January 10, 2020, St. Louis Region – Officials for the American Drag Racing League announced today it is returning to the St. Louis market and World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, on April 3-4 to kick off its 2020 season.
The ADRL will visit WWTR twice in 2020, with the ADRL’s signature Dragstock event scheduled for October 16-17.
The series has provided standing room-only crowds and incredible drag racing since the early 2000s, with St. Louis fans being witness to some of the greatest moments in its history. The ADRL’s 2009 race still stands as one of the best-attended events in the track’s pre-WWTR history.
Word of the ADRL’s return in December at the PRI show in Indianapolis created a buzz within the industry with some of the best drivers in the sport already announcing their participation. Racers such as Frankie “Madman” Taylor, Bubba Stanton, Jon Stouffer, Randy Merick, Adam Flamholc, and NHRA standout Scott Palmer are expected to race Pro Extreme here in April with participating drivers to be named soon in the Big Tire No Time, Small Tire No Time, Jr. Dragsters, and local bracket fields.
ADRL President Mel Roth knows all about the quality of racing at WWTR. His Street Car Super Nationals event is entering its seventh year in St. Louis, as are his Premier Street Car Association races.
“I can’t say enough about this track,” Roth said. “The fans are awesome, the racers are some of the best you’ll ever see, and hands down, this is one of the best-prepared tracks we’ve ever raced at. The track crew works really hard and the results speak for themselves. It doesn’t matter what the weather conditions are, you can expect record-breaking action here any and every time cars go down the track.”
The announcement of Roth as ADRL president was welcome news to WWTR Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair.
“Having worked with Mel for nearly 20 seasons and here in St. Louis for seven Street Car Super Nationals events, we were pleased to see that he would be serving as president of the new ADRL,” Blair said. “He is an extremely hardworking promoter who has the trust of the racers and understands the importance of delivering a quality show to the paying customer. I think he will do some incredible things with this property and provide our fans with yet another exciting show.”
For more information on the American Drag Racing League and to stay up-to-date on breaking news, follow them on their official page on Facebook at Facebook.com/ADRLDrags and on Instagram and Twitter at @ADRLDrags. Fans can also visit the official ADRL website at ADRLDrags.com.
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About World Wide Technology Raceway
World Wide Technology Raceway 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 380 acres, WWTR is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. WWTR’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, recently-expanded 2.0-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue. WWTR acquired Gateway National Golf Links, adjacent to the speedway property, in 2019. WWTR was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from the St. Louis Attractions Association. In 2018, owner and CEO Curtis Francois received the Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission in recognition of his work for restoring World Wide Technology Raceway (known then as Gateway Motorsports Park) to prominence.