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Drivin' For Linemen 200

TRACK: Gateway Motorsports Park

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #9 of 23 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Madison, IL

Title Sponsor: Drivin' For Linemen

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

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Friday, June 24
12:30 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
1:30 PM 5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
2:00 PM 6:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN

Saturday, June 25
7:00 AM 7:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
7:30 AM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
8:30 AM 9:25 AM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
10:30 AM 11:55 AM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE

12:30 PM 6:15 PM NCWTS Minors Permitted in the Garage Area*
1:45 PM 2:30 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
3:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
4:45 PM (5:45 PM) NCWTS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
7:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM (8:30 PM) NCWTS RACE (160 LAPS, 200 MILES)

NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Gateway race results and standings (pdf)

  • Bell wins Truck Series Race at Gateway: #4-Christopher Bell won a memorable Drivin' For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday night, holding off #41-Ben Rhodes following a restart two laps from the finish. The win was the 50th team win for Kyle Busch Motorsports. #19-Daniel Hemric, #21-Johnny Sauter, #51-Erik Jones, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #11-German Quiroga, #24-Kaz Grala, #33-Ben Kennedy, and #17-Timothy Peters followed in the top-10.
    Rhodes started from the pole after rain forced NASCAR to set the field based on the 2016 rulebook. He led 4 laps throughout the night.
    There were 9 cautions for 44 laps and 8 lead changes among 6 leaders. There were also three red flag periods for extended cleanup following on-track incidents. The final red flag occurred with just over 5 laps remaining when #05-John Wes Townley and #23-Spencer Gallagher wrecked. The two exited their vehicles, and Townley confronted Gallagher. Safety workers failed to intervene as they exchanged their displeasure with one another, displaying potentially penalty-worthy behavior.
    After all of the yellow flags slowed the event, the average speed was 89.021mph.
    Complete results are on the Gateway race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Gateway Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-25-2016)

  • Gateway Race Fast Facts:
    Christopher Bell won the 3rd Annual Drivin' for Linemen 200, his second victory in 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2016. It is also Bell's first victory on asphalt. His first career win came at the Eldora Speedway dirt track, last year.
    With the victory, Kyle Busch Motorsports ties Roush Fenway Racing for the all-time series wins lead, with 50 victories.
    Ben Rhodes (second) scored his career-best finish. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Daniel Hemric (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Gateway Motorsports Park.
    William Byron # leads the point standings by 1 points over Matt Crafton.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-25-2016)

  • Driver standings following Gateway:
    1) #9-William Byron #, 226
    2) #88-Matt Crafton, 225, -1
    3) #17-Timothy Peters, 221, -5
    4) #19-Daniel Hemric, 216, -10
    5) #21-Johnny Sauter, 204, -22
    6) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 192, -34
    7) #33-Ben Kennedy, 192 -34
    8) #29-Tyler Reddick, 191, -35
    9) #4-Christopher Bell #, 185, -41
    10) #41-Ben Rhodes, #, 181, -45
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(6-25-2016)

  • Owner Standings following Gateway are posted (pdf).(6-25-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Gateway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #1-Cobb, 29th
    Caution 2: #71-Contreras, 30th
    Caution 3: #49-Boyd, 19th
    Caution 4: #51- Jones,5th
    Caution 5: #50-Tvapil, 25th
    Caution 6: #71-Contreras, 30th
    Caution 7: #71-Contreras, 30th
    Caution 8: #71-Contreras, 30th
    Caution 9: none
    (6-25-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit stall selections(pdf)

  • Rhodes on pole at Gateway: #41-Ben Rhodes will start from the pole for the Drivin' For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park after rain knocked out qualifying. The field was set based on combined practice speeds. Rhodes paced both sessions. He will be followed by: #21-Johnny Sauter, #9-William Byron, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #11-German Quiroga, #81-Ryan Truex, #29-Tyler Reddick, #00-Cole Custer, #4-Christopher Bell, and #13-Cameron Hayley.
    All entered trucks made the event. See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(6-25-2016)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Qualifying Rules

