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Drivin' for Linemen 200

TRACK: Gateway Motorsports Park

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #8 of 23 for the 2015 season


Race: Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Madison, IL

Title Sponsor: Drivin' for Linemen 200

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:48pm/et

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Friday, June 12

Saturday, June 13
12:30 PM 6:00 PM NCWTS Minors Admitted into the NASCAR Garage Area*
3:15 PM 4:00 PM NCWTS Autograph Session
7:30 PM (8:30 PM) NCWTS RACE (160 LAPS, 200 MILES)

NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series


  • Custer wins at Gateway: #00-Cole Custer got the lead following a restart with five laps to go and went on to win the Drivin' for Linemen 200 at the Gateway Motorsports Park. #23-Spencer Gallagher finished second followed by: #98-Johnny Sauter, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #13-Cameron Hayley, #17-Timothy Peters, #11-Ben Kennedy, #19-Tyler Reddick, #14-Daniel Hemric, and #29-Austin Theriault.
    There were 6 caution flags for 35 laps and 9 lead changes among 5 leaders.
    #4-Erik Jones started the race from the pole after rain forced NASCAR to start the field based on practice speeds. He led 84 laps before spinning late in the race. Point leader Matt Crafton also had trouble, wrecking with less than 10 laps to go after leading 49 laps.
    Complete results are on the Gateway race results page (pdf). (6-13-2015)

  • Gateway Race Fast Facts:
    Cole Custer won the 2nd Annual Drivin' for Linemen 200, his second victory in 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Gateway Motorsports Park.
    Spencer Gallagher (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Gateway Motorsports Park. It is his second top-10 finish in 2015, and best overall finish of his career.
    Johnny Sauter (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Gateway Motorsports Park.
    Spencer Gallagher (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Matt Crafton leads the point standings by 12 points over Tyler Reddick.
    (NASCAR Statistics) (6-13-2015)

  • Driver standings following Gateway:
    1) #88-Matt Crafton, 329
    2) #19-Tyler Reddick, 317, -12
    3) #98-Johnny Sauter, 299, -30
    4) #4-Erik Jones #, 296, -33
    5) #05-John Wes Townley, 260, -69
    6) #13-Cameron Hayley, 254, -75
    7) #23-Spencer Gallagher #, 251, -78
    8) #14-Daniel Hemric #, 246, -83
    9) #17-Timothy Peters, 245, -84
    10) #11-Ben Kennedy, 238, 91
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(6-13-2015)

  • Owner Standings following Gateway: are posted (pdf).(6-13-2015)


  • Jones on pole at Gateway: #4-Erik Jones. will start from the pole for the Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park after rain canceled qualifying. Rain began less than five minutes into the session, forcing NASCAR to set the field based on practice speeds. #00-Cole Custer, #88-Matt Crafton, #98-Johnny Sauter, #33-Brandon Jones, #19-Tyler Reddick, #14-Daniel Hemric, #51-Matt Tifft, #13-Cameron Hayley, and #29-Austin Theriault are the top-10. #08-Korbin Forrister wrecked in qualifying prior to the rain and will go to a backup truck. See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(6-13-2015)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Qualifying Rules

  • Jones fastest in final practice: #4-Erik Jones was fastest in the one and only practice for the Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park with a speed of 136.766mph. He was followed by #00-Cole Custer, #88-Matt Crafton, #98-Johnny Sauter, #33-Brandon Jones, #19-Tyler Reddick, #14-Daniel Hemric, #51-Matt Tifft, #13-Cameron Hayley, and #29-Austin Theriault. 32 drivers are entered and 32 practiced during the session. See complete results on the Gateway practice speeds page (pdf).(6-13-2015)

  • Entry list: There are 26 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park. A few notes:
    Cole Custer is in the #00;
    John Hunter Nemechek takes over for the rest of the season in the #8;
    Austin Theriault is in the #29;
    Matt Tifft is in the #51;
    Timmy Hill is in the #94;
    UPDATE: Ryan Ellis in the 1, Travis Kvapil in the 50 and Jordan Anderson in the 74 were added;
    UPDATE 2: Tommy Regan is in the 45 in place of BJ McLeod; Adam Edwards added in the #0;
    UPDATE 3: Michael Affarano has been added in the #03 to bring entries to 31;
    UPDATE 4: Joey Gattina has been added in the #57;
    See the complete list on the Gateway entry list page.


    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 8 - Drivin' for Linemen 200
    Gateway Motorsports Park (1.25-mile oval) -- Madison, Ill. Fast Facts for June 12-13, 2015

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Set limits: 5 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4632; Right-side -- D-4644

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm); Right-side -- 88.31 in. (2,243 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 15 psi; Left Rear - 13 psi; Right Front -- 31 psi; Right Rear -- 28 psi

    Notes: This weekend's race at Gateway is the first time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams have run either of these two tire codes . . . compared to what was run at Gateway last season, this left-side tire code (D-4632) features a compound change for more grip, while this right-side tire code (D-4644) features Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology . . . the multi-zone tire combines two distinct compounds on the same tire -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread, and one for grip on the outboard 10 inches . . . most recently, this tire set-up was run by Sprint Cup and Xfinity teams at Richmond earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams will run inner liners in all four tire positions at Gateway . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


    Passing Of The Torch: John Hunter Nemechek To Take Over Full-Time Reins From Father

    There is a dawning of a new era in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

    One day following his 18th birthday (June 11), John Hunter Nemechek is back in the driver's seat for good.

