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Midgets and Open-Wheel Modifieds will compete in unique invitational format

St Louis, Mo — The VP Racing Fuels Gateway Dirt Nationals will continue its rapid rise to must-attend status in the dirt-track world in 2018 with midget racing joining the lineup for the blockbuster event at The Dome at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis.

Scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2018, the third annual VP Racing Fuels Gateway Dirt Nationals will now feature three major divisions in Super Late Models, Midgets and Open-Wheel Modifieds. Super Late Model registration will once again be capped at 150 total entries with those details to be released soon, while Midgets and Open-Wheel Modifieds will compete in an invitational-only format that will require a driver to be directly invited in order to participate.

Cody Sommer, the event’s founder and promoter, said the changes to the program are being driven by fans, sponsors and race teams.

“Whatever makes the most sense and whatever is going to make this event the best it can be is what we are always going to try and do,” Sommer said. “When the majority of fans, sponsors and teams speak, we listen.

“The dome is an amazing place and we are all very fortunate to be able to participate in this event. Racing under that roof and in front of that crowd is a spectacle in itself, something that simply cannot be compared to when it comes to other events or venues. We have room to continue to grow this event into the future and this is a move that we feel is going to help us in that process.”

The VP Racing Fuels Gateway Dirt Nationals has quickly become known for the action-packed racing and the high level of excitement and energy that takes place on the fifth-mile dirt track erected inside the dome. That is something that should only continue to escalate in 2018 and beyond, Sommer said.

“We are going to continue to make this a fan and competitor experience that is unforgettable from start to finish,” Sommer commented. “Starting with the social aspect prior to and leading up to the event, all the way through being a spectator experiencing intense racing for three days, unique opening ceremonies, driver introductions, pyrotechnics, jumbotrons and more.”

Additional event information will be released soon, including ticketing, registration, schedules, hotels and more.

For more information regarding the VP Racing Fuels Gateway Dirt Nationals presented by Karl Performance, please visit the event website at www.GatewayDirt.com. Follow along on social media for the latest details and announcements regarding the event via Twitter @GatewayDirt or Facebook.com/GatewayDirt


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  1. I think it’s a bad idea. The event was a success as it was. Leave it alone.

  2. Me in 2017 watching this race: I’m running there next year!
    Me now: We’ll fuck that idea.
    Invite only for mods really? Only top tier teams getting in now.

  3. Jimmy McFeeters I told you

  4. When tickets gone on sale

  5. They just lost my interest in this race! Won’t bother spending my money to go to St. Louis this year!!!

  6. What are they trying to turn it into the chili bowl? They already have that and the Knepper race at duquoin . Let them take their midgets there.why shit on the stock car guys

  7. How much is it for the midgets to win

  8. Hey Stan Miller we need to go to this in December

  9. Big mistake! Who is this guy listening to?

  10. I totally agree we have competed in this race the last two years and liked the format they don’t add the mods and lates to the chili bowl they have there deal leave ours alone

  11. Everybody needs to stop bitching and whining. This is probably one of the best news I heard. It’ll bring a crowd and some more big names to this event. It just keeps on getting better I’m all for it.

  12. Smart. Will probably get some teams who want to test for Tulsa

  13. Will White I don’t want to watch midgets race, looks like a weekend of deer hunting for us. We will save our money for more summernational shows.

  14. Sweet!! It just keeps getting better and better and better evey year!

  15. Dennis Floyd Bobby Simpson