WWTR drag strip to honor its Carl’s 4WD & Performance Center Bracket Series champions March 9

UPDATE: TB Promotions has generously donated an entry into the TB Promotions Twin 50s event at WWTR for the winner of Saturday’s practice tree race! Read about it HERE.

ST. LOUIS, February 28, 2024 – World Wide Technology Raceway’s drag strip will honor its 2023 Carl’s 4WD & Performance Center Bracket Series champions on Saturday, March 9. The awards ceremony will be held in the WWTR Driver’s Meeting Room, located in the oval track’s infield.

WWTR’s 2023 drag racing champions include:

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 Super Pro — Dennis Pearson

Pro – Jon Tignor

Sportsman – Craig Powell

Kevin R. Schwartz Attorney at Law Motorcycle – Tom Klemme

Jr. Dragster Thunder – Stetsun Taylor

Jr. Dragster Lightning – Cohen Hale

High School – Luke Beach

Dear WWTR Drag Racers,

You are invited to join us in celebration of our 2023 Carl’s 4WD & Performance Center champions. The awards ceremony will be held in the World Wide Technology Driver’s Meeting Room, located in the oval track’s infield, on Saturday, March 9. Most of you are probably not familiar with the location. It is in the center of the oval infield off the garage/paddock area. This is a new event space, built to accommodate larger meeting space needs, such as our banquet.

New for this event, we will be incorporating a Practice Tree Race. We want to make this more than just your typical awards banquet — we want it to be fun for you, the racer.  Additionally, we are going to use the Practice Tree Race as a fundraiser to help everyone with travel costs for the Division 3 ET Finals, which is moving to Norwalk, Ohio. We are planning to do a series of fundraiser activities throughout the 2024 season to help offset the larger costs that are incurred due to the further tow distance.

Practice Tree Race:
All entries will be cash only, day of the event.

$20/entry (max. of 4 entries).

$10 buy-back (inserted into Round 2).

All money generated by the Practice Tree Race will be split 50% to payout and 50% to an ET Finals Travel Fund.

Purse will be split: 70% winner, 20% runner up, and 5% semis.

ET Finals Travel Fund will be split amongst all racers traveling to represent WWTR at the D3 finals in Norwalk, Ohio.


Doors Open: 2 p.m.

Practice Tree time trials: 3 p.m.

Practice Tree eliminations: 4 p.m.

Dinner: 6 p.m.

Awards: 7 p.m.


RSVP (advance) pricing: $35/person.

Please RSVP by Monday, February 26, with the WWTR ticket office at 618-215-8888, or buy on Pit Pay app (just like you would a race entry).

Door pricing: $40/person.

Please dress casual, as you would if we were racing.

Banquet will include dinner, followed by awards.  Cash bar will be available throughout both the Practice Tree Race and awards banquet. No outside alcohol is permitted on the premises.

We will be accepting serious nominations for special awards until February 1. Please submit your nominations to bcannon@wwtraceway.com.  We will then have final voting. Award winners will be announced at the banquet.

Hoppin’ Julio Garcia Mechanic Of The Year

This award reflects an individual who make the most out of his/her skills to be successful in their own race operations or their fellow competitors, as to opposed spending lots of money on the project. 


Mary Luter Gracious Lady Award

This award reflects someone with a great attitude and strong work ethic who was always willing to go out of her way to help anyone in need.

Young Gun Award

This is awarded not given every year, as we do not always have a candidate to award this to. The award recipient must be between the ages of 18 and 30 who demonstrates maturity, leadership and sportsmanship on and off the track.

Earl Liverpool Sportsman Of The Year Award

Presented to an individual who embodies defeat without complaint; victory without gloating; and exemplifies the very best image of World Wide Technology Raceway by presenting the very best image of his or herself.

Please join us for an afternoon/evening of fun, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Brad Cannon, Race Director

About World Wide Technology Raceway

World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) is the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR, and NHRA racing in St. Louis’ Metro East region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering 700 acres, WWTR is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. WWTR’s facilities include a 1.25-mile superspeedway; 1/4-mile drag strip; 2.0-mile road course; the Gateway Kartplex state-of-the-art karting facility; and the adjacent Gateway National Golf Links. WWTR and Owner & CEO Curtis Francois have been recognized with several awards, including: 2023 St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame induction; 2023 Innovation in Philanthropy Award by the St. Louis Business Journal; 2022 Explore St. Louis Hospitality Hero Recognition; 2022 Best in Show and Best Event & Festival from the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism; 2021 Comcast Community Champion of the Year; 2021 Jack Buck Award; 2020 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Track Award; 2018 Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission; 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.

Our mission: We are committed to making a difference in our community, while providing first-class entertainment and memories that last a lifetime.


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