Saturday, Jun 03
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Kyle Larson, NASCAR’s 2021 Cup Series champion, will appear at the free Fanfest Thursday at Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis, next to Busch Stadium. The Fanfest will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Larson will participate in a Q&A session with NASCAR star Kenny Wallace at 4:05 p.m., then will sign autographs from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Larson drives the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.


NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Memphis Villarreal also will appear at the Fanfest.




The track opens on Friday, June 2, for Free Friday. Fans activities include the opportunity to see the NASCAR haulers, watch the NASCAR hauler parade, a guided track walk, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 practice and qualifying.


NASCAR Cup Series practice begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, followed by qualifying for the Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 is slated to take the green flag at 12:30 p.m., followed by the inaugural JJK 5k. Music artists Flo Rida and Tim Dugger will take the stage beginning at 5:15 p.m.


Spectator gates will open at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 4, for the second annual Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter NASCAR Cup Series race. Driver introductions will take place at 1:55 p.m. with the green flag at 2:30 p.m. Brittney Spencer, Bailey Zimmerman and Brothers Osborne will perform on the Confluence Music Festival’s main stage beginning at 10:30 a.m. Country music superstar Dierks Bentley will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. for a post-race concert.



10 a.m. to 11:30  a.m. -- NASCAR haulers Touch-a-Truck. Located in the Special Events lot. See the NASCAR haulers, meet the hauler drivers. Photo opportunities. Open to everyone.


11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch with Legends featuring Kenny Wallace. This is a ticketed event and is sold out. Lunch at 11 a.m. Q&A session at 11:30 a.m. Located on Midway Stage No. 3.


12 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series haulers parade to the all-new Gateway Garage. Fans invited to the grandstands to watch the parade of NASCAR Cup Series haulers as they enter the track.


2 p.m. -- Guided fan Track Walk. Fans may walk a lap around the World Wide Technology Raceway oval with a special guest from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. (Driver TBA).


3 p.m. to 8 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series technical inspections. Fans with Saturday or Sunday Infield Fan Experience passes may watch the NASCAR Cup Series’ technical inspection process and get a preview of the all-new Gateway Garage Experience.


5 p.m. -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 practice.

5:30 p.m. -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 qualifying.




6 a.m. – Parking lots open.

7 a.m. -- Spectator gates and Infield Fan Experience open. All Midway stages go live for Confluence Music Festival.

9 a.m. -- NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter practice.

9:45 a.m. -- NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter qualifying.

11 a.m. – NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver autograph session (Infield Fan Experience).

12 p.m. – NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 driver introductions.

12:30 p.m. – NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 (160 laps).

3:30 p.m. – Jackie Joyner-Kersee JJK 5k.

4 p.m. – Car show (pit road).

5:15 p.m. – Flo Rida performance.

6:30 p.m. -- Tim Dugger: Saturday Wrap-Up Party on the Midway.

8 p.m. – Campground concert.

8:30 p.m. – Track gates closed.



6 a.m. -- Parking lots open.

7 a.m. – Spectator gates and Infield Fan Experience open. All Midway stages go live for Confluence Music Festival.

8 a.m. – Motor Racing Outreach non-denominational Sunday service (stage near Turn 4 tunnel).

9 a.m. -- Garage Guys Live (stage near Turn 4 tunnel).

9:30 a.m. -- Kenny Wallace Live! with John Roberts (Midway).

10 a.m. -- Track open to fan access.

10:30 a.m. -- Confluence main stage: Brittney Spencer.

11:15 a.m. -- Confluence main stage: Bailey Zimmerman.

12:30 p.m. -- Confluence main stage: Brothers Osborne.

1:50 p.m. – NASCAR drivers Red Carpet Walk.

1:55 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter driver introductions.

2:30 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter (240 laps, 300 miles).

6 p.m. -- Post-race Track Walk, fan access for concert (time approximate).

6:30 p.m. – Confluence main stage: Dierks Bentley.

7 p.m. – Infield Fan Experience closes.


Schedule subject to change.



