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Gateway Motorsports Park, Midwest Tour plan Super Late Model major for 2019

Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois expects to play host to a new Super Late Model major in October 2019.

The event has been conceived by Gateway Executive VP and GM Chris Blair and ARCA Midwest Tour promoter Gregg McKarns as a non-points crown jewel. As such, the Midwest Tour will no longer be part of the June 22-23 racing weekend which is headlined by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series.

This is a project that has been in the work for several seasons and Blair believes now is the time to move forward.

“One of our goals has been to build a true year-end specialty event for asphalt Super Late Models that is in a convenient location so we can reach racers from all areas,” Blair said in a Wednesday press release. “Gregg and I have been kicking around the idea for nearly three years and our next step is to finalize a date and start laying the groundwork for 2019.

“One challenge a mid-season, points-paying event presents is that it requires a tremendous amount of travel for the regional teams, not to mention possible scheduling conflicts with other series. Gregg and his team and I decided our best effort would be to focus on the future when we can get support from multiple series and produce a major motorsports festival that showcases asphalt Super Late Models and the best drivers in the business.”

Ty Makeski won both the 2016 and 2017 Midwest Tour races at the 1.25-mile track. Eddie Hoffman won an ASA event at the track in 2008. Mike Garvey, Steven Howard and Butch Miller won Late Model races at Gateway in the 1990s.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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