  • Rhodes fastest in final Truck practice: #41-Ben Rhodes was fastest in final practice for the Drivin' For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park with a speed of 135.755mph. He was followed by #21-Johnny Sauter, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #11-German Quiroga, #81-Ryan Truex, #29-Tyler Reddick, #4-Christopher Bell, #00-Cole Custer, #13-Cameron Hayley, and #23-Spencer Gallagher. 31 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Gateway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(6-25-2016)

  • Rhodes fastest in first Truck practice: #41-Ben Rhodes was fastest during opening practice at Gateway Motorsports Park with a speed of 135.738mph. #9-William Byron was second, followed by #00-Cole Custer, #81-Ryan Truex, #21-Johnny Sauter, #51-Erik Jones, #19-Daniel Hemric, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #32-Justin Haley, #8-John Hunter Nemechek. 30 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Gateway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-25-2016)

  • Truck Series Entry List: There are 34 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Drivin' For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park. A few notes:
    Jennifer Jo Cobb is in the #1;
    Tyler Young is back in the #02;
    The #10 is TBA;
    Austin Hill is in the #20;
    Justin Haley is in the #32;
    Cody Coughlin is in the #51;
    Ryan Truex is back in the #81;
    The #92 is not entered;
    (6-22-2016)
    UPDATE: Erik Jones is in for Cody Coughlin in the #51;
    (6-22-2016)
    UPDATE 2:Caleb Roark is in the #10;Enrique Contreras is in the #71; the #6-Benning and #2-=Hill withdrew.
    (6-25-2016)
    See the complete list on the Gateway entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Race No. 9 - Drivin' for Linemen 200 Gateway (1.25-mile oval) - Madison, Ill. Fast Facts for June 25, 2016

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Set limits: 5 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4674; Right-side -- D-4676

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.20 in. (2,215 mm); Right-side -- 88.27 in. (2,242 mm)

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

    Notes: This is a new tire set-up for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams at Gateway . . . this is the first time either of these two tire codes have been run . . . compared to what was run at Gateway last year, this set-up features a slight compound change and has been brought into line with what the Sprint Cup and Xfinity cars ran at Richmond in April . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to 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.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Burnin’ Hot: Byron Blazes To Third Victory

    William Byron has been racing for less than four years, yet is dominating the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

    Byron, 19, blazed to his series-leading third win of the season at Iowa and has visited Victory Lane in the series’ last two races. The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East frontrunner made only one start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series prior to this season.

    Now, he looks to tie a record. If Byron or teammates Christopher Bell or Erik Jones can earn a victory, Kyle Busch Motorsports would tie Roush Fenway Racing for the most owner wins in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history with 50.

    Byron ranks second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in average running position (7.5), driver rating (109.5), fastest laps run (149) and laps led (240). He leads the circuit in green flag speed (4.6 avg. rank) and is fastest on restarts (4.3 avg. rank).

    Byron, a NASCAR Next alumnus, makes his track debut at Gateway Motorsports Park in Saturday’s Drivin’ for Linemen 200 brought to you by Altec (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

    NASCAR Next Shines At Iowa

    NASCAR Next is performing like “NASCAR Now.”

    The industry initiative spotlighting young drivers to help them with their careers has had quite the run in recent weeks. Daniel Suárez picked up his first NASCAR XFINITY Series win at Michigan, while Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson knock on the door of their first victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Current member Noah Gragson captured the checkered flag at Stafford Motor Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Series East race.

    The success of NASCAR Next drivers extends to the Camping World Truck Series where all four of the top-four finishers and six of the top seven were program alumni: William Byron (first), Cole Custer (second), Cameron Hayley (third), Ben Rhodes (fourth), Daniel Suárez (sixth) and Ben Kennedy (eighth). In addition, none of the top-seven finishers were older than 24 (Tyler Reddick, 20, placed fifth).