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No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes

  • HAMLIN AT WWTR: Denny Hamlin started sixth and finished 34th in last year’s inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway. After finishing fourth in stage one, Hamlin had trouble early in the second stage that relegated him to a disappointing finish. In two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the track, Hamlin finished 11th and third and claimed the pole award in 2006.
  • CHARLOTTE RECAP: Hamlin finished 35th in Monday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After starting fourth, he rocketed to the lead on lap 14 before ultimately finishing sixth in stage one. Hamlin continued to battle inside the top 10 before a crash on lap 185 ended his race prematurely.
  • SPORT CLIPS: Sport Clips will be featured as the primary sponsor for Hamlin this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway. The sports-themed haircutting franchise based in Georgetown, Texas is a longtime supporter of Joe Gibbs Racing dating back to 2009 and has more than 1,850 stores in the United States and Canada.
  • JGR AT WWTR: Joe Gibbs Racing earned three top-10s finishes in last season’s inaugural race at World Wide Technology Raceway, including a runner-up result. The team combined to lead 108 of the race’s 245 laps.
  • TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s race at World Wide Technology Raceway begins Sunday, June 4, at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Denny Hamlin, Driver of the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota Camry TRD

Talk about going back to World Wide Technology Raceway this weekend…

“They did a really good job getting the track ready and having a great place for us to race last year, so I’m definitely looking forward to going back. It’s a great track and has different grooves to where you can work different lanes if you are trying to make a pass, especially in turns 1 and 2, so that makes it fun for the drivers just having the ability to move around.”


No. 20 Red Bird Farms Toyota GR Supra News and Notes

  • NEMECHEK AT PORTLAND: Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway will be John Hunter Nemechek’s first experience of any kind on the 1.967-mile road course.
  • NEMECHECK ON ROAD COURSES: Nemechek’s best finish in six career Xfinity Series starts on road courses is a seventh-place result at the Charlotte ROVAL in 2019. Earlier this season at Circuit of the Americas, Nemechek qualified sixth and was in position for a solid finish before contact from another car damaged Nemechek’s No. 20 Toyota GR Supra and forced him to make an unscheduled pit stop. The misfortune left him with a 27th-place finish. In 11 road course races in the Truck Series, Nemechek has one win (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2016), five top-five finishes, seven top-10s, and 37 laps led.
  • CHARLOTTE RECAP: The No. 20 team turned in another solid performance in Monday’s rain-delayed race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After qualifying second, Nemechek led 57 laps and finished runner-up in both stages before ultimately finishing second in the race.
  • FRONT RUNNER: According to loop data provided by NASCAR, Nemechek leads the Xfinity Series in laps led, average running position, driver rating, fastest laps run, fastest on restarts, and laps in the top 15. He also leads all full-time Xfinity Series drivers in average starting position (5.7) and average finishing position (8.1).
  • RED BIRD FARMS: Nemechek’s No. 20 Toyota GR Supra will feature Red Bird Farms as the primary sponsor this weekend in Portland. Red Bird Farms is a custom processor specializing in humanely raised with no antibiotics ever and vegetarian-fed chicken. The Englewood, Colorado-based organization is a family-owned and operated business that was established in 1949. For more information, visit
  • JGR AT PORTLAND: Ty Gibbs led Joe Gibbs Racing in the inaugural Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway last season. The 2022 series champion started sixth, led a race-high 42 laps and won a stage in last year’s race before finishing seventh.
  • TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


John Hunter Nemechek, Driver of the No. 20 Red Bird Farms Toyota GR Supra

What do you expect going to Portland for the first time this week?

“I really like road courses and the challenge they present. Portland is a little trickier because we don’t have a ton to work off of from just last year and that was mostly in the rain. Hopefully that will kind of offset some of my learning curve to the guys who raced here last year because they never really got laps in the dry. But, who knows, it could be rainy again this year and we’ll have to do our best to get up to speed. We’ve been doing a lot of work in the sim to prepare, so I feel pretty good from that standpoint. I know Ben (Beshore, crew chief) and my guys will bring a very fast Toyota GR Supra. We’re excited to have Red Bird Farms on board. It’s a great looking car and we want to put on a good show for everyone coming out to watch us this weekend.”


