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Camping World Truck Series:
Saturday 6/23: Gateway Motorsports Park, Eaton 200 presented by CK Power, 8pm, MRN
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
Sunday 6/24: Sonoma Raceway, Toyota/Save Mart 350, 2pm, PRN
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NEXT STOP … SONOMA RACEWAY … for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350, the first of three road races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series … Last year’s winner in California wine country is this year’s hottest driver, Kevin Harvick. Harvick is looking to defend his 2017 win at Sonoma Raceway and add to his 2018, series leading, race win total of five … Other current drivers with wins at the NoCal road course include Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Clint Boyer, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, and Jimmie Johnson … Sonoma, Watkins Glen International, and new for 2018, the road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway, or the “Roval”, make up the only tracks on the Cup Series circuit with right turns.
THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES … runs the first of three “stand-alone” events this season, Saturday night’s Eaton 200 Presented by C-K Power at Gateway Motorsports Park. As the 2018 regular season rolls into its second half, the playoff picture is coming into focus. The list of race winners includes 2016 champion Johnny Sauter, Noah Gragson and Brett Moffitt. Two-time series champ Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen are in good shape points-wise to qualify for the post-season. Justin Haley leads rookie Myatt Snider by thirty-one points for what would be the eighth and final playoff spot with rookie Dalton Sargeant just eight points behind Snider. None of those ten post-season contenders have won before at Gateway. Among that group, Sauter had the best finish in last year’s race – third place (behind John Hunter Nemechek and Chase Briscoe).
THE X-FINITY SERIES … is idle before opening a stretch of fifteen straight weekends with the Overton’s 300 on June 30th at Chicagoland Speedway. The tour won’t have another off-weekend until mid-October. Elliott Sadler leads the driver standings going in the off week and his JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier has the most wins among Xfinity Series regulars with two.
► With a thirteenth-place finish on June 10th at Michigan International Speedway, William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports now enjoys a thirty-point lead over Bubba Wallace in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings for the Monster Energy Series. Wallace finished nineteenth in the FireKeepers Casino 400.
► Christopher Bell’s second-place finish (to Justin Allgaier) last weekend at Iowa Speedway has drawn him to within two points of Tyler Reddick in the X-finity Series rookie standings. Reddick, who drives for Junior Motorsports, placed eighth in the Iowa 250. Austin Cindric, Kaz Grala and Alex Labbe once again complete the top five.
► ThorSport Racing’s Myatt Snider has taken over first place in the Camping World Truck Series rookie standings following his tenth-place finish in Iowa. He holds an eight-point lead over Dalton Sargeant, who entered last weekend in the top spot but slipped to second after a nineteenth-place finish in the M-and-M’s 200. Justin Fontaine, Todd Gilliland and Bo Le Mastus round out the top five.
TRACK INFORMATION: Sonoma Raceway in Northern California is a one-point-nine-nine-mile natural road course with twelve turns and a number of changes in elevation. Sunday’s race length is 350 kilometers (219 miles), 110 laps.
21st RUNNING OF THE TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350 MONSTER ENERGY SERIES RACE
IN SONOMA, CALIFORNIA … Sunday, 3:15 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Kevin Harvick finally found his way to Victory Lane, stretching his fuel mileage over the final forty laps and leading the last twenty-two trips around the two-mile road course for his first Cup Series win of the 2017 season. The 2014 champion started twelfth and led briefly early in the second half of the race before taking command down the stretch to record his thirty-sixth series victory but first since October 2016. Clint Bowyer finished second, giving Stewart-Haas Racing a one-two sweep. Brad Keselowski ran third with Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch completing the top five. Pole winner Kyle Larson led only the first nine laps and finished twenty-sixth, one lap off the pace … Martin Truex Junior won the first stage and led a race-high twenty-five laps. But he was sidelined by engine failure and finished thirty-seventh in the thirty-eight-car field … Seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson notched his first stage win of the year, leading the field home in the second segment of the race. He went on to finish thirteenth, one of twenty-two drivers running on the lead lap with Harvick at the checkered flag … The race featured thirteen lead changes, which broke the track record of twelve that had occurred three times before – most recently in 2016 … There were ten different race leaders, erasing the old mark of nine that had been recorded four times before – most recently in 2014.
Track Position in Sonoma: Twenty of the twenty-nine Cup Series races run have been won from a starting position of tenth or better. Just two winners have come from a starting position of twentieth or worse … Winning From the Pole at Sonoma: Five of twenty-nine Cup Series races have been won from the pole position. The last driver to do it was Jeff Gordon in 2004 … Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Larson (Chevrolet) … 96.568 miles per hour … 74.186 seconds … June 2015 … Track Record, Race Speed: Clint Bowyer (Toyota) … 83.624 mph … 2 hours, 39 minutes, 55 seconds … June 2012.
