Tuesday, Oct 04
Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.

This weekend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head to the Kentucky Speedway to run the UNOH 225 at the 1.5-mile oval. The race Thursday will mark the eighth stop on the series tour after taking last weekend off.

The entry list includes a total of 32 drivers who will try to hold off Kyle Busch to score the victory. A few notables and fresh faces include: Ryan Ellis, J.J. Yeley, Jimmy Weller, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Max Gresham, Kyle Busch, Adam Edwards, Caleb Holman and Corey Lajoie.

Kyle Busch will try and go six in a row Thursday at the Kentucky Speedway as a personal best for him. Twice in the past, Busch has won five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in a row, but has never been able to get the sixth. Busch hopes to add on to his 134 wins total by racing in all three races at Kentucky this weekend. 

So far throughout the 2014 season it has been all about Toyota in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The manufacture, who joined the sport at the beginning of 2007, has captured all wins in the first seven races with Kyle Busch, Matt Crafton and Darrell Wallace Jr. The last eight seasons Toyota has won the manufactures championship six times and currently has a steady lead heading into the eighth race of the year.

Ron Hornaday Jr. is certainly the favorite going into the race weekend as four of his 51 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories has come at the 1.5-mile oval. There is only one other track that the 56-year-old has four wins at and that would be Lucas Oil Raceway Park. A win on Thursday would put Kentucky on the top of his list. He goes into the race with eleven starts, three wins, three top-five and six top-10 finishes since 2005 at Kentucky. He holds an average finish there of 12.1.

You can catch the action at 7:30 p.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio broadcast of the UNOH 225. Ty Dillon, who will compete in Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race, is the defending race winner.

The Kentucky Speedway was rumbling today as the NASCAR Nationwide Series took to the 1.5-mile oval for two test sessions that lasted for a total of five hours and 30 minutes. Both sessions was broken up into two groups with one in the morning and the other being in the afternoon.

The fastest car during the morning session was Paul Menard after posting a fast time of 31.040 seconds, 173.969 mph. Menard turned a total of 20 laps with his fastest lap coming on his sixth time around the 1.5-mile oval. Menard will be making his first start in the series since winning the event at the Michigan International Speedway two weekend's ago.

Finishing right behind Menard in the second spot was Brian Scott after positing a fast time of 31.042 seconds, 173.958 mph. on his second of 25 total laps. Scott trailed the leader by just 0.002 seconds when the event concluded. This coming 14th annual John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 will mark his 157th career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Ryan Blaney, who is driving the No. 12 for Penske Racing, ended up third fastest on the speed chart with a lap of 31.171 seconds, 173.238 mph. This lap came on his seventh circuit around the Kentucky Speedway after running a total of just 15 laps. Blaney comes into the weekend as the winner of the Spetember event.

Trevor Bayne was the lone car who took a 10 consecutive lap run during the opening session and had an average speed of 169.503 mph. He turned a total of 28 laps and finished 10th in the session.

Trevor Bayne found himself sitting atop the scoring pylon after posting a lap of 31.010 seconds, 174.133 mph in the afternoon session. Bayne turned a total of 36 laps in his Advocare Ford with his fastest lap coming late into the run. Bayne hopes this extra track time will help him go for his first top-10 finish in 2014 and maybe even his first win of the year.

Brian Scott, who led nearly all afternoon in the second session, ended up once again in the second spot. Scott posted his fastest lap on his first of 73 turns around the Kentucky Speedway on a beautiful afternoon and ended up just 0.179 seconds behind the leader. He hopes to capture his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win this weekend.

Paul Menard, who was the fastest in the morning session, ended up third when the red and black flags was waved to end the three hour test session this afternoon. Menard posted a fast time of 31.284 seconds, 172.612 mph. on his 44th lap around the speedway. He ended up being just 0.274 seconds behind the practice leader.

Six total drivers posted a 10 consecutive lap average in the afternoon session with the fastest of those being Regan Smith. Smith had an average speed of 169.606 mph. during his run and ended up being 10th on the speed chart. The other five drivers to make a 10 lap run was Paul Menard, Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher, Ryan Sieg and Martin Roy.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will hit the track tomorrow for the first of two scheduled practice sessions. You can watch it live at 6:30 p.m. Et, on FOX Sports 1.

