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CATEGORIES (articles) > American Motorsport > Race Circuits > Gateway International Raceway Circuit

Gateway International Raceway Circuit


Gateway International Raceway
Location Madison, Illinois
Track length 1.25 miles (2.01 kilometres)
Track shape Oval
Banking Turns 1 & 2 - 11°
Turns 3 & 4 - 9°
Straights - 3°
Major events NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Capacity 60,000
Address 700 Raceway Blvd, Madison, IL 62060
Owner Dover Motorsports

Gateway International Raceway is a race track in Madison, Illinois, USA. It hosts a NASCAR Busch Series event and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on a 1.25 mile oval, and also has a quarter-mile drag strip that hosts an annual National Hot Rod Association event. The oval was also the site of a CART race from 1997 to 2000 and an Indy Racing League race from 2001 to 2003. The facilities are owned by Dover Motorsports, a group that also owns Memphis Motorsports Park, Dover International Speedway and the Nashville Superspeedway among others.

While the track is a fairly short track (1.25 miles) by modern NASCAR standards, it does not compensate for this with high banking. Rather, it is unique in that the turns are banked differently, and are also of different radii.

Gateway has been linked with a Nextel Cup race often in recent years: however, many in the St. Louis area believe that the track must be expanded (it currently seats only about 60,000) for such a race to occur.


Race history


CART race history

Season Winning Driver Chassis Engine
1997 Paul Tracy Penske Mercedes Benz-Ilmor
1998 Alex Zanardi Reynard Honda
1999 Michael Andretti Swift Ford-Cosworth
2000 Juan Montoya Lola Toyota


IRL Indycar race history

Season Winning Driver Chassis Engine
2001 Al Unser Jr. G-Force Oldsmobile
2002 Gil de Ferran Dallara Chevrolet
2003 Helio Castroneves Dallara Toyota


Busch Series race history

  • 1997 - Elliott Sadler
  • 1998 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • 1999 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • 2000 - Kevin Harvick
  • 2001 - Kevin Harvick
  • 2002 - Greg Biffle
  • 2003 - Scott Riggs
  • 2004 - Martin Truex, Jr.
  • 2005 - Reed Sorenson
  • 2006 - Carl Edwards

Craftsman Truck Series race history

  • 1998 - Rick Carelli
  • 1999 - Greg Biffle
  • 2000 - Jack Sprague
  • 2001 - Ted Musgrave
  • 2002 - Terry Cook
  • 2003 - Brendan Gaughan
  • 2004 - David Starr
  • 2005 - Ted Musgrave
  • 2006 - Todd Bodine

Records

  • NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying: Martin Truex, Jr., 33.328 sec. (135.022 mph), 2005
  • NASCAR Busch Series Race: Kevin Harvick, 116.595 mph, July 29, 2000
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying: Ted Musgrave, 33.294 sec. (135.159 mph), 2005
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race: Jack Sprague, 113.726 mph, May 7, 2000

Current Events

  • NASCAR Busch Series - Gateway 250 presented by Shop 'n Save
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series - Missouri/Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200
  • ARCA RE/MAX Series - Shop 'n Save 150



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