Slight Format Change For Gateway Dirt Nationals

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Rusty Schlenk (91) leads a pack of cars during Saturday's Gateway Dirt Nationals finale. (Jim DenHamer photo)
The super late model field for the Gateway Dirt Nationals will be split into preliminary nights in 2020. (Jim DenHamer photo)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Arizona Sport Shirts Gateway Dirt Nationals will take on a slightly different look next inside The Dome at America’s Center.

The fifth edition of the event, scheduled for Dec. 17-19, will see the headlining super late model division split into preliminary nights, identical to what fans have seen the past two years with the midgets and open-wheel modifieds. Registrations will remain open to any super late model driver, with a maximum of 150 entries accepted.

Super late model driver registration is set to open this Thursday, May 28.

“Before, during and after the event each year, I do my best to make notes and analyze the weekend from everyone’s standpoint and point of view,” said event promoter Cody Sommer. “An event of this magnitude should and can be enjoyed equally by fans, drivers, teams and essentially the entire industry as a whole. Splitting the super late models into two nights is something that I have thought about doing in previous years – as I feel it can speed up the show, better distribute the racing throughout the three days, make it easier on teams, and even allow drivers to enjoy themselves and be race fans on either Thursday or Friday night depending on their prelim.”