Years ago, an American motel chain adopted the slogan, “We’ll leave the light on for ya.” Gateway Motorsports Park’s powerful partner, Ameren Illinois, keeps the lights on. The electric and natural gas company will have a significant and valuable presence during Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Brought To You By Altec.
A lighting failure could spell disaster for the event, so weeks before race fans arrived, Ameren was present at GMP to assist with the lighting test on the superspeedway.
Ameren’s show trucks will be placed in and around the track and again will form the traditional “Welcome Race Fans” arch at the entrance to the grandstands. Ameren officials will participate in pre-race festivities and several of their linemen will climb power poles during the show.
They provided 600 free tickets to their linemen and Ameren crews will be on standby to ensure steady and smooth electrical operation throughout the race day.
“There are many similarities between a NASCAR truck race and the work electric and natural gas crews do every day,” said Richard Mark, President of Ameren Illinois. “A commitment to safety, effective communication and utilization of the latest technology are all critical, whether it’s competing to win a race or keeping the lights on. That’s why we think the Drivin’ For Linemen event is the perfect way to recognize all Ameren employees and the industry professionals for their hard work and dedication.”
Ameren Corporation, the parent company of Ameren Illinois, Ameren Missouri and Ameren Transmission, delivers electric and natural gas service to customers in both states while also developing regional transmission projects. Employing more than 8,500 co-workers, Ameren powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers across its 64,000-square-mile service territory. For additional information on Ameren, visit Ameren.com.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Brought To You By Altec will be joined by the Illinois Lottery Presents ARCA Midwest 50 and the Vatterott College Silver Crown Showdown for USAC open-wheel racers. Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m. with the NASCAR race slated for 7:30 p.m. The inaugural Climbin’ For Linemen competition will start at 9 a.m. in the speedway’s infield.
NASCAR DRIVIN’ FOR LINEMEN 200 BROUGHT TO YOU BY ALTEC SCHEDULE
Saturday, June 25
8 a.m. — Spectator gates open.
8:30-9:25 a.m. — First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice.
9 a.m. — Inaugural Buckingham “Climbin’ For Linemen” competition (infield near Turns 3 and 4).
9:30-10:20 a.m. — First USAC practice.
10:30-11:55 a.m. — Final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice.
12:30 p.m. — USAC qualifying.
1 p.m. — ARCA Midwest Tour practice.
1:45-2:30 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver autograph session (infield area).
2:15 p.m. — ARCA Midwest Tour qualifying.
3 p.m. — USAC driver introductions.
3:30 p.m. — Vatterott College Silver Crown Showdown (USAC Silver Crown Series, 60 laps, 75 miles).
4:45 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Brought To You By Altec qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds).
6 p.m. — Illinois Lottery Presents ARCA Midwest 50 (40 laps, 50 miles, timed event).
7 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Brought To You By Altec driver introductions.
7:30 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Brought To You By Altec (160 laps, 200 miles).
Schedule is subject to change.