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Camping World Truck Series Gateway 2017 NASCAR Race Info

Drivin for Linemen 200

Gateway Motorsports Park
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #8 of 23 for the 2017 season
Race:Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Madison, IL
Title Sponsor: Drivin for Linemen
Race Time: 8:30pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:48pm/et


TELEVISION COVERAGE

Television Race Coverage: FoxSports1 – 5:30pm/et
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RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (motorracingnetwork.com) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90 (siriusxm.com)


ONLINE STREAMING

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track and subject to change

Friday, June 16
3:00 PM 5:30 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Saturday, June 17
7:00 AM 7:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
8:30 AM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
9:30 AM 10:25 AM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
11:30 AM 12:25 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE

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

NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE


RACE INFORMATION

Nemechek wins Gateway: #8-John Hunter Nemechek won the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday night despite a hard-charging effort from pole-sitter #29-Chase Briscoe. #21-Johnny Sauter, #88-MattCrafton, #98-Grant Enfinger, #4-Christopher Bell, #16-Ryan Truex, #27-Ben Rhodes, #18-Noah Gragson and #24-Justin Haley were the remainder of the top-10.
There were three caution flags for 17 laps and nine lead changes among five leaders.
See results on the Gateway race results page(6-17-2017)

Stage Information: 
Stage 1 – 35 laps, winner, #8-John Hunter Nemechek
Stage 2 – 70 laps, winner, #29-Chase Briscoe
Stage 3 – 160 laps, race winner, #8-John Hunter Nemechek

Gateway Truck Series Race Fast Facts:
John H. Nemechek won the 4th Annual Drivin’ for Linemen 200, his fourth victory in 61 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Chase Briscoe (second) posted his first top-10 finish in at Gateway Motorsports Park. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2017.
Johnny Sauter (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in six races at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Chase Briscoe (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 38 points over Christopher Bell.
Nemechek becomes the second youngest NCWTS driver to win at Gateway at the age of 20 years 0 months 6 days.
The average age of the NCWTS winners at Gateway over the last four seasons is 19.5 – 2014 Darrell Wallace Jr. (20 years old), 2015 Cole Custer (17), 2016 Christopher Bell (21) and 2017 John Hunter
Nemechek (20).
(NASCAR Statistics)(6-17-2017)

Truck Series point standings following Gateway:
1) #21-Johnny Sauter, 380
2) #4-Christopher Bell, 342, – 38
3) #88-Matt Crafton, 318, -62
4) #29-Chase Briscoe, 311, -69
5) #27-Ben Rhodes, 281, -99
6) #98-Grant Enfinger, 265, -115
7) #16-Ryan Truex, 265, -115
8) #33-Kaz Grala, 234, -146
9) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 228, -152
10) #18-Noah Gragson, 209, -171
See complete standings on Driver points standings page and the owner’s standings are posted on the Owner points standings page.(6-17-2017)

Free Pass – Who got a lap back on each caution at Gateway: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #63-Donahue, 16th
Caution 2: #50-Reaume, 19th
Caution 3: #13-Coughlin, 12th
(6-17-2017)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

Pitstall selections

Briscoe on Gateway pole: #29-Chase Briscoe won the pole for Saturday’s Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park with a speed at 136.828mph. #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #4-Christopher Bell, #51-Todd Gilliland, #19-Austin Cindric, #88-Matt Crafton, #18-Noah Gragson, #24-Justin Haley, #21-Johnny Sauter, and #33-Kaz Grala were the remainder of the top-10.
Failed to qualify: none.
The starting lineup is posted on the Gateway starting lineup page(6-17-2017)

Gateway Qualifying Fast Facts:
Chase Briscoe won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 4th Annual Drivin’ for Linemen 200 with a lap of 32.888 seconds, 136.828 mph.
This is his second pole in eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole at Gateway Motorsports Park. Briscoe becomes the the third youngest NCWTS driver to win a pole at Gateway at the age of 22 years 6 months 2 days.
John H. Nemechek (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2017 and his second in four races at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Christopher Bell (third) posted his second top-10 start at Gateway Motorsports Park. It is his seventh in eight races this season.
Chase Briscoe (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(6-17-2017)

Qualifying results(pdf)

Qualifying order(pdf)

Qualifying will consist of three multi-truck rounds. Qualifying rules

Crafton paces final Gateway Truck practice:#88-Matt Crafton was fastest during final practice for Saturday’s Drivin’ four Linemen 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park with a speed of 135.976mph. #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #27-Ben Rhodes, #24-Justin Haley, #19-Austin Cindric, #33-Kaz Grala, #18-Noah Gragson, #4-Christopher Bell, #51-Todd Gilliland, and #28-Chase Briscoe were the remainder of the top-10. 29 trucks practiced during the session. See complete results on the Practice 2 speeds (pdf)(6-17-2017)

Bell fastest in opening Gateway Truck practice: #4-Christopher Bell was fastest during the opening practice for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park at 136.030mph. #18-Noah Gragson, #29-Chase Briscoe, #51-Todd Gilliland, #24-Justin Haley, #88-Matt Crafton, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #21-Johnny Sauter, #19-Austin Cindric, and #98-Grant Enfinger were the remainder of the top-10. 20 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Practice 1 speeds (pdf)(6-17-2017)

Truck Series entry list: There are 28 trucks entered for Saturday’s Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park. See the complete list on the Gateway entry list page (pdf).(6-12-2017)
UPDATE: The #99 withdrew. The #57 and 87 were late adds.


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

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 16-17, 2017

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 the same tire set-up NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams ran at
Gateway last season . . . Gateway is the only track at which truck teams will run either
of these two tire codes . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that
NASCAR Cup and Xfinity teams run at Richmond . . . 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

Christopher Rings Victory Bell At Texas 
Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell edged Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Chase Briscoe by inches to win the winstaronlinegaming.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night.

