In 1995 it was but a dream, but in its 11th season, the Gateway International Raceway is one of America’s premier motorsports tracks. It all started on a 1/8 mile drag strip in 1967 and in 1971 it grew to 1/4 mile track, and the Raceway began a series of renovations and restructures that brought to where it is today. The new Gateway Raceway opened with the Motorola 300 with a sold out crowd.
Today the Raceway holds a wide range of racing events to please every fan. Events include; NASCAR Busch, Craftsman Trucks, ARCA, IRL, Champ Cars, NHRA, Street Cars, Motorcycle Road Racing, SCCA Road Racing, Jr. Dragsters and much more. The host a variety of car shows, clubs and special events throughout the year. Tickets start at $10.00 for an adult single race pass and oval season passes start at $125.00 for an adult.
NASCAR isn’t the only racing at the Raceway. The Gateway is also home to a 1/8 mile drag strip that hosts the SX Performance Street Car Shootout, Quick Street Bike, MCRA Motorcycle Road Racing, Bracket racing and a variety of special events throughout the year. NHRA events include Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. RV Parking is available with Infield parking rented by the season for $700.00 and includes 4 Oval season race passes. General RV Parking is available on the south lot on a first come basis. Another option is the full service Casino Queen RV Park located nearby.
Those with a passion for cars will enjoy the St. Louis Car Museum. Cars have been hand selected and the impressive inventory that is not only on display, but for sale. Cars on display include 1969 Chevelle SS, a 1923 Cadillac Touring Phaeton, Vintage Harley Davidson to a 1997 American General Hummer.
The St. Louis Karting Association has a long history of providing safe fun since 1960. In June 2002 the new state of the art facility was completed and today Widman County Park is one of the country’s finest Kart tracks. The track is a .55 mile sprint track with 9 turns, hair-pin turns, banked monza and an 800ft straight away. It can be configured into multiple tracks to fit various needs. The club racing season starts in April and ends in October. Events at the track include Kid Kart Novice and Expert, Yamaha Junior and Rookie, Tag Novice, Junior Expert and Senior, Tag Masters and Heavy and Yamaha Sr. Sportsman.