucson Dragway
Tucson, AZ - The 2nd Annual Southwest Showdown is coming up March 8-11, 2018 at Tucson Dragway. The event includes three days of 1/8-mile big money bracket racing in Super Pro and Pro ET.

Friday features a $5K in Super Pro that pays $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $400 Quarters and $200 Eighths. Single day entry is $155, 1st-round buybacks are $80. Friday’s Pro ET race is a $3K that pays ...

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Bill Bader Jr.’s Energize LLC to Work With Maple Grove Raceway
MOHNTON, PA, - Bill Bader Jr.’s Energize, LLC has been hired by Maple Grove Raceway to help pave a prosperous path for its famed facility in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.

Through his motorsports marketing company, Bader Jr., who is also president of Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, will be part of inventing and implementing management and marketing programs to ensure that Maple Grove Raceway will be among the leaders in the motorsports industry.

“I will be involved in every aspect of Maple Grove Raceway’s operations, from staff and sponsors to track prep and ticket sales,” said Bader Jr., who has more than 40 years of experience in the motorsports industry. “Maple Grove Raceway’s market includes parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Washington and other states, and it is extraordinary. It is steeped in rich tradition, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for it.”

In addition to offering a wide variety of events April through October, the family-owned Maple Grove Raceway will host the 47th Annual Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, May 24-27, 2018 and the Dodge NHRA Nationals, Sept. 13-16, 2018, and among Bader Jr.’s goals is to help the facility captivate capacity crowds at each of those events.

“There are 200 sanctioned dragstrips in this country, and if they all operated to their potential, drag racing would be right up there with stick-and-ball sports,” said Bader Jr. “That would be the ideal scenario.”

For information about the track visit www.maplegroveraceway.com. For information about Bader Jr. and Energize, email energizeme@icloud.com or call 419-577-5210.

McClelland Wins Super Gas at NHRA Winternationals
Pomona, CA - The McClelland name and the Pomona Fairplex go hand in hand with the history of the NHRA which is why it's only fitting that Kevin McClelland would add a new chapter to the McClelland family legacy with his victory at the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.

All weekend long McClelland was strong on both ends of the track. His round 4 win on Saturday was within 0.007 seconds of his dial-in time and in his final four rounds he would grab the holeshot including the final round where his...

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IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Schedule Announced
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) announced today the complete 20-race schedule for the new IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular. The historic Wilkesboro Dragway, Wilkesboro, N.C., has been added to the schedule. The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular will produce a fun double-race weekend with increased purses that is affordable for grassroots, bracket-racing competitors who support their local tracks each week.

The opening weekend of races is March 9-11, 2018 at Xtreme Raceway Park, Ferris, Texas and Farmington Dragway, Mocksville, N.C. The races feature a $10,000-to-win payout on Saturday and a $5,000-to-win race on Sunday.

There is a national contingency program available to all IHRA members who advance to the final two rounds each day. As part of its contingency program, Summit Racing Equipment will now pay for the win, runner-up and semifinal positions.In addition, there are cash bonuses for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries member that goes the furthest in eliminations or wins the event.

“We are pleased to finalize the great venues and schedule which will bring grassroots bracket racers their shot to win two races for only a $150 pre-entry,” IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “This new program provides big money races without the big money entry fees. With all the extra features packed into this weekend, especially for IHRA members, these events present a tremendous value.”

On-site entry fees for the season-opening races are $150 for Saturday with a $10,000-to-win payout, $2,000 for the runner-up, $1,000 for the semifinals, and $100 per round starting with Round 3 winners. For Sunday, entry fees are $100 (for anyone not pre-entered) with a $5,000-to-win payout, $1,000 for the runner-up, $500 for the semifinals and $100 per round starting with Round 3 winners.

The biggest value comes for racers who pre-enter for the event. All pre-entered competitors will get a buy one / get one free offer to help kick off our 2018 season. When you pre-enter and buy an entry for Saturday’s race, you will get a free entry for Sunday’s race.

Pre-entries are available until Feb. 26, 2018 for the first two events of the season. Pre-registration will close for all events two weeks prior to each event date. Click here for online registration.

2018 Schedule:

  • March 9-11 — Xtreme Raceway Park, Ferris, Texas
  • March 9-11 — Farmington Dragway, Mocksville, N.C.
  • April 20-22 — State Capitol Raceway, Port Allen, La.
  • May 18-20 — Keystone Raceway Park, New Alexandria, Pa.
  • May 25-27 — Darlington Dragway, Darlington, S.C.
  • June 8-10 — Dragway 42, West Salem, Ohio
  • June 28-July 1 — Wilkesboro Dragway, Wilkesboro, N.C.
  • Aug. 17-19 — US 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, Mich.
  • Aug. 24-26 — Maryland International Raceway, Budds Creek, Md.
  • Sept. 28-30 — Memphis International Raceway, Millington, Tenn.
For more information, visit www.ihra.com.
Tucson Dragway Announces 2018 Team Bracket Schedule and Payouts
Tucson, AZ - Tucson Dragway has announced the schedule for the track's NHRA ET bracket racing points program along with the payout structure for points races. Tucson's points season kicks off Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 and includes nine (9) races:
  • Team Race #1 - February 3rd - Gates Open at 8am
  • Team Race #2 - February 4th - Gates Open at 8am
  • Team Race #3 - March 17th - Gates Open at 8am
  • Team Race #4 - March 18th - Gates Open at 8am
  • Team Race #5 - April 7th - Gates Open at 8am
  • Team Race #6 - April 8th - Gates Open at 8am
  • Team Race #7 -May 26th - Gates Open at 3pm
  • Team Race #8 - August 25th - Gates Open at 3pm
  • Team Race #9 - September 15th - Gates Open at 3pm

