The United Black Drag Racers Association’s Annual Racing Event is back at Gateway
The United Black Drag Racers Association (UBDRA) will have its 18th annual drag racing event at the newly opened Gateway Motorsports Park (GMSP) September 14, 15, and 16. This event, the largest African American Drag Racing event in the nation, brings drag racing fans of many different ethnic backgrounds to GMSP from more than thirty states. The smell of burning rubber, the roar of racing engines, and the site of dragsters, cars, and bikes (motorcycles) racing down the eighth and quarter mile track is a thrill that racing fans love. Even young drivers in their Junior Dragsters will be a part of the speed as they compete on the Gateway Motorsports Park NHRA sanctioned speedway. On Sunday, parents will take their young children to the kids play area while the teens and young adults go to the designated area to enjoy the music, sights, and sounds of cars and trucks completing in the car show hosted by the STL Individuals Car Club. Black Sunday weekend is fun for families and race fans of all ages and backgrounds.
While Black Sunday weekend attracts racers from across the country, the largest number of racers come from St. Louis and surrounding communities in Illinois and Missouri. St. Louis area racers are familiar with the history of Black Sunday weekend that started with African American drag racers bragging among themselves about what their race cars could do on the race track. The first formal Black Sunday sponsored by UBDRA in October of 1994 spread the drag racing fun to all racers regardless of their ethnic background. In time, Black Sunday grew so popular that it had to be held over three days to accommodate the large number of racing vehicles that came from near and far.
Portions of UBDRA proceeds from Black Sunday racing have been donated to agencies and organizations that provide service to Missouri and Illinois communities. Some agencies helped in the past include the Matthew Dickey’ Boys and Girls Club, Faith House, the Annual Christmas Dinner and Toy Giveaway held by the late Rev. Dorris Davis, Annie Malone Children and Family Services Center, St. Louis metropolitan area high school organizations, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and others. Since 2007 UBDRA also awarded fifteen scholarships to high school graduates from Missouri and Illinois. UBDRA members participate in community parades and other activities, elementary and high school events while sharing their love of drag racing as a fun and thrilling sport when practiced on the racetrack.
The United Black Drag Racers Association Contact Information:
Leroy Eason 314-863-8058 James Wilford 618-593-4226 or Geno Sharp 314-426-8967
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ubdra.net/blacksunday.html
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