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Festus’ Lindsey Schmidt wins NHRA Midwest Nationals High School final

Photo: Michael Allio


September 25, 2021, St. Louis Region – Lindsey Schmidt of Festus, Missouri, won the final round of eliminations in the Ranken Technical College High School class during the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Schmidt defeated fellow Festus resident Collin Boehmer in the final.

“This is amazing,” Schmidt said. “What we went through, this year, we went through four fuel pumps in four weeks. I couldn’t have done it without my dad.”

The top eight drivers in the final 2021 points in the Ranken Technical College High School class were invited to race in this special event to participate in the track’s biggest drag racing event of the year.

Round 1

Kayden Koehler defeated Samantha Ott.

Sam Rowling defeated Camden Tallman.

Collin Boehmer defeated Hailey Rice.

Lindsey Schmidt defeated David Breuer.


Round 2

Boehmer defeated Rowling.

Schmidt defeated Koehler.



11x Camden Tallman (Jerseyville, IL)

28 Sam Rowling (Grafton, IL)

374 Lindsey Schmidt (Festus, MO)

427 Kayden Koehler, 2021 High School champion (Festus, MO)

569 Collin Boehmer (Festus, MO)

587 Hailey Rice (Maryland Heights, MO)

714 Samantha Ott (Arnold, MO)

1204 David Breuer (Fenton, MO)


Tickets for WWTR’s NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Midwest Nationals may be purchased by calling (618) 215-888, online at www.WWTRaceway.com and at the WWTR ticket office. Every ticket is a pit pass. Kids 12 and under are free in Grandstands 4 and 5, when accompanied by a paid adult.


7:30 a.m. – Parking lots open.

8 a.m. – Spectator gates open.

8:30 a.m. – Midway opens (suggested time of arrival for fans).

9:30 a.m. – Pre-race ceremonies.

10:30 a.m. – First round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.

11:30 a.m. – First round of Pro Stock eliminations.

11:50 a.m. – Factory Stock Showdown.

12 p.m. – Mountain Motor Pro Stock.

1 p.m. – Second round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.

1:15 p.m. – Second of Pro Stock eliminations.

1:20 p.m. Factory Stock Showdown.

1:25 p.m. – Mountain Motor Pro Stock.

2:20 p.m. – Third round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.

2:30 p.m. – Third round of Pro Stock eliminations.

2:35 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown.

2:45 p.m. – Mountain Motor Pro Stock, followed by Parade of Champions.

3:35 p.m. – Factory Stock Showdown.

3:40 p.m. – Final round of Pro Stock eliminations.

3:45 p.m. – Final round of Funny Car eliminations.

3:50 p.m. – Final round of Top Fuel Dragster eliminations.


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 600 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, a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue and the Gateway Drive-In Theater at World Wide Technology Raceway (a drive-in entertainment venue able to accommodate 3,000 cars). 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. The 2021 season marks Francois’ 10th year as owner and CEO of WWTR.


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