No. 19 Tree Top Toyota GR Supra News and Notes: 

  • SNIDER AT PORTLAND: Myatt Snider returns to the No.19 Tree Top Toyota GR Supra for his second start of the season at Portland International Raceway this weekend in the Pacific Office Automation 147. In his first career start at the track last year, Snider had one of the best runs of his NXS career as he wheeled his way from a 25th place starting position all the way up to the front where he led 19 laps, won a stage, and came home with a second-place finish.
  • PREVIOUSLY AT JGR: Snider made his JGR debut earlier this season at the season-opener in Daytona where he kicked off the year with a fifth-place finish.
  • GETTING UP TO SPEED: Despite running a part-time schedule this season, Snider is a familiar face in the NXS garage. As a full-time driver for the past three seasons, he has accumulated one win, five top-fives. 22 top-tens, and one pole in 100 starts.
  • FROM INTERN TO DRIVER: Snider’s relationship with JGR started all the way back in 2014 when he joined the team as a fabrication intern. From there, he continued to be a part of the JGR family as a mechanic. Snider spent a total of three years with the team and now watches his career come full circle as he gets behind the wheel for the same organization he once worked for.
  • ON THE PITBOX:Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff will oversee the No. 19 team and its driver rotation in 2023. Ratcliff is in year 18 under the JGR banner. He won the 2009 Xfinity Championship in tandem with Kyle Busch after an eight-win season. The championship-winning crew chief has 54 Xfinity wins across five different drivers, including current JGR NCS driver, Christopher Bell. He has 15 NCS wins as crew chief between two former JGR drivers – Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano.  
  • NO. 19 IN 2023: The JGR No. 19 will have a rotating schedule of drivers throughout the 2023 season. Drivers on the schedule as of Portland are Ty Gibbs, Connor Mosack, Ryan Truex, Joe Graf Jr, and Snider. With one win and six top-five finishes thus far, the group of drivers have carried the No. 19 Toyota GR Supra to seventh in the NXS owners’ points standings.
  • JGR AT PORTLAND: Joe Gibbs Racing entered three cars in the inaugural Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway last season. Ty Gibbs highlighted the team’s performance as he led a race-high 42 laps and won a stage in last year’s race before finishing seventh.
  • FOLLOW ALONG:Follow along for updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Myatt Snider’s 2023 season. 

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  • RACE INFO: Coverage of this weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.



Myatt Snider, Driver of the No. 19 Tree Top Toyota GR Supra


“You had a strong run at Portland last year. What are your expectations for this weekend as you return in Joe Gibbs Racing equipment?”

“You never know what to expect, honestly. Especially with a road course that’s so new to the schedule, you kind of have to prepare for every scenario. That said, the goal is to take our Tree Top GR Supra to victory lane on Saturday. I felt really comfortable here last summer and came really close to getting the job done then. This time around I feel great about how this track matches up with my skillset and I know we have a great group of guys who put this car together, so the sky is the limit for us going into this weekend.


NASCAR’s top three series will be in action, but they’ll be in different parts of the country.  The NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will be at World Wide Technology Raceway while the NASCAR Xfinity Series runs for the second straight year at Portland International Raceway.

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Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano will be going for his second straight victory at World Wide Technology Raceway after winning last year’s debut event in overtime.  Logano and Kyle Busch took turns crossing over each other for the lead on the final lap before the Team Penske driver made the decisive pass in turn four to claim his second win of the season.  The victory continued to expand Logano’s reputation for winning inaugural events, which includes the Bristol Dirt Race in 2021 and last year’s non-points Clash at the Coliseum.



The NASCAR XFINITY drivers will be returning to Portland International Raceway for the second straight year after hosting the series for the first time in 2022. Before that, the circuit hosted the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series twice more than 20 years ago. Former Ford driver Greg Biffle won the inaugural event in 1999 with owner Jack Roush while Andy Houston claimed the 2000 race.



The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will kick off the weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway with a Saturday afternoon race. Greg Biffle captured Ford’s first win at the facility in 1999 while Terry Cook followed that up three years later. The series has run at WWTR every year since 1998, except for a three-year period from 2011-2013.



Hailie Deegan registered a career-best seventh-place finish at WWTR in 2021, which is the best finish for a female at a track other than Daytona International Speedway in series history, while defending series champion Zane Smith has four career series starts and three top-10 finishes. As for Deegan’s ThorSport teammates, veteran Matt Crafton will be making his 20th start at the facility, posting 10 top-10 efforts along the way. Ben Rhodes has one pole and a runner-up finish in seven career starts. And Ty Majeski has one top-10 effort in three previous races.


Ford Performance PR

Before Kevin Harvick makes his final start at Atlanta Motor Speedway as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver, an historic car from the earliest days of his Cup career will play a big role to start the race.

The No. 29 Chevrolet Harvick drove to his first victory in an unforgettable race at AMS in 2001 will return to the speedway on July 9 to lead the NASCAR Cup Series field prior to the Quaker State 400 Available at Walmart. Richard Childress, who fielded the car and won a total of 23 NCS races as a car owner with Harvick from 2001-2013, will be behind the wheel of the historic ride for the commemorative laps.

