August 17, 2020 – World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, has four unique — and fun — drag racing events planned for participants and fans this weekend.
The first event of the week is Wide Open Wednesday on August 19. The race car test night presented by AAA Insurance includes the series finale for the High School Drag Racing Class presented by Ranken Technical College. Amanda Miller leads the High School points.
Wednesday evening also features the popular Cruise for the Brews Bike Night. Motorcycles and riders are admitted free of charge and beers are only $2 each.
On Friday, street-legal drag racing takes center stage as Ranken Technical College presents Midnight Madness fueled by Monster. Drifting presented by Mirror Finish and a car cruise. Midnight Madness is open to any licensed driver with proof of insurance and a street-legal car or motorcycle. Midnight Madness is WWTR’s safer alternative to illegal street racing.
On Saturday, champions will be crowned as WWTR hosts a doubleheader for the Carl’s 4WD & Performance E.T. Bracket Series and Jr. Dragster Series presented by Ranken Technical College. The second race was necessitated due to a rainout earlier in the month so these back-to-back races are the final points meets of the 2020 season. Current points leaders include: Tommy Barbero (Super Pro), Clay Tyler (Pro), Brad Kaemmerer (Sportsman), Scott Leonard (Motorcycle), Sam Stewart (Jr. Dragster Lightning) and Sarah Stewart (Jr. Dragster Thunder).
- Please note that masks are required for gate admission and to purchase items from vendors or concessionaires during events. Concession stands will close at 11 p.m. each night.
- The track will adhere to the 20% capacity rule for events.
- We encourage everyone to wear a mask, wash your hands and maintain a safe distance from others.
- The drag strip will be closed from August 23 to September 9. The venue will be utilized in the production of the annual INDYCAR-NASCAR event on August 29-30, as well as Formula Drift on September 3-6.
Wide Open Wednesday and Cruise for the Brews Night (Wednesday)
5 p.m. – Gates open for Pit Pay app users.
5:30 p.m. – Gates open for on-site purchasers.
6 p.m. – Racing for Pit Pay app and ETI certified cars.
6:30 p.m. – Racing for entries that did not use Pit Pay app or did not RTI certify.
10:30 p.m. – Staging lanes closed.
11 p.m. – Conclude event.
Midnight Madness (Friday):
6 p.m. — Gates for Pit Pay app users.
6:30 p.m. — Gates for on-site purchasers/non-restricted crew.
6:30 p.m. — Racing for Pit Pay app and RTI-certified cars.
6:30 p.m. — Tech inspection for non-RTI-certified cars.
7:30 p.m. — Racing for non-Pit Pay and non-RTI-certified cars.
Midnight — Staging lanes closed.
1 a.m. — Track closed.
Carl’s 4WD & Performance ET Bracket Series double (Saturday):
9 a.m. — Gates open (Pit Pay app users use far left booth).
9:15 a.m. — Tech inspection (non-ETI).
10 a.m. — Time trial, all classes: Jr. Dragsters, Sportsman, Pro, Motorcycle, Super Pro, Test ‘n’ Tune.
11:30 a.m. — Eliminations begin for Race No. 5. Run order: Jr. Dragsters, Sportsman, Pro, Motorcycle, Super Pro, Test ‘n’ Tune.
Eliminations Continue Rounds 2, 3, and 4. Run order: Jr. Dragsters, Sportsman, Pro, Motorcycle, Super Pro, Test ‘n’ Tune.
Sportsman time trial for losers in round 1-3 and new entries (for Race No. 6).
Eliminations continue Round 5: Jr. Dragsters, Sportsman, Pro, Motorcycle, Super Pro, Test ‘n’ Tune.
Pro time trial for losers in Rounds 1-3 and new entries (for Race No. 6).
Motorcycle time trial for losers in Rounds 1-3 and new entries (for Race No. 6).
Eliminations Continue Round 6: Jr. Dragsters, Sportsman, Pro, Motorcycle, Super Pro.
Super Pro time trial for losers in Rounds 1-3 and new entries (for Race No. 6).
Finals for Race No. 5.
Eliminations for Race No. 6 (immediately following all finals of Race 5): Jr. Dragsters, Sportsman, Pro, Motorcycle, Super Pro.
11 p.m. — Track closed. Racers will be permitted to stay in the pits overnight on Saturday.
Schedule subject to change.
For additional information on World Wide Technology Raceway, please call (618) 215-8888. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Parler, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
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.