NHRA - National Hot Rod Association

Sep 21 - 23

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

World Wide Technology Raceway
500 feet
107.1 FM


Full Racing Schedule

FRIDAY - September 21, 2018

Midway Opens

12:00 PM

NHRA Guided Walking Tour - Starts at the Mello Yello Display2:00 PM
Pro Stock Motorcycle Autograph Session - at the NHRA Midway Display2:30 PM

Pro Mod Qualifying Session

3:15 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)

4:00 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF)

4:30 PM

NHRA Member Q & A - At the NHRA Midway Display
*Not a Member? Learn how to become a member at the NHRA Midway Display

After Q1

Pro Mod Qualifying Session

5:45 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)

6:15 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF)

7:00 PM



SATURDAY - September 22, 2018

Midway Opens

10:30 AM

NHRA Guided Walking Tour - Starts at the Mello Yello Display11:30 AM
Nitro School - Hosted by Robert Hight and Alan Reinhart12:15 PM
Autograph Session at the Mello Yello Display
*Featuring Steve Torrence, Hector Arana Jr., Vincent Nobile, Shirley Muldowney, and Kenny Youngblood
1:00 PM

Pro Mod Qualifying Session

1:30 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)

2:15 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC)

3:00 PM

NHRA Member Q & A with Shirley Muldowney - At the NHRA Midway Display
*Not a Member? Learn how to become a Member at the NHRA Midway Display!
After Q3

Factory Stock Showdown - Round 1

3:45 PM

Pro Mod Qualifying Session4:15 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)

5:00 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC)

5:30 PM




Midway Opens

9:00 AM

NHRA Guided Walking Tour - Starts at the Mello Yello Display9:00 AM
Sealmaster Trackwalk9:30 AM

Race-Day Review / Pre Race Ceremonies

9:45 AM

Nitro Eliminations - Round 1

11:00 AM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Round 1

12:00 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Round 1

12:20 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Round 2

1:00 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Round 2

1:15 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Semi-Finals

1:30 PM

Factory Stock Showdown - Semi-Finals

2:00 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Semi-Finals

2:10 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Semi-Finals

2:30 PM

Pro Mod Eliminations - Finals

2:45 PM

Factory Stock Showdown - Finals

3:00 PM

Pro Stock Eliminations - Finals

3:40 PM

Nitro Eliminations - Finals

3:45 PM

Winner's CircleOn the Starting Line


Youth and Education

The NHRA Youth and Education Services (YES) Program presented by the U.S. Army was founded in 1989. It is the only full-time education program in motorsports that provides quality programs and activities for schools and youth organizations nationwide. Not only is the YES Program FREE, it focuses on the importance of goals and continued education, while allowing students to learn about and explore various career opportunities. The program will show students how S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is applied to both, real world situations and NHRA Drag Racing, which they will have the opportunity to see live at the track. For more information, check the Y.E.S Program below. 

YES Program

Entry List

TV Schedule


All Qualifying Shows are 1-hour and Finals are 3-hours in duration unless otherwise noted


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Event Info

Multipurpose Gateway Motorsports Park, in the shadow of the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch, returned to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule in 2012 after a one-year hiatus with a new event in the Countdown to the Championship. The track previously held events in the summer beginning in 1997 that were known for surprise winners.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers, as Every Ticket's a Pit Pass® at the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet! Get direct access to the teams, see firsthand as the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from your favorite NHRA drivers.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the TICKETS button above or by calling 618-215-8888. Purchase early and save!

2017 Event Winners

Top Fuel: Steve Torrence

Funny Car: Ron Capps

Pro Stock: Greg Anderson

Pro Stock Motorcycle: LE Tonglet

How to Get There: Five minutes from downtown St. Louis, the track is on Interstate 55/70 at Exit 4. From St. Louis, take I-70 south to I-55/70 and travel east to Exit 4.

Visitor Information: Southwestern Illinois Tourism and Convention Bureau, 800-442-1488; St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, 314-421-1023

First Responders

Throughout the 2018 season, the NHRA will pay tribute to the legion of first responders, the heroes who are among the first people to arrive and assist at the scene of an emergency.

NHRA Salutes First Responders will honor medical professionals, law-enforcement officers, firefighters, members of the armed forces, and a number of other professions charged with the safety and well-being of the public, much like the Safety Safari is charged with the safety and well-being of the racing community.

As part of the tribute, first responders will be eligible for discounted tickets to the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals through GovX. Click here to purchase.  

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