“Kevin Harvick meant so much to RCR over the years and we want to congratulate him on a successful career in NASCAR,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “The No. 29 Chevrolet has a home at the RCR Museum in Welcome, North Carolina, but we know that this Chevy has history at Atlanta Motor Speedway and we’re looking forward to bringing it out to the track so that fans can see this historic car take one more lap around the track.”

Harvick’s storied Cup career began at Richard Childress Racing in 2001. Following the death of legendary driver Dale Earnhardt in that season’s Daytona 500, Harvick took over full-time driving duties for the team, now sporting a new number – 29 – and an inverted, predominantly white version of the late Earnhardt’s iconic black Chevrolet.

In just his third start, Harvick secured an emotional victory in a sensational finish at AMS. Just 0.006 seconds separated Harvick and 2nd place Jeff Gordon in what still stands as the closest finish in AMS history.

That same car will not only take laps around the 1.54-mile track, fans with a pre-race track pass will also have an opportunity to see the historic ride up close on pit road before it leads the field off the grid. It’s all part of a race weekend that will honor Harvick’s legendary career.

“As we celebrate NASCAR’s 75th anniversary and the rich history our speedway has within this sport, it only makes sense to recognize the accomplishments of a legend as he gets ready to retire,” said AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison. “Kevin Harvick is a champion who’s won just about everything you can in a stock car, including three races right here in Atlanta. Seeing the car from his first win back here one more time for his last race at AMS will be an unforgettable moment for both Harvick and his fans.”

Harvick has 60 NASCAR Cup Series wins in 23 seasons so far, including wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2001, 2018, and 2020. Those three wins lead all active drivers, as do his nine top-5s, 16 top-10s, and 1,360 laps led at the 1.54-mile track. The Quaker State 400 Available at Walmart on Sunday, July 9, will be Harvick’s 36th and final Cup Series start at the Georgia track before his retirement at season’s end.

Fans who want to see Harvick’s last ride at AMS can enhance their experience with the Kevin Harvick Ticket Package, which includes a ticket to Sunday night’s race, access to an exclusive Q&A with Harvick, and an included donation to the Kevin Harvick Foundation — all for $65. A pre-race track pass, which includes access to Harvick’s 2001 race-winning car plus stage-front access to driver introductions and Andy Grammer’s pre-race concert, are available for $75 for adults and $35 for kids 12 and under.

Tickets and camping for Harvick’s last ride at Atlanta Motor Speedway are available now at or by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX.


Ross Chastain will have a familiar look this weekend when the NASCAR Cup Series races at World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) near St. Louis.

The 2023 points leader will drive Trackhouse Racing's No. 1 Moose Fraternity Chevrolet - the paint scheme made famous at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in October when Chastain ran the final corner up against the wall at full speed in a successful last-ditch effort to qualify for the Championship 4.

The move became a viral sensation garnering over 225 million views and 1.2B impressions. The diecast from the "Hail Melon" at Martinsville, featuring the exact marks and scrapes the car finished the race with was the 2022 season's top selling diecast in NASCAR according to Lionel Racing.

Chastain also drove the Moose Fraternity paint scheme to victory lane at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April 2022 when held the wheel straight and avoided cars wrecking around him to earn his second career victory.


In last year's inaugural Cup race at WWTR, Chastain finished eighth in the Moose Chevy. He won the June 2019 Craftsman Truck Series race driving the No. 45 truck for Niece Motorsports.


Before arriving at the track this weekend, Chastain will visit Mooseheart, a residential child care facility in northern Illinois. While there, Chastain will attend the fifth and eighth grade promotion ceremony.


After qualifying on Saturday, Chastain will appear at Moose Lodge #1221, 2425 N. Illinois Street, Swansea, Illinois beginning at Noon CT.


Chastain remains first in the point standings going into WWTR. He's been at the top of the standings for four consecutive weeks, and the top two in points for 13 out of 14 point races this season.

He hopes he can keep the spot after this weekend and again when the Cup Series moves to Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway on Sunday, June 11, and Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway on Sunday, June 25, and the first-ever Chicago Street Course race on Sunday, July 2.


Fox Sports 1 will broadcast Sunday's race at 3:30 p.m. EDT.