    The NASCAR Next alumni who have visited Victory Lane in the Camping World Truck Series this season are William Byron (three times) and John Hunter Nemechek.

    Custer Eyes Gateway Repeat

    Cole Custer nearly pulled off the third win of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, and first of the season, at Iowa Speedway last Saturday.

    Ranked 11th on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase Grid, Custer sits 14 points below Ben Kennedy on the cutoff line. Nevertheless, a victory can get the Californian into the series’ playoffs. That victory may come Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park where Custer is the defending race winner.

    Gateway has treated Custer well in his career. In addition to his win last season (started second), he finished sixth in 2014 after becoming the youngest 21 Means 21 Pole winner in NASCAR national series history.

    8 To Go: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase Outlook

    Eight down, eight to go.

    The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is halfway to its inaugural Chase, beginning Saturday, Sept. 24 at New Hampshire. Matt Crafton, William Byron, Johnny Sauter and John Hunter Nemechek have locked up spots via wins, but four spots remain up for grabs.

    If the regular season ended today, the four winless drivers who would make the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase are Timothy Peters (33 points above ninth-place Spencer Gallagher), Daniel Hemric (+21), Tyler Reddick (+17) and Ben Kennedy (+3).

    A cluster of five drivers stands within 20 points of Kennedy’s pace for the final spot: Spencer Gallagher (-3), Cameron Hayley (-10), Cole Custer (-14), Christopher Bell (-19) and Ben Rhodes (-19).

    Remember, a win gets a driver into the Chase and can bump a potential points-qualifying driver. Christopher Bell, Parker Kligerman, John Wes Townley and Travis Kvapil are all competitors on the outside looking in who have won a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race before.

    The seven-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase features two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

    Reddick Readies To Rev Engine Near Site Of His Developmental Years

    Dubbed “The California Kid” because he’s from Corning, California, many do not know that Tyler Reddick spent six of his teenage years in Du Quoin, Illinois.

    Du Quoin is located a mere 85 miles from Madison, Illinois, home of Gateway Motorsports Park. It’s no surprise Reddick will have many friends in attendance from the area where he raced dirt cars before moving to Charlotte to pursue a NASCAR career.

    The No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing driver has hit top gear in the last couple months. He scored his third consecutive top five with a fifth-place showing at Iowa Speedway last Saturday. Over the past five races, he has gained 11 positions in the points standings (moving up to fifth), while registering an average finish of 6.8.

    In two Gateway starts, Reddick has finished 13th (2014) and eighth (2015).

    “Gateway means a lot to me and my family,” Reddick said. “I have a lot of friends who are coming to that race, so I definitely want to run well in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150. I spent a lot of time growing up in Du Quoin and I know that area better than I know where I live now in Charlotte.

    “There are a lot of good, hardcore race fans in that area that love all forms of racing.  We were really close to winning it last year, but came up a little short. I'm going the extra mile to make sure that we have a good race and put ourselves in a position to win like we did last time.”

    Nemechek Hopes To Round Back Further Into Form At Gateway

    John Hunter Nemechek has had one top-10 finish - a seventh-place showing at Texas - since producing a win at Atlanta and runner-up at Martinsville in the second and third races of the season.

    Last Saturday at Iowa, the NASCAR Next alumnus finished 12th, but tied his career-high of 53 laps led (set at Gateway in 2014).

    Nemechek heads back to Gateway - one of his self-proclaimed favorite tracks - looking to round back into form before the start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase.

    Nemecheck has made two starts on the 1.25-mile oval, finishing 15th (2014) and fourth (2015).

Next Race: NextEra Energy Resources 250

Countdown to the race: 02/24/2017 ~ 7:30 PM ET

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Fox Sports 1
Sirius Channel 90
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Qualifying:
4:30 pm/et, Friday, February 24 - TV: Fox Sports 1
Practices:
2:00 pm/et, Thursday, February 23 - TV: Fox Sports 1
4:00 pm/et, Thursday, February 23 - TV: Fox Sports 1

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