Chevys Dominate at GIR Outlaw Event

Last year the management of Gateway International Raceway, located in Madison, Ill., just across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis, got together with Drag Racing Online Editor at Large Bret Kepner to put on a low-buck heads-up series at the venerable Midwest track. It succeeded much better than anyone imagined and it ended up being a three-race series. The idea of the series is low admission fees and prize money and, amazingly, the racers (some of the them pros) turned out in big numbers for the three events -- and as a result some big numbers came up on the boards.

Fresh from his domination of Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week during which he drove the car 1200 miles in five days while clocking 7.3-second, 204-mph quarter-mile runs, Kansas City chassis builder Larry Larson blasted through the Outlaw Eliminator field with a best-ever 4.72 eighth mile at 164.73 mph. The twin-turbocharged 565-cubic inch street-legal beast produced incredible 60-foot elapsed times as quick as 1.26 seconds!

At the final event of the season, a pair of turbocharged Chevy-powered doorcars dominated the action. Kansas City area chassis builder and racer Larry Larson was the Outlaw Eliminator class winner in his amazing street-driven turbocharged ‘66 Nova. He capped an incredible season with his first Outlaw Eliminator victory in the OAS program’s only eighth-mile division. Crowd favorite Mark “Woody” Woodruff wheeled his immaculate turbocharged ‘67 Corvette to an incredible 7.51/197.68 best to win Super Street Eliminator.

Although the official 2010 schedule has yet to be released, Gateway International Raceway Drag Racing Manager Rich Schaefer has already made public his plans to expand the Outlaw All Stars series next season.