The famed St. Louis Gateway Arch is easily the most recognizable monument in the city of St. Louis. Constructed of stainless steel and standing 630 feet high, makes it the world’s tallest arch and the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, which can be seen up to 30 miles in each direction on a clear day. The historical piece represents the gateway to the west for early settlers and is also the perfect backdrop for the 2017 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals held September 29 – October 1 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.
The event is part of the NHRA’s exciting Countdown to the Championship and Chevy fans had reason to celebrate as Chevy Camaro racer Greg Anderson took the win in Pro Stock, young phenom Pete Gasko Jr. was consistent all weekend to take his second win of the season in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown driving his COPO Camaro, and veteran drag racer Troy Coughlin battled to the Pro Mod title in his 2015 Corvette.
In the Pro Stock final, Anderson took on Summit Racing teammate Jason Line and used a holeshot to win via a 6.571 at 210.73 against Line’s quicker but losing 6.545, 212.26. The win also allowed Anderson to take the points lead in the Pro Stock class, passing KB Racing teammate Bo Butner.
The always exciting, wheels-up NHRA Factory Stock Showdown final saw Pete Gasko Jr. hold off Mustang racer Kevin Skinner with an 8.162 at 167.03 to Skinner’s 8.243 at 161.57.
Other Chevy racing notables included Slate Cummings taking the win in Super Stock behind the wheel of his 2006 Chevy Cavalier and Tyler Wudarczyk, driving his 1969 Camaro, came away with the Stock Eliminator title.
Chevy drag racers once again proved Bowtie dominance at the 2017 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, and we were there to capture all the action in this huge image gallery featuring over 160 action photos.
Photos by Ron Lewis