Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Drag Racing Advice: Bring Your Earplugs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Drag Racing Advice: Bring Your Earplugs

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Drag racing is an entity unto itself in the world of motor sports. There is nothing else quite like it.

With a National Hot Rod Association national event - the Sears Craftsman Nationals - coming to the newly redesigned Gateway International Raceway for the first time, here are some basic questions and answers about the sport and the track.

Q: Where is Gateway International Raceway? A: In Madison, about five miles east of downtown St. Louis at the intersection of Interstates 55/70 and Illinois Route 203. Q: Where is the drag strip situated? A: On the southeast side of the facility, behind the permanent stands for the oval track. Q: How many spectators can be accommodated for drag racing? A: There is permament and temporary seating for 25,000. Q: How about parking? A: The same four major lots that were used for the Motorola 300 Indy-car race last month will be used for the Sears Craftsman Nationals. There are some 24,000 parking spaces within proximity of the track. Fans are encouraged to buy color-coded parking passes in advance. Again, buses will ferry fans from the lots to the track. Plus, shuttle buses will run from the Casino Queen MetroLink station in East St. Louis ($2 round trup) and from St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights ($4 round trip) to the track. Q: Will traffic flow be improved? A: The same basic plan will be followed, but track officials have made some adjustments that they believe will relieve congestion. Plus, the crowds should be significantly smaller than the one on race day at the Moto rola 300, when 48,500 were in attendance. Q: What is a drag race? A: Simply, one that involves a car or motorcycle covering a quarter-mile in a straight line as quickly as possible. Q: What kind of vehicles are involved? A: There are several classifications of drag-racing vehicles, many in the sportsman (generally amateur) classes. …

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