Late Model Driver Bobby Pierce became a back-to-back winner of the Gateway Dirt Nationals’ main event, taking home $30,000 in the process. The Dome At America’s Center floor was transformed into a ⅕-mile oval track designed by Kevin Gundaker, owner of Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. This was the 3rd year for the Dirt in December event.National Sales Manager Robby Larson and Director of Operations Ed Briggs of Extreme Brand Products showcased their products at this year’s expanded vendor row, which was held inside the pit area. Extreme Brand Products has a full line of racing oils and also handles a full line of OE specific oils, lubricants and cleaning products.Local Driver Gordy “G-Man” Gundaker, who is sponsored by McKay NAPA Auto Parts, put on a solid performance at the temporary 1/5-mile oval. The St. Charles, Mo., native grabbed the second and final transfer spot through his consolation race before driving all the way up to eighth in the 40-lap headliner.Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson competed in the new Midget division at this year’s Dirt in December event. Larson was joined by fellow NASCAR driver and Arnold, Mo., native Kenny Wallace, former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Rico Abreu, and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.The event was co-sponsored by VP Racing Fuel and Karl Kustoms, which is a performance parts supplier in Des Moines, Iowa.The event was co-sponsored by VP Racing Fuel and Karl Kustoms, which is a performance parts supplier in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Dome At America’s Center transforms into dirt racing venue

Third annual ‘Dirt in December’ brings the best in the country under one roof

St. Louis—The Dome at America’s Center was recently transformed into the center of attention for the dirt racing world with the 3rd Annual Gateway Dirt Nationals: Dirt in December.

New in 2018 was the addition of the Midget division, which brought in new drivers and cars from all over the country, including NASCAR’s Kyle Larson and Kenny Wallace, former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Rico Abreu, and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Racing took place over a three-day period and included qualifying, heat races, last chance qualifiers, and feature events. The main event of the first night was the Race of Champions, an invitation-only event that featured 13 of the best drivers in the country. Rusty Schlenk took home the victory along with a $5,000 prize.

The event was sponsored by VP Racing Fuel and Karl Kustoms with cash prizes being awarded in multiple race classes.

Additional feature results and prizes:

 Dirt Late Model – A Main #1 (20 Laps – $5,000 to win)

1. Brandon Sheppard 2. Tim McCreadie 3. Jason Whelshan

Dirt Late Model – A Main #2 (20 Laps – $5,000 to win)

1. Bobby Pierce 2. Don O’Neal 3. Chad Zobrist

Dirt Modified – A Main #1 (20 Laps – $3,000 to win)

1. Josh Harris 2. Ray Bollinger 3. Mike McKinney

Dirt Modified – A Main #2 (20 Laps – $3,000 to win)

1. Kenny Wallace 2. Dean Hoffman 3. Nick Hoffman

Dirt Midget – A Main #1 (20 Laps – $3,000 to win)

1. Tyler Courtney 2. Kyle Larson 3. Tanner Thorson

Dirt Modified – Main Event (30 Laps – $10,000 to win)

1. Mike Harrison 2. Mike McKinney 3. Levi Kissinger

Dirt Midget – Main Event (30 Laps – $10,000 to win)

1. Christopher Bell 2. Shane Golobic 3. Rico Abreu

Dirt Late Model – Gateway Dirt Nationals – Main Event (40 Laps – $30,000 to win)

1. Bobby Pierce 2. Billy Moyer  3. Don O’Neal

 

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