Carl Edwards led a total of 26 laps this afternoon to capture the victory in the 26th annual Toyota/Save Mart 350. This weekend marked his second win of the 2014 season that will officially lock the 34-year-old driver into the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Today's win marks his best finish at the 1.99-mile road course after his previous best was in 2011 & 2013 where he came home in third. Edwards started the event from the fourth spot and rallied back to the front after he was eleventh at the halfway point. With 27 laps left, Edwards was able to move into the second spot where he passed Marcos Ambrose one lap later to go on and score the victory.
 
Jeff Gordon just barely came up short today afternoon at the Sonoma Raceway after finishing in the second spot for his sixth top-five finish in 2014. Gordon was right on the back bumper going into the final corner to try and get Edwards to overdrive it but couldn't get him to. If he would've held on to grab the victory, Gordon would have captured his 90th win in his Sprint Cup Series career. He finished second by just 0.592 seconds. Gordon will head into next weekend's race with a 20 point lead over seventh-place finisher and teammate, Jimmie Johnson.
 
Finishing in third was Dale Earnhardt Jr. after once again having a solid run all afternoon despite a 17th-place starting spot. After driving hard in the last 27 laps, Earnhardt Jr. was able to drive his way from the eleventh spot to score his first top-10 and best ever finish today afternoon at the 1.99-mile road course in California. Earnhardt Jr. finished 3.300 seconds behind the race winner.
 
Today's pole sitter, Jamie McMurray, will walk away from Sonoma with a solid day by finishing in the fourth position. On Saturday afternoon, the 38-year-old posted a fast time of 1:14.352 seconds, 96.350 mph. He led a total of nine laps for two different times in today's Toyota/Save Mart 350. 
 
The next race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be at the Kentucky Speedway. Coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m. Et, live on TNT. The Performance Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the race. 

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to the Sonoma Raceway for the first of two races this season on a road course. Sonoma will mark race 16 of 36 for the series this season and will serve as the only stop for the series on the 1.99-mile road course.

The entry list features a total of 43 drivers so nobody will be going home once qualifying is completed tomorrow. Some of the drivers include: Boris Said, Alex Kennedy, JJ Yeley, Tommy Drissi and Michael McDowell. Qualifying will feature two rounds instead of three.

Jimmie Johnson heads into the Sonoma Raceway hoping to capture the win on Sunday. If he does get the win, he will tie Hendrick Motorsports record with six victories set in a row, and also make a milestone of 70 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This winning streak started at the Kansas Speedway where Jeff Gordon scored the win. Kasey Kahne remains the only driver who does not have a win this season despite some great runs.

Several drivers go into this weekend as the fan favorites to capture the win. Many of these include: Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Marcos Ambrose, Aj Allmendinger and even Jimmie Johnson. Stewart, Gordon and Johnson all three has atleast one victory here, as Ambrose and Allmendinger has both had some decent runs, but have come up all short.

Martin Truex Jr. hopes to get some strong runs going for the Furniture Row Racing team starting this weekend as he goes into Sonoma as the defending race winner. He goes into this weekend with only three finishes up inside the top-10. He sits 25th in the points standings without a win in 2014.

You can catch the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Et, live on TNT. The Performance Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the event.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series showed numerous excitement during the entire weekend in it's return to the Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2010. The weekend was pretty much dominated by the young drivers all race weekend long in practice, qualifying and the race.

On Saturday afternoon in qualifying, young 16-year-old driver Cole Custer captured the pole with a lap of 32.985 seconds, 136.426 mph. Custer did not just score the pole, but also broke two series records, the first breaking the track qualifying record that was set in 2005 by series veteran Ted Musgrave and becoming the youngest pole winner at 16 years, four months, 22 days. The previous record was held by Chase Elliott which scored the pole at the Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21st.

When the evening was all over, Darrell Wallace Jr. came out with the race win after leading a total of 85 laps during the event. Last night was his 29th career start in the truck series to capture his second win in the series and first win of the 2014 season, becoming the third different winner this year. He heads into Kentucky in two weeks hoping to capture his second win to get him up further into the points standings as he sits ninth and 43 points behind the points leader.