    Nemechek, who has been sharing seat time with his father Joe in the No. 8 Chevrolet, will become old enough to be eligible to finish the remainder of the NCWTS schedule beginning in Saturday's American Ethanol presents the Drivin' for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren (8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).

    John Hunter - a member of the NASCAR Next initiative highlighting the sport's top up-and-coming drivers - has competed in two NCWTS races so far this year, logging finishes of 29th at Martinsville and 22nd at Dover. He had problems with his equipment in both events. In 14 career races, he claims one top-five and six top-10 finishes. The Mooresville, North Carolina native won the prestigious Snowball Derby Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida in December.

    Last season at Gateway, Nemechek led 53 laps before a late spin relegated him to 15th. His performance led to praise on Twitter from a litany of drivers, including Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick.

    Joe will take in the event as a guest analyst in the MRN booth. The 1992 XFINITY Series champion has won 20 NASCAR national series races in his career (16 XFINITY Series, 4 Sprint Cup Series).

    Three Party: Crafton Captures Personal-Best Third Win As He Goes For Trifecta Of Titles

    Only seven races into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Matt Crafton boasts a career-best three victories. The No. 88 ThorSport Racing driver is off to a blazing start on his way to his third consecutive NCWTS title, holding a 25-point advantage in the driver standings over Tyler Reddick. Crafton's average finish on the season is 3.0. If you remove his eighth-place showing in the season opener at Daytona, his average finish improves to 2.2.

    Crafton will attempt to continue his momentum at Gateway on Saturday. He has one top-five (9.1%) and seven top-10 (63.6%) finishes in 11 starts at the Illinois track.

    On Friday, June 12 at 11 p.m., the show, "Driven: Matt Crafton, Born to Race," will premiere on FOX Sports South following the Atlanta Braves game. The program chronicles Crafton's life and what led him to become a successful driver.

    New Winner Guaranteed At Gateway

    No driver on this year's entry list has ever won at Gateway, so there will be a new victor at the 1.25-mile track.

    Darrell Wallace Jr. took the checkered flag at Gateway last year - the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race there since 2010. Thirteen drivers have won in the 14 NCWTS races held at Gateway. Ted Musgrave is the only two-time winner (2001, 2005).

    Talk Of The Town(ley): John Wes Townley Logs Career-High Finish

    John Wes Townley is hoping his performance last Friday is a "Zappetizer" for things to come.

    The No. 05 Zaxby's Chevrolet driver finished a career-best third in the WinStar Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. Currently, Townley ranks fifth in the NCWTS driver standings and looks primed to move up. He claims three top-10 finishes in seven races this season.

    Townley heads to Gateway Motorsports Park next for Saturday's American Ethanol presents the Drivin' for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren. He finished eighth in his only start at Gateway, last season.

    "We've been running well in the truck and there's no reason we can't go to St. Louis and post a solid finish," Townley said. "Gateway is a pretty flat track with two distinct corners. I'm sure my team will have a great truck for us there. I'm looking forward to the challenge."

    Brandon Jones To Miss High School Graduation For Race

    On Saturday, Brandon Jones will be joining other notable young drivers, such as Ben Rhodes and Erik Jones, who recently skipped their high school graduations to compete in races.

    The RCR development driver will run the No. 33 GMS Racing Chevrolet in the American Ethanol presents the Drivin' for Linemen 200 brought to you be Ameren at Gateway Motorsports Park. Prior to the race, he will receive his diploma and a celebratory cake.

    Jones recently recorded a season-high finish of eighth at Dover. The Atlanta, Georgia native has one top five and two top 10s in 13 career starts.

    Theriault Continues Trucks Success

    Austin Theriault (7.7) owns a better average finish in the No. 29 Ford this season than his team owner Brad Keselowski (10.0).

    Sharing seat time in the truck with Team Penske drivers Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney, Theriault notched his second top five in three races last weekend at Texas with a fifth-place showing. In the other two events, he finished fourth (Daytona) and 14th (Kansas).

    Theriault will attempt to collect another top-five finish in Saturday's Drivin' for Linemen 200 brought to you be Ameren at Gateway Motorsports Park. The No. 29 is currently sixth in the owner standings, one point behind the ThorSport Racing No. 98 for the fifth spot.

    MB Motorsports Readies To Wow The Home Crowd

    MB Motorsports will take a quick ride down the street from its Foristell, Missouri shop to Gateway Motorsports Park for Saturday's race.

    Tyler Tanner will take the wheel in front of the home crowd in his fifth start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Tanner is coming off a 17th-place showing at Texas and will try to tally his first top-10 finish of the season.

    MB Motorsports has competed in every season since the NCWTS debuted in 1995 and has entered a car in each race at Gateway. The team has given many young drivers their start in NASCAR, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski and Regan Smith.

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