2023 Point Standings



Ross Chastain, Driver of the No. 1 Moose Fraternity Chevrolet

World Wide Technology Raceway is a pretty new track on the Cup Series schedule, what do you think about going there?

“I obviously have good memories of racing at World Wide Technology Raceway since I won there back in 2019 in the Niece Motorsports truck. I enjoy going to the Midwest and its fun because its a fairly new market for the Cup Series. The fans are excited to have a race there and the track has all kinds of this planned for them with the concerts and things like that.”

What are you looking forward to about this weekend?

“Looks like it will be another really hot weekend just like it was last year. The track will be slick and I get the chance to drive the Moose Fraternity car again which always fun. Before the race weekend, I'm going to visit Mooseheart which is always an incredible time and then on Saturday I hope to meet quite a few Moose members and fans at the lodge in Illinois."



Chastain Notes

  • 2023 marks Chastain's third full-time Cup Series season. The Chevrolet driver's first Cup Series start occurred in 2017.
  • In 2022, Chastain won his first career Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on March 27 and his second at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on April 24.
  • The Chevrolet driver finished second in the season ending championship standings.
  • Voted 2022 National Motorsports Press Association's Driver of the Year.
  • Known for the "Hail Melon" move at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway that has garnered over 225 million views and 1.2B impressions.
  • Moose car from Martinsville topped all diecasts in sales for 2022.
  • Chastain owns 199 Xfinity Series starts with two wins (Las Vegas in Sept. 2018, and Daytona in July 2019), 23 top-five and 49 top-10 finishes. 
  • The Florida native has 106 Craftsman Truck Series starts with four wins, three earned in 2019, and one in 2022 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, 21 top-five and 47 top-10 finishes. 
  • Chastain joined Trackhouse Racing for the 2022 season after Chip Ganassi Racing was acquired last off season by Justin Marks.
  • Chastain has driven for Premium Motorsports, Spire Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing in the Cup Series before his first full-time season in 2021.

Trackhouse Racing PR

Bret Holmes Racing, Grindstaff Rub, and IBEW 309 announce an exciting new partnership highlighting the local organizations in St Louis, Missouri region.  
Bret Holmes Racing is proud to announce the collaboration with two new partners, both local to the St. Luis area,  for the race at World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) on June, 3. This partnership is the first between Holmes, Grindstaff Rub, and IBEW 309.   This race marks the first time IBEW 309 has participated in a racing partnership, however, they are familiar with Gateway as they have been fortunate to be able to complete work at the track.  Jim Grindtaff has been a longtime supporter of the Truck Series and is looking forward to bringing his Trifecta of Rubs and Sauces to the fans in the St. Luis area. 
“IBEW 309 is excited about this new partnership with Bret Holmes,” said Chris Hankins Business Manager IBEW 309.  “For over 120 years the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 309) has been protecting workers from unsafe working conditions and educating future workers through an apprenticeship program and eventually the electricity and electronics school.  We are excited to share the mission of IBEW with NASCAR Craftsman Truck fans and invite all workers belonging to our trade to come forward, join our ranks, and help increase our numbers until there shall be no one working at our trade outside of the brotherhood.”  Hankins continued “We are excited to watch Bret and the team wrangle World Wide Technology Raceway and wish them a successful race weekend!”
Jim Grindstaff is looking forward to a partnership with Bret Holmes Racing in 2023.  “I love racing and I love the Craftsman Truck Series,” Grindstaff said.  “The drivers are competitive and are all hungry for the next win, and Bret is right there in the thick of it with the rest of them. I am looking forward to an exciting race with Bret behind the wheel. 
The race at WWTR is circled on my calendar each year.  We have a lot of fun in the campground, meeting new people and introducing them to our products.  If you are camping at the track this weekend we will be sampling products and would love to see you.”
“I am really excited about Grindstaff Rub and IBEW 309 being on the truck this week at St Louis. Two new supporters coming on board will be very helpful to the team,” Holmes said.
“Our short track package has gotten very close to where we need to be.  At North Wilkesboro, we qualified well, matching our best qualifying effort of the season.  If we can get our race performance a little bit better I think we'll do well. I had the opportunity to race at WWTR a couple of times in the ARCA Series and had good finishes of 10th and 6th.  The truck is different from back then with the downshifting and upshifting and a more competitive field, but I think those past experiences will offer us a bit of a notebook to work from. St Louis is a good place to race, and I am happy to have both a local company and a local Union behind us.  I am looking forward to putting a good race together for them.”