Bell, a native of Norman, Oklahoma, considers Texas Motor Speedway his home track and this was his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at the 1.5 mile track.

With the win, Bell becomes the first multi-win NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver this season. He has two wins, five top fives, six top 10s and 332 laps led through seven races this season. Bell is second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings behind leader and defending series champion Johnny Sauter.

As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Gateway Motorsports Park for the Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Saturday, June 17 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), Bell is looking to repeat. He won last season’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race there for his lone victory of 2016.

Briscoe Scores Career-Best Finish
Brad Keselowski Racing driver and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Chase Briscoe continued his outstanding start to the 2017 season by scoring a runner-up finish at Texas Motor Speedway.

Briscoe lost a close battle to eventual race winner Christopher Bell on Lap 166, but scored his second top-three of 2017. He has yet to finish outside the top-25 this season.

Team owner Brad Keselowski had nothing but positive things to say about Briscoe and his future racing career in NASCAR;

“He’s one of those guys, where I look at and say wow. I wish I was as talented and composed as he is at this age. Chase to me is one of those guys who has loads of natural talent but has the intangibles to take to that next level. I think he is a future Cup (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) driver.”

Briscoe (-81) is currently fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings and second (-4) in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points standings.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie Battle Heating Up 
Following his top-three finish at Texas Motor Speedway, ThorSport Racing driver Grant Enfinger took the lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year points standings for the first time this season.

Enfinger jumped GMS Racing Sunoco Rookie Kaz Grala for the top spot and looks to extend his lead this week at Gateway Motorsports Park. He has had a strong Sunoco Rookie season so far – netting two top-three finishes and four top 10s in seven races.

Following Enfinger in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings: Chase Briscoe (-4), Grala (-5), Noah Gragson (-16) and Austin Cindric (-37).

Haley Hails Career-Best Finish At Texas 
GMS Racing driver and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Justin Haley scored a career-best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finish at Texas Motor Speedway when he finished sixth in the winstaronlinegaming.com 400.

Haley’s previous career-best finish was seventh in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway in 2015.

Haley has turned on the gas as of late, as he has back-to-back top 10s, and has three top 10s in his last four races.

He has one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Gateway Motorsports Park and finished 21st there last season.

Gateway Motorsports Park Quick Facts
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Gateway Motorsports Park for the first and only time this season, below are some series quick facts:

Races: 16
Pole Winners: 10
Youngest Pole Winner: Cole Custer (06/14/2014 – 16 years, 4 months, 22 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner (09/01/2007 – 50 years, 2 months, 4 days)
Race Winners: 15
Youngest Winner: Cole Custer (06/13/2015 – 17 years, 4 months, 22 days)
Oldest Winner: Mike Skinner (09/12/2009 – 52 years, 2 months, 15 days)
Races Won From Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 3
Last Race Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): Kevin Harvick (07/17/2010)
Race Record: Jack Sprague 113.726mph (05/07/2000)
Qualifying Record: Cole Custer 136.426 mph (06/14/2014)

The Rhode To Victory At Gateway? 
In his second full-time season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes is off to a hot start. Rhodes already has more top-five finishes this season than each of the last two seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and we’re only seven races into the year.

The one thing Rhodes has yet to do in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series? Get his first win. He came awfully close earlier this season at Kansas Speedway, but a piece of debris cutting through his engine ended his night while he was leading Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch late in the race.

Rhodes is looking for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Gateway Motorsports Park – a place where he has had previous success at.

In one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway last season, Rhodes won the 21 Means 21 Pole and finished second.

In seven races this season, Rhodes has three top fives, four top 10s and has yet to finish outside the top-23.

Nemechek Looking To Kick It Into High Gear At Gateway
After an up-and-down start to the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, John Hunter Nemechek is looking to make big gains at Gateway.

Nemechek is currently 11th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings and has two top-five finishes so far this season.

In three career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Gateway, Nemechek has two top-six finishes and has never finished outside the top-15. He’s led 53 laps there and owns an average finish of 8.3.

Nemechek will need more consistency to get himself into the top eight in points to make the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs this season.

First Timers At Gateway 
There are nine Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders making their track debut at Gateway Motorsports Park in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200. They include: Chase Briscoe, Wendell Chavous, Austin Cindric, Cody Coughlin, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala and Justin Haley.

Ross Chastain, Kevin Donahue, Kyle Donahue, Austin Hill, Bryce Napier, and Todd Peck are also making their track debut at Gateway Motorsports Park in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland will make his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this weekend, running for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Gateway. He finished 20th in his series debut at Dover International Speedway earlier this season.

The Gateway Difference
In the last three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Gateway Motorsports Park, there have been three different victors:
2016: Christopher Bell
2015: Cole Custer
2014: Darrell Wallace Jr.

Bell will be making his return to Gateway this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, while Cole Custer will be running in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Michigan and Darrell Wallace Jr. will be competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Driver Standings Update: 
GMS Racing’s Johnny Sauter remains in the top spot of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, while Christopher Bell and Matt Crafton round out the top three. Holding down spots 4-8 are Chase Briscoe, Ben Rhodes, Ryan Truex, Grant Enfinger and Kaz Grala. There are three Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders in the top eight.

Owner Standings Update: GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado leads Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Toyota Tundra by 40 points and ThorSport’s No. 88 Toyota Tundra by 70 points. Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 29 Ford and Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota take up spots 4-5.

Manufacturer Standings Update: Toyota (four wins) leads Chevrolet (three wins) and Ford (zero wins) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series manufacturer standings through seven races this season.