After getting into some trouble late into the event, German Quiroga was able to score a second-place finish, which was his best career finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since joining in 2011. Quiroga got into Erik Jones off of turn two to send him around to end their night. He goes into the Kentucky Speedway event sitting sixth in the points standings.

Timothy Peters, who did not have a great run last weekend at Texas after being involved in a accident with his teammate Quiroga, came out of Gateway with a third-place finishing position. Last night he scored his fifth top-10 finish of this season after seven races complete. Peters will leave Gateway fourth in the points standings.

Chase Pistone came out with the ninth-place finishing position for the highest finishing rookie of the race. Pistone also had a great weekend after being the fastest truck in the first practice session on Friday afternoon. Pistone rolled off of pit road starting in the fifth spot when the night started.

Matt Crafton was having a solid run until lap 123 when he cut down a tire in turn four. Crafton came into Gateway with a win last weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway and as the points leader. This crash will loose him the points lead going into Kentucky as it's now held by his teammate, Johnny Sauter.

The race this past weekend at the Gateway Motorsports Park was certainly fantastic and applaud what the new owners did to the place to make this event happen. The only thing about this great event that lacked was the number of fans who came out. One of the things they should tweak for next year is the ticket prices as it was $36.00 for a general admission ticket. They also charged fans $20.00 for parking, and if you wanted to leave for a little bit, to get back in it would be another $20.00 charge. Hopefully next year they'll have cheaper prices that is more afordable to the race fan.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to action on June 26 at the Kentucky Speedway at 7:30 p.m. Et, live on FOX Sports 1. The radio coverage of the race can be heard live on the Motor Racing Network that starts also at 7:30 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson captured his third victory of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and his first win at the 2.0-mile oval at Michigan. Even though Kevin Harvick had the most dominate car of the afternoon, Johnson was able to keep in front of him to lead the second most laps today of 39. Johnson will head into next weekend's race at the Sonoma Raceway looking for his 70th career win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Finishing in the second spot after having the srongest car all afternoon long was Kevin Harvick. Harvick led a total of 63 laps to score his seventh top-10 finish of the 2014 race season. In twelve of the 15 races ran so far this year, Harvick has atleast led one lap, but each fell short of the victory. He was just 1.214 seconds behind the race winner Jimmie Johnson this afternoon.

Finishing in the third spot after being passed by Harvick in the closing laps was Brad Keselowski. Keselowski led a total of four laps during the afternoon but just could not get a steady lead. Today's run gave the 30-year-old local driver his eighth top-10 finish of the 2014 racing season and hopes this will give the team more momentum going into next weekend at Sonoma.

The next race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take place at the Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, July 22nd. This will be the first of two stops at a road course this season for the tour. You can catch the action at 2:00 p.m. Et, live on TNT. The Motor Racing Network will provide live radio coverage of the event.

Gateway Motorsports Park will make a return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tonight. Many fans, whether they watching at home or up on the grandstands, are certainly in for a great treat.

Curtis Francois, from the St. Louis area, purchased the Gateway Motorsports Park because he, himself, is a die-hard motorsports fan and wanted to bring back a great facility that went under with no fault of itself. He is excited about giving the great facility the energy, finacing and care that the place deserves.

One of the things fans will notice when coming to Gateway tonight is the improved restrooms, the track surface, and so each of these will provide the fans with a fantastic family-friendly expirence at the 1.25-mile oval. Also one of the things fans and even the drivers will notice, is how much the track really cares about the race is the nicely painted walls around the track.

For right now, Francios is not fucusing on bringing back the Nationwide Series, and is just purly focusing on this weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race tonight, but will possibly look into it. He also said that it's going to take a couple of years before the Camping World Truck Series will make a impact around the community. Besides the top-three NASCAR national touring series, one of the things the track is looking for is the racing series that provides fans with great side-by-side action. One of many examples of this is the USAC Silver Crown Series that was ran here earlier today.

