Many people have probably never heard of the term ‘Black Sunday‘ before and have no idea what it means. Despite the fact that Black Sunday is already a very large event, it is not one that is generally splashed across racing calendars. If you’re an auto racing fan, then you owe it to yourself to show up and support this great event as part of your growing ‘auto’ education.
At least once a year the men and woman who belong to the United Black Drag Racers Association gather together at a single location to take part in Black Sunday. Auto/drag racing may not be the next black national pastime, but it certainly is a lot more popular than many people think. In fact, the event has grown so much in popularity over the years that the African-American fan base is now large enough to facilitate a truly excellent day of sport, car culture, racing and socializing. Apparently Black Sunday has its roots in a bragging-rights day that was organised amongst black drag racers in the St. Louis area. Well, what might have started out as a really simple, small gathering is now a full-scale auto and motorcycle festival with national appeal. It’s a place where fans of the sport can get together and reignite old friendships, test their skills behind the wheel and compare the performances of their machines against each other. The introducing of a purse has further added to the appeal and drama of the event.
The event is also a great way to learn more about the sport and the United Black Drag Racers Association offers a hands-on show and tell-type of educational display on the day. The idea is to spark the imagination of youngsters and get more of them racing from a younger age so that there are more black drivers out on the racing circuits. Far from being a small, minority event, more than 20 000 people turn out to support the event each year. This year’s Black Sunday will be taking place at Gateway International Racetrack on Oct 17-19. So try something new and support this great annual event. You may be surprised at what you find!
Gateway International Raceway was abuzz with excitement this weekend as it hosted the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday night. The contenders for the winner’s trophy were fierce, but in the end it was Carl Edwards who managed to cross the finish line first.
Carl Edwards arrived at the race-track by bicycle and no doubt the clean air and healthy exercise did him some good since there was no stopping him after he got behind the wheel of his No. 60 Ford on the day of the race. The competition was tough, but it seemed that Edwards was destined to claim his second home win at the Gateway International Raceway right from the start. The doors started to open for Edwards after a pileup on Lap 116 wiped out a bunch of really strong contenders. The mess stopped the race for almost 25 minutes and saw Scott Wimmer spin into the wall at Turn 2 after getting a tap from Cassill. The result was that Reed Sorenson, Mike Bliss and Steve Wallace were eliminated from the race. From there he managed to climb his way up until he was third in a restart on Lap 146 and that was where it really started to get exciting. He chased Leffler and James Buescher for a while until he made a quick stop for some new tires. After that he quickly managed to pass the two cars before coming up on the 18-year-old Joey Logano racing phenomenon. The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota was tough competition but in the end Edwards managed to take the checkered flag just 6.877 seconds ahead of his young rival.
After the race Edwards commented that his win at the 200-lap event was “unbelievable”. This is the 15th win of his career and he has already gained a large group of supporters who were in the grandstands to cheer him on. He didn’t forget his fans, but instead thanked them with the words: “Thank you everybody up in the grandstands. Thanks a lot.” Edwards also commented that racing with the No. 20 Toyota Camry was “a challenge, but a fun one.” The No. 20 Camry has already claimed nine victories this season with four different drivers behind the wheel. Jason Keller managed to scoop up third place, followed by Jason Leffler, Brad Keselowski and Landon Cassil respectively.