This NHRA Midwest Nationals kick off this weekend as part of a three-day drag racing event at Gateway Motorsports Park. Over 500 drivers and 50,000 spectators are expected to make it out to the track. The Midwest Nationals are the 21st of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the third of six races in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. The total purse for the event this weekend is over $1 million dollars. See below for a full schedule of the events:
FRIDAY, September 27, 2013
Racer Registration / Tech Inspection (all categories)
Sportsman Qualifying 8:00 AM
Pro Mod Qualifying Session 2:15 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC) 2:45 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF) 3:30 PM
Pro Mod Qualifying Session 4:45 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC) 5:15 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF) 6:00 PM
Secure Track 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, September 28, 2013
Sportsman Eliminations 8:00 AM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC)
Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC) 12:30 PM
Pro Mod Qualifying Session 1:45 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC) 2:15 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC) 3:00 PM
Pro Mod - Round 1 4:00 PM
Secure Track 6:30 PM
SUNDAY, September 29, 2013
Pre-Race Ceremonies 10:00 AM
Nitro Eliminations (TF-FC) - Round 1 11:00 AM
Pro Stock Eliminations (PSC-PSM) - Round 1 12:00 PM
Pro Mod - Round 2 12:30 PM
Nitro Eliminations (TF-FC) - Round 2 1:00 PM
Pro StockEliminations (PSC-PSM) - Round 2 1:30 PM
Sportsman Eliminations 1:45 PM
Pro Mod - Round 3 2:25 PM
Nitro Eliminations (TF-FC) - Round 3 2:30 PM
Pro Stock Eliminations (PSC-PSM) - Round 3 2:45 PM
Sportsman Finals 3:00 PM
Pro Mod Final 3:45 PM
Pro Stock Finals (PSM-PSC) 3:50 PM
Nitro Finals (FC-TF) 3:55 PM
Secure Event 4:00 PM
Patrick made history up front at the Daytona 500, only to see Johnson make a late push ahead of her and reclaim his spot at the top of his sport.
It was the second Daytona victory for Johnson, a five-time NASCAR champion who first won "The Great American Race" in 2006.
Patrick, the first woman to win the pole, also became the first woman to lead the race. She was running third on the last lap, but faded to eighth at the finish.
Johnson raced past defending NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski on the final restart and pulled out to a sizable lead that nobody challenged over the final six laps.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. settled for second place. Mark Martin was third.
Keselowski, who overcame two accidents earlier in the race, wound up fourth.
Patrick was clearly disappointed with her finish but admitted she wasn't sure what move to make if she was going to try for the win.