Drag Racing Back Gateway Motorsports Park

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MADISON, IL. (KPLR) - This should get your motor running; drag racing is back at Gateway Motorsports Park.  The racetrack was home to speedsters, classic car lovers and even a "Jet Car" Friday night.

Fulfilling his need for speed and the jet car is something to behold, maybe the fasted craft this track will ever see.

This weekend, crowds can see the jet car attempt to reach speeds of over 250 miles per hour; along with several other firsts for this racetrack.
They call it the "Jet Car", and folks, it's not just a clever name.

"What it is a jet engine inside of a chasse, with a plastic body on it. And it takes off like as if you were taking off of a carrier."

And as far as speed goes, the jet car does not disappoint.

"It goes through the quarter-mile at 260 miles an hour in 6 seconds. It's fairly easy to drive; it's just hard to stop."

The Jet Car will perform this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park, which is a rare opportunity for drag race fans.

"I think there's only about 14 of them operating right now in the US."

Another car making its first appearance at gateway this weekend is a school bus, but not your ordinary school bus.

"It's capable of going 207 miles per hour in the eighth mile."
“The bad bus is a new creation from Jeffers Pro Cars, but mostly Larry Jeffers' imagination."
"I'm goofy. No, it's fun. It's for the kids. I already have a dump truck along the same lines. But we just built it for something for the kids to come out and see and have fun."

The Jet Car and the bad bus are just two attractions in the super Chevy show this weekend at gateway, which also includes the super Chevy auto show competition.

"We anticipate 4 to 5-hundred Chevy cars out, again, being the best of the best show cars in the Midwest.”

Among some of the most rare Chevy cars at gateway is the Chevy Camaro that served as the official 1969 Indianapolis 500 pace car.
The auto show and drag races are just another event that gateway is throwing to keep this race track's comeback going strong.

"There's really enthusiastic fans out here, enthusiastic participants, happy and glad to see this track back open. So we're going to do just as much racing as we can."

You can reach Kurt LaBelle at kurt.labelle@tvstl.com

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