“Three races, one ticket!” is the new slogan for this year’s highly-anticipated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on June 25 at Gateway Motorsports Park. The third annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 will be accompanied this year by the USAC Silver Crown Series and ARCA Midwest Tour Late Models.
The Drivin’ For Linemen 200 delivers some of the most popular NASCAR drivers and teams to the St. Louis region, including 2015 winner Cole Custer, 2013-2014 series champion Matt Crafton and rookie sensation Rico Abreu. Seventeen-year-old Custer thrilled the NASCAR fans with a daring move on the final restart to win the 2015 Drivin’ For Linemen 200 by only 0.871-seconds over Spencer Gallagher. Tyler Reddick is a former local driver who has won twice in the Truck Series. Driver introductions are slated for 7 p.m. with the green flag at 7:30 p.m.
The USAC Silver Crown Series race brings open-wheel excitement to GMP’s June 25 tripleheader. The wingless “big cars” of open-wheel racing boast a colorful history dating back to 1971. Past USAC Silver Crown Series champions include: A.J. Foyt (1972), Mario Andretti (1974), Missouri’s hometown hero Ken Schrader (1982) and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart (1991 and 1995, respectively). California’s Kody Swanson is the series’ defending champion, having clinched titles in 2014 and 2015.
The 40-lap, 50-mile ARCA Midwest Tour race is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Two ARCA Midwest races have been run so far in 2016 and Ty Majewski of Seymour, Wisconsin, has won both. Majewski drives in this Late Model stock car series for the legendary Ruolo Brothers and is a member of Roush Fenway’s driver development program. Another driver to watch in this event is 17-year-old Natalie Decker, a four-time kart racing champion from Wisconsin.
The inaugural Climbin’ For Linemen competition will start at 9 a.m. in the speedway’s infield.
GEICO and GMP are offering a 60% discount on tickets to active military personnel, armed forces veterans — and their families. Each discount ticket also includes: one food voucher for one free bottle of water and hot dog (redeemable at any concession stand on race day, courtesy of GEICO), one cold pit pass and one discounted coupon for the Gateway Kartplex that can be used anytime throughout the year. For more information on this offer, please visit: http://www.wwtraceway.com/geico-military/.
Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m.
Friday, June 24
5-6 p.m. — NASCAR garages open to the public.
6-10 p.m. — Party at the ‘Plex at the Gateway Kartplex (kart racing, music, entertainment).
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 “Climbin’ For Linemen” lineman rodeo competition (infield area near Turn 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 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 driver introductions.
7:30 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 (160 laps, 200 miles).
Schedule is subject to change.