The race track will offer a couple of promotions this weekend to the race fans. One of these is a four-pack of tickets for $100.00, which is a good way to spend the day hopefully with their fathers. Another importance of this weekend for the track is honoring the men and women who work on power lines because many people forget that they are also first responders to keeping the power on for everyone.

Hopefully this will be the first of many events at this great 1.25-mile oval for many years to come. Gateway is certainly unique with how big this track is, but races much like a short track, so it's definately an interesting combination. Since the track has not saw much racing here since 2010, the track has really roughed up some, but still provides the unique character as it did here previously.

Friday night at the Gateway Raceway, Justin Lofton led the second of the three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice sessions. Lofton posted a fast time of 32.906 seconds, 136.753 mph. Lofton shook down the No. 20 for Gray Gaulding who was in Florida with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. He will return in time to run in the final practice on Saturday morning.

Finishing in the second spot was Matt Crafton who posted the fast time of 32.953 seconds, 136.558 mph. Crafton ran a total of 40 laps of the evening with his best lap on his 11th of the day. He heads into the Drivin' for Lineman 200 looking to capture his third career victory of the series. He was just 0.047 seconds behind the practice leader.

Rounding out the top-three was Cole Custer, who hopes to finally leave Gateway with his first top-10 finish in the series. He posted his fastest time on his fourth lap of the session with a 32.992 seconds, 136.397 mph. The 16-year-old has made two starts this year with his best finish coming at the Martinsville Speedway of 12th. That event also was his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut.

There was one incident late into the practice involving the No. 12 of Ted Minor over in turn four. The team was able to fix the damage to the truck to allow the Chevrolet to participate in the final practice session.

Chase Pistone, who has yet to race at Gateway Motorsports Park, paced the first practice session on Friday with a fast time of 33.054 seconds, 136.141 mph. He goes into this race making his third career start, with his last at the Martinsville Speedway in April. This weekend he hopes to capture his first career top-10 finish, which he would love to make that a win.

Finishing second in the session was Justin Lofton, who is practicing the No. 20 for Gray Gaulding, who is off at Five-Flags Speedway for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event. Just like Pistone, Gaulding hopes to capture that first top-10 finish that the 16-year-old badly needs. Lofton posted a fast time of 33.232 seconds, 135.497 mph. He was just 0.157 seconds off of the leader.

Rounding out the top-three was Jeb Burton who posted a fast time of 33.232 seconds, 135.412 mph. Burton comes into Gateway hoping for his third top-10 finish of the 2014 racing season and would certainly love to take his new sponsor to victory lane. Burton never made a start here and would love to add his name to the list of eleite drivers who has scored a victory at the 1.25-mile oval.

There was only one incident in the first practice involving the No. 8 of John Hunter Nemechek. Nemechek got into the wall just slightly in the opening minutes, which the team was able to fix and got the 17-year-old back out just before the session came to a close.

This past weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway, Joe Nemechek finished the WinStar World Casino 400k with his second best finish ever in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by finishing in third. Nemechek hopes that this finish will give the team plenty of momentum going into Gateway Motorsports Park, the site of Saturday's Drivin' for Lineman 200.

Although, this weekend at the 1.25-mile oval in St. Louis, you will see a different Nemechek behind the wheel as it'll be his son, John Hunter Nemechek. This weekend will mark his fifth ever start in the series and his third of the 2014 season. Something that will even give him more confidence is the fact that he comes into this weekend fresh off a sixth-place finish at the Dover International Speedway three weeks ago. Even though Gateway is 1.25-miles in length, it races like a short track, so Nemechek will have a lot of confidence heading into this weekend.  

"I think this gives us some good momentum heading into this weekend." said John Hunter Nemechek. "It's almost a rivalry between my dad and I of who can compete and have the best finish in the series. It felt good to top it with a sixth-place finish at Dover, but he came out with a top-three at Texas, so we're definitely looking forward to have a top-five finish here this weekend."

Earlier this afternoon at the Gateway Motorsports Park, Nemechek had a little incident at the beginning of the first Camping World Truck Series practice that damaged his right side after making slight contact with the wall just minutes into the session. The racing team was able to make repairs to the truck to get him back out in the time remaining.

 

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