New programs on tap for 2020 Carl’s 4WD & Performance ET Bracket Series

10-race series determines track champions and a shot at the NHRA world title


February 14, 2020, St. Louis Region – Exciting news for E.T. bracket racers was announced today at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. For the first time in its history, racers in the Carl’s 4WD & Performance ET Championship Series will be invited to participate in a special event during the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals on Friday, October 2, for the King of the Arch Championship Runoff. The top two racers in the final point standings in each class will be eligible to compete for the Arch title.

“This will be a great way to showcase our local and regional racers in front of a tremendous crowd of NHRA fans and hopefully add to the growth and development of our series,” said WWTR Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. “The top two in points in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle will face off in a three-round runoff to be named King of the Arch and receive a special-edition trophy produced exclusively for this event.”

In addition for an opportunity to win the NHRA Arch title world championship, participants who register to compete to earn points in the 10-race Carl’s 4WD & Performance bracket series also will be eligible for bonus cash awards at each event – as well as participation in the $100,000 Contingency Connection Racer Rewards program. Racers who earn points will eligible for weekly, mid-season and end-of season awards as well as contingency prizes for race wins in Super Pro, Pro and Sportsman classes.

“The Contingency Connection is back by popular demand. Our loyal racers enjoyed the many great prizes,” continued Blair. “Ronnie Ball has done a tremendous job is securing great bonus sponsors. His special event programs are unique and the overall addition to our existing E.T. bracket series cash payouts, year-end point funds and special events truly benefit the working-class racer.”

There will be a link on the WWTR website for racers to sign up for the points program. A complete set of rules will be posted on the WWTR website by March 2. Racers must sign up for the points program in order to be eligible for the contingency awards. If the winner is not registered for the points program, the award will go to the next racer who is.

The first Carl’s 4WD & Performance E.T. Championship Series event will kick off on April 4 with a special appearance in conjunction with the return of the American Drag Racing League (ADRL). The series continues through Labor Day Weekend with a special doubleheader and NHRA King of the Track. Series points registration will begin on Monday, March 2, with weekly prize drawings for early entrants through April 2.

In addition to the 10-race point program, E.T. bracket racers also will have featured events throughout the season: with the VP Racing Fuels SuperStar Series, National Mustang Racing Association, National Muscle Car Association, Mother Road Rendezvous, UBDRA Black Sunday and Challenge.

2020 Carl’s 4WD & Performance bracket series schedule

April 4 (Saturday) – Race No. 1 with ADRL

April 11 (Saturday) — Race No. 2, Easter Bunny Classic

April 25 (Saturday) — Race No. 3

June 6 (Saturday) — Race No. 4

July 11 (Saturday) — Race No. 5, Mid-season Championship Night and awards

July 18 (Saturday) — Race No. 6, with Super Chevy Show

July 25 (Saturday) — Race No. 7

August 1 (Saturday) — Race No. 8

September 5 (Saturday) — Race No. 9, NHRA King of the Track and Focus Fest

September 6 (Sunday) — Race No. 10, Season finale and Randy Drake Memorial


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.

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