Length of Stages in Sunday’s Race: 25-25-60 Laps … Friday’s Practice Schedule: From 2:40 to 3:55 and 5:40 to 6:55 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: Saturday at 2:45 p.m. (ET).
TRACK INFORMATION: Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, is a one-point-two-five-mile oval with nine to eleven degrees of banking in the turns and flat straightaways. The length of the frontstretch is 1,922 feet, the backstretch 1,976 feet. Grandstand seating capacity is sixty-five thousand.
18th RUNNING OF THE EATON 200 CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE
AT GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK … Saturday, 8 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Crafton swapped the lead three times over the final ten laps before Nemechek prevailed, keeping his Number-8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet in front over the final six circuits to notch his fourth series victory. On Father’s Day Weekend, the win was especially sweet for Nemechek – who had recently celebrated his 20th birthday. His father, former Cup Series driver Joe Nemechek, also competed in the race and finished twenty-third before joining in his son’s victory celebration. The younger Nemechek’s margin of victory was one-point-six seconds over runner-up Chase Briscoe, who had started from the pole and led a race-high eighty-eight laps.
Length of Stages in Saturday’s Race: 35-35-90 Laps … Friday’s Practice Schedule: From 3:35 to 4:25, 5:35 to 6:25 and 7:35 to 8:25 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: Saturday at 5:45 p.m. (ET).
Sunday 7/1 Chicagoland Speedway Overton's 400 1:30pm MRN
Saturday 7/7 Daytona Int'l Speedway Coke Zero Sugar 400 6pm MRN
Saturday 7/14 Kentucky Speedway Quaker State 400 6:30pm PRN
Sunday 7/22 New Hampshire Motor Speedway New Hampshire 301 1pm PRN
Sunday 7/29 Pocono Raceway Gander Outdoor's 400 1:30pm MRN
Sunday 8/5 Watkins Glen Int'l I Love New York 355 1:30pm MRN
Sunday 8/12 Michigan Int'l Speedway Consumers Energy 400 1:30pm MRN
Saturday 8/18 Bristol Motor Speedway Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race 6:30pm PRN
Sunday 9/2 Darlington Raceway Bojangles' Southern 500 5pm MRN
Sunday 9/9 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard 400 2pm PRN/IMS
Sunday 9/16 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Monster Energy Cup Series 400 2pm PRN
Saturday 9/22 Richmond Raceway Federated Auto Parts 400 6:30pm MRN
Sunday 9/30 Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Bank of America 500 1pm PRN
Sunday 10/7 Dover Int'l Speedway Apache Warrior 400 1pm MRN
Sunday 10/14 Talladega Superspeedway 1000Bulbs.com 500 1pm MRN
Sunday 10/21 Kansas Speedway Hollywood Casino 400 1pm MRN
Sunday 10/28 Martinsville Speedway First Data 500 1:30pm MRN
Sunday 11/4 Texas Motor Speedway AAA Texas 500 2pm PRN
Sunday 11/11 ISM Raceway Can-Am 500 1:30pm MRN
Sunday 11/18 Homestead-Miami Speedway Ford EcoBoost 400 1:30pm MRN
Saturday 6/30 Chicagoland Speedway Overton's 300 3pm MRN
Saturday 7/21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Lakes Region 200 3:30pm PRN
Saturday 7/28 Iowa Speedway U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by The Rasmussen Group 5pm MRN
Saturday 8/4 Watkins Glen Int'l Zippo 200 at the Glen 3pm MRN
Saturday 8/11 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Mid-Ohio Challenge 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 8/25 Road America Johnsonville 180 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 9/1 Darlington Raceway Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 3pm MRN
Saturday 9/15 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Xfinity Series 300 3:30pm PRN
Saturday 9/29 Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Drive for the Cure 300 2:30pm PRN
Saturday 10/6 Dover Int'l Speedway Drive Sober 200 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 10/20 Kansas Speedway Kansas Lottery 300 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 11/3 Texas Motor Speedway O'Reily 300 8pm PRN
Saturday 11/10 ISM Raceway Ticket Galaxy 200 3pm MRN
Saturday 11/17 Homestead-Miami Speedway Ford EcoBoost 300 3pm MRN
Saturday 7/28 Pocono Raceway Gander Outdoor's 150 12:30pm MRN
Saturday 8/11 Michigan Int'l Speedway LTi Printing 200 12:30pm MRN
Sunday 8/26 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Chevrolet Silverado 250 2pm MRN
Saturday 10/13 Talladega Superspeedway Talladega 250 12:30pm MRN
Saturday 10/27 Martinsville Speedway Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented by Alpha Energy Solutions 12:30pm MRN
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