Notes of Interest


●  This weekend marks the second NASCAR Cup Series race at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis. Almirola returns to the 1.25-mile oval with confidence after the No. 10 team ran inside the top-five for the majority of the inaugural race last year and brought home a solid fifth-place finish. In addition to the single Cup Series start, his three NASCAR Truck Series starts there add to his confidence, as well. In the 2006 Truck Series race, Almirola started 22nd and finished 10th, he started 15thand earned a solid fourth-place finish in 2009, and in 2010 he started 16th before leading 16 laps and finishing eighth.


●  The No. 10 Smithfield Ford team’s season has been a rollercoaster ride. It got off to a strong start during the first two outings of the season. Almirola won his heat race and started on the pole for the non-points Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Then, in the points-paying season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the 39-year-old veteran won his Duel qualifying race and led 16 laps of the Daytona 500 – the most laps he’s led at Daytona in 23 starts. Almirola and his team were mired by bad luck at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, Phoenix Raceway and Richmond (Va.) Raceway in subsequent races, unable to capitalize on newfound top-10 and top-five speed. He then led the field for a combined 28 laps during what were promising days at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, but a late-race accident ended Almirola’s day at Atlanta and he posted a 22nd-place finish at Talladega. His best outing of the early season came April 16 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where he qualified third, ran up front all race long and earned a sixth-place finish and 42 points in the driver standings. Almirola and the No. 10 team continued to show improvement in their speed at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, but the finishes have not been indicative of the potential top-10 runs they have had. The 39-year-old looks to capitalize this weekend at a track he feels confident about.


●  Driver Points: Almirola arrives at Charlotte 26th in the driver standings, 233 points out of first.


●  Almirola’s career: In 438 career NASCAR Cup Series starts, Almirola has three wins, 28 top-five finishes, 92 top-10s, four poles, and has led 1,018 laps.


●  Smithfield has been a sponsor of Almirola’s for the entirety of his fulltime NASCAR Cup Series career – making it one of the longest-lasting partnerships in NASCAR. Smithfield is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Its 63,000 team members are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly.®” Smithfield is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. The company has pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including its industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across its entire U.S. value chain by 2030. Smithfield believes in the power of protein to end food insecurity and has donated hundreds of millions of food servings to local communities.


●  Beyond the 10 YouTube Series: In 2023, Almirola is continuing to share his life beyond the No. 10 Ford with season five of his award-winning YouTube series. Fans and media can subscribe on YouTube to see Almirola’s personality on and off the track. Episodes have already featured life as a dad, a husband and an athlete, and the show gives fans a unique perspective on what goes on in the life of a professional NASCAR driver. Fans can also follow Almirola’s social media channels: @Aric_Almirola on Twitter and Instagram, and @AricAlmirola on Facebook. 


Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:


You had a solid race at Gateway last year. Do you look forward to heading back there this weekend?


“I’ve had this race circled on the calendar all year. I love the way this track races and we had a car fast enough to win it last year. Our cars have continued to show consistent speed over the past few weekends, too. If last year was any indication, I think you’re going to see Stewart-Haas up front as we saw in Martinsville – hopefully dominating the race again, which is where we belong. We just have to have a clean day on pit road and I have to do my part.”


It seems qualifying is more important than ever. Do you find that to be the case?


“Qualifying is more important than ever. Unfortunately, we have had a few races like Dover and Charlotte, where qualifying gets rained out and I have to start somewhere around 20th with the metrics system. It’s important to qualify well with these cars because it’s so hard to pass and, if you can hold your position up front in the first two stages, you have a chance to earn stage points and ultimately a shot at the win at the end. Our finishes don’t show how well we have run this year because we’ve had to come from the back a lot. Last weekend, we fell like a rock in the first stage and then we were back up to eighth place in the third stage, so I hope we get to qualify this weekend so we can get up front and stay there like we did at Martinsville.”



