The Camping World Truck Series marks NASCAR’s return to Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis for the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 this Saturday, June 14th. Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Erik Jones will be behind the wheels of the KBM Toyota Tundras this weekend, each hoping to break into the winner’s circle at this “new” – to them – track.
The Truck Series last raced at Gateway in 2010, when Brian Ickler finished ninth in a KBM machine. Wallace Jr., in the No. 54 Made In America Tundra, will make his first career start at the 1.25-mile track, as will Jones in the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra.
“It’s hard to say what expectations will be because there are so many unknowns going to a new track,” said Wallace Jr. on the KBM website. “The only time I’ve been to the track is to help announce the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series return to Gateway and while I did make some laps in a Toyota Camry, it’s hard to say how those few laps will translate to our Tundra. We have several practice sessions on Friday and we will use the first session to get a feel for the track and see how our Tundra unloads before really dialing it in for the race on Saturday night. I think with the momentum from our strong run at Texas last weekend, we will have another great weekend in the No. 54 Made In America Toyota Tundra. I’m excited to get to the track and pick up where we left off in Texas.”
“I was looking at the schedule and couldn’t believe how much practice time we have,” said Jones. “Any time that you are given more practice time it is important to take advantage of it. It’s my first time at Gateway, so it will help with being able to get a feel for the place. I know we have a lot of different things we are going to be working on Friday and hopefully along the way we will hit on something that will help us be fast in the race.”
The Camping World Truck Series qualifies Saturday at 4:10 p.m. CT, followed by the green flag for the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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