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Drag racing event expected to bring $10 million to Metro-East

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MADISON, Ill. (KMOV) -- After sitting empty for a year, the Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison County is back in action.

Thousands are in the area for the three-day NHRA Midwest Nationals, and organizers say fans will bring in millions for the Metro-East economy.

The racing event, which runs Sept. 28-30, has drawn an estimated 18,000 fans.

Curtis Francois, a former driver and now owner of the park, said the event will likely bring $10 million to the Metro-East.

"We have over 4000 hotels booked for the event just in general," Francois said. "That speaks volumes for how passionate the fans are. They want to be here and they have a place to come."

Gateway Motorsports Park hired 450 employees for the three-day event. The race's final eliminations are set for 11 a.m. Sunday.
 

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