Race Information

Round: NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series race No. 12 of 23

Track Location: World Wide Technology Raceway - Madison, Illinois

Race Name: Toyota 200

- Broadcast: Saturday, June 3rd at 1:30 PM ET live on FS1 (TV), MRN (Radio), and Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90

Team Entrants:

Grant Enfinger, No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Silverado RST


World Wide Technology Raceway Stats

- NCTS Starts: 6; Poles: 1 (2018); Best finish: 5th (2017); Top 5s: 1; Top 10s: 3; Laps led: 92

2023 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Season Stats

- Starts: 11; Wins: 1 (Kansas I); Best start: 2nd; Top 5s: 4; Top 10s: 6; Laps led: 68; Current points position: 4th


- About Champion Power Equipment: Since 2003, Champion Power Equipment has earned a reputation for designing and producing the market’s finest power equipment. From our original headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California, Champion has expanded its North American footprint to include facilities in Jackson, Tennessee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Toronto Canada. Today, Champion’s product line has expanded to include portable generators, home standby generators, inverter generators, engines, winches and log splitters. With over 2.5 million generators sold in North America, Champion is a market leader in the power equipment field. Visit for more information.

Chassis History/Info: Enfinger and the No. 23 team will compete with GMS Racing chassis no. 329 at Gateway. This chassis has one win in 10 starts, which came in last year's visit to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. Its lone start at WWT Raceway in 2021 being driven by Tyler Ankrum resulted in a crash, but its most recent race at North Wilkesboro Speedway was a 10th place result just a couple of races ago.

- The Trip Rolls On: St. Louis will host the second leg of the 2023 running of the prestigious NASCAR Triple Truck Challenge. Since the program's inception in 2019, GMS Racing drivers have delivered the most wins of any organization with victories from Brett Moffitt (Iowa, 2019), Sheldon Creed (Daytona, 2020; Gateway, 2020; Darlington, 2021), and Zane Smith (Dover, 2020). This year, the three tracks on the schedule for "The Trip" include Charlotte Motor Speedway, World Wide Technology Raceway, and Nashville Superspeedway.

#FearTheFinger Playoffs Profile: There are only five races remaining in the regular season for the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series, and Grant Enfinger is continuing to place an emphasis on consistency. Grant's win at Kansas effectively has locked him into the post-season fight, and he currently has five playoffs points in his tally. A fifth place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway kept him scored fourth in the drivers' points standings, and he is now only 20 points behind Zane Smith in third and 63 markers behind from overall leader, Corey Heim.

GE Appearances: Fans attending the race will have an opportunity to meet Grant Enfinger on race day at WWT Raceway:

  • Saturday, June 3rd | NCTS Autograph Session: All three GMS Racing drivers will head to the Infield Tent in the Enterprise Fan Zone to sign autographs from 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM local time. Be sure to get there early and meet some of your favorite drivers!

From The Drivers Seat: What are your thoughts on returning to World Wide Technology Raceway given your strong runs there in the past?


“I enjoy running at WWT Raceway because it’s a little different style track.  It has some intermediate and some short track tendencies.  Heading into the last half of the season, the No. 23 team is more determined than ever to be a contender for more wins this year. The team has been putting in the work, and I feel our organization has shown more speed through the last four races.  I am confident that we will return to WWTR strong, and will continue to push ourselves to get back to victory lane.”


Rajah Caruth, No. 24 Born Driven Chevrolet Silverado RST


World Wide Technology Raceway Stats

- NCTS Starts: 1; Best start: 19th; Best finish: 11th (2022)

2023 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Season Stats

- Starts: 11; Best start: 4th; Best finish: 6th (Darlington); Top 10s: 1; Current points position: 17th


- About the Wendell Scott Foundation: Founded in 2011, The Wendell Scott Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization inspired by Wendell Scott, Sr. and provides services such as job-skill training, STEM education opportunities, mentoring, and other supportive services to at-risk, underserved youth between the ages of 8-18 years in Danville, Virginia and surrounding areas.

The Foundation's mission of using educational attainment to end racial disparities in education and health is vital in addressing economic inequality and improving future success in African-American communities. For more information, please visit

- Born Driven: In a partnership with the Wendell Scott Foundation, Rajah's No. 24 Chevrolet will have a new look in this weekend's race at World Wide Technology Raceway, sporting a paint scheme inspired by the release of their new children's book. Born Driven is based on the true story of the first African-American NASCAR Driver and Team Owner, Wendell Scott. The book follows Scott as a young boy facing the challenges of growing up in the South trying to chase his dream of becoming a professional race car driver. The uplifting story will teach children how having the persistence and willingness to make a difference can overcome seemingly impossible feats. The book is available for pre-orders at major book retailers such as Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, Simon & Schuster, and more.

- Chassis History/Info: Rajah Caruth and the No. 24 team will compete with GMS Racing chassis no. 325 at World Wide Technology Raceway. This chassis was most recently driven at this same track a year ago with