Gateway Motorsports Park not affiliated with Gateway Dirt Nationals

Gateway Motorsports Park Offers Clarification on St Louis Dome Event – They Are Not Affiliated with Gateway Dirt Nationals

Apparently, some racing fans are confused. Gateway Motorsports Park has received many calls about the nearby Gateway Dirt Nationals. The GMP staff has issued a statement informing fans they are not in anyway affiliated with the dirt racing hosted at the Dome.

December 6, 2016, St. Louis Region – Chris Blair, Gateway Motorsports Park’s Executive Vice President & General Manager, issued a statement today regarding the December 15-17 VP Racing Fuels Gateway Dirt Nationals at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

“As a clarification, Gateway Motorsports Park — the home of NHRA, NASCAR and INDYCAR in the St. Louis region — is not associated with the promotion and production of next week’s event known as the VP Racing Fuels Gateway Dirt Nationals.”

“When the event was announced in February, we were concerned there might be some confusion — that people would associate Gateway Motorsports Park with the event being held at the Edward Jones Dome. Many race fans mistakenly are contacting Gateway Motorsports Park for event and ticket information.

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“We have been in communication with Cody Sommer, the indoor dirt event’s promoter, and hope his event is a success. For that reason, we are sharing his contact information.

“It will be an excellent weekend for racing fans in the St. Louis area as the United States Auto Club will host the annual Junior Knepper 55 for Midgets at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois on Saturday, December 17. This is one weekend I’m happy we aren’t racing at our track so we can enjoy a variety of motorsports action in the area. It’s not often fans have the opportunity to go racing in December in the St. Louis region.”

“We hope both events are successful, to get everyone excited about the 2017 racing season — not only at Gateway Motorsports Park, but at the other tracks in our area as well. We’ll be busy stuffing envelopes with Gateway Motorsports Park ticket certificates for our customers who have purchased the gift of speed for the 2017 season. Hopefully, once our ticket office closes at 5 p.m., we can sneak away to see some exciting dirt racing as well.”

For information on the December 15-17 VP Racing Fuels Gateway Dirt Nationals, please call (314) 786-2636 or e-mail [email protected].

For information on the December 17 USAC Junior Knepper 55, please visit

For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

The vision for the new Gateway Motorsports Park is to create a racing lifestyle that attracts enthusiasts, professionals, amateurs and car lovers by harnessing the energy and passion of the thousands of racing fans in the heart of the Midwest.

Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering nearly 200 acres, Gateway is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the region, encompassing a ¼-mile NHRA-sanctioned drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6- mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a new 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.

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