Team Tucson guaranteed payouts:

  • Super Pro:
    Winner: $1,000
    Runner-Up: $400
    Semi's: $150 (32+ Entries)
    Quarter's: $70 (40+ Entries)
  • Pro:
    Winner: $800
    Runner-Up: $300
    Semi's: $100 (32+ Entries)
    Quarter's: $50 (40+ Entries)
  • Sportsman:
    Winner: $200
    Runner-Up: $100
    Semi's: $40 (40+ Entries)
  • Motorcycle:
    Winner: $200
    Runner-Up: $100
    Semi's: $40 (40+ Entries)

    Race-day entry fees per class:
  • Super Pro: $80 - Index for 1/4 Mile: 7.00 to 12.25
  • Pro: $60 - Index for 1/4 Mile: 9.00 to 14.25
  • Sportsman: $40 - Index for 1/4 Mile: 12.00 to 20.25
  • High School: $40 - Index for 1/4 Mile: 12.00 to 20.25
  • Motorcycle: $40 - Index for 1/4 Mile: 7.50 to 16.25
  • JR Dragster: $30 - Index: (age appropriate for 1/8 Mile)

For more information, visit www.tucsondragway.com.

Final Thoughts About Old Bridge Township Raceway Park

This past week, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown NJ announced that it was ceasing all drag racing activities effective immediately. The track had entered into a multi-year lease agreement with Copart, the auto auction company, to store its vehicles on Raceway Park property. The track was not sold; other motorsports activities such as drifting and motocross will continue at the facility, but drag racing was done. No NHRA Summernationals, no NHRA Divisional race, no bracket racing.

This announcement was met with anger, disappointment, sadness and bewilderment by the track’s racers and fans. “How could the track owners do this?” was a common question. The current owners – the third generation of Napps who took over...

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The California Independent Funny Car Association's (CIFCA) Announces 2018 Schedule
The California Independent Funny Car Association 2018 season will kick off at the Whittier Area Classic Car Show, February 24th 2018 at Whittier Area Community Church. This annual car show is open to all makes and models of American and foreign classic and collector vehicles 1976 and older. The net proceeds of this event will fund Whittier Area Community Projects and help fund a Whittier Union High School District Scholarship honoring fallen Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer. It's free to the public. There will be live music, vendor booths, food trucks, sponsor information, raffle prizes, opportunity drawings, event t-shirts, games, kid activities and mini cackle-fest.

The CIFCA currently has four races booked for 2018 and are working on more. Currently three races at Sacramento Raceway Park for their Funny Car Fever, Nitro Nite of Fire & the Governor's Cup. New for 2018, the CIFCA is heading to Redding Dragstrip for the "Thunder Under the Lights." This will be the first time in many years that the CIFCA cars have run at Redding.

California Independent Funny Car Association 2018 Schedule*

  • February 24th - Whittier Area Classic Car Show - Whittier, CA
  • April 7th - Funny Car Fever - Sacramento Raceway Park - Sacramento, CA
  • June 9th - Nitro Nite of Fire - Sacramento Raceway Park - Sacramento, CA
  • Aug. 18th - Thunder Under the Lights - Redding Dragstrip - Redding, CA
  • Sept. 22nd - Governor's Cup - Sacramento Raceway Park - Sacramento, CA
For more information, visit www.cifca.com. *subject to change
Gateway Motorsports Park to Honor Local Drag Racing Champions February 3
St. Louis RegionGateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, will honor its 2107 E.T. Bracket Racing Series champions on Saturday, February 3. The awards banquet will take place at the Four Points Sheraton in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m., awards at 7 p.m. and dancing with DJ Doug Jenkins from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Champions include: Mike Eggleston (Super Pro), Jesse Garcia (Pro), Jim Pearson (Sportsman), Charles Willis Jr. (Super Pro Motorcycle). Sam Stewart (Jr. Dragster Thunder), Allysia Vaultonburg (Jr. Dragster Lightning) and Ronnie Beach III (High School).

The ticket deadline is January 30. Tickets are $45 each or $400 for a table of 10. Each champion will receive one complimentary ticket. To purchase tickets, please call (618) 215-8888 extensions 101 or 114. Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $92 by calling (888) 627-8246 (mention Gateway Motorsports Park to obtain the discount).