MADISON, Ill. – For racers and spectators alike, the 2010 Gateway International Raceway drag strip schedule provides a full season of great events, including more Bracket Championship Series races and more Outlaw All-Stars races. The season kicks off March 6-7 with the NHRA chassis certification, with the first race of the year being the annual Icebreaker on Saturday, March 20. The first Midnight Madness Presented by Monster Energy Drink is the following Friday, March 26. A total of seven stand-alone races for the Gateway Bracket Championship Series have been scheduled, with the NHRA Sportsman Challenge also counting towards bracket points. One of the new changes for 2010 has been the inclusion of several Thursday night slick tire test-and-tunes. “Our NHRA Drags Street Legal Style Presented by AAA runs with our Street Car Shootout Series and our Doc’s Harley-Davidson Quick Street Bike Series and we heard from our racers and spectators that they wanted an additional night for slicks,” said GIR Drag Strip Manager Rich Schaefer. A popular addition to last year’s schedule was the Outlaw All-Stars, a day of heads-up racing focusing on racing for the trophy with the fastest car going to the Winner’s Circle. After hearing from the fans in the offseason, eight OAS races have been scheduled for this year. “We started the Outlaw All-Stars after our track historian, Bret Kepner, did some research and created a format that would be compelling to both the racers and the fans,” Schaefer said. “We at Gateway and certainly the drag racing community feel Bret did a great job with the program and we hope to improve on the series in 2010.” Most of GIR’s bigger events, such as Muscle Car Reunion and Nostalgia Drags, MegaBuck$, and Monster Mopar, have retained their usual dates. One big change, however, has been the moving of the All Harley Drags Association event. In the past, AHDRA’s brand of two-wheeled excitement ran in the spring, but due to weather issues, the three-day event has been moved to Sept. 24-26. For the full 2010 Gateway International Raceway drag strip schedule, click here: http://www.gatewayraceway.com/2010_DragSchedule.pdf. Race fans can follow all the action throughout the season at Gateway International Raceway on its official Twitter site at Twitter.com/GatewayRaceway and its official page on Facebook, Facebook.com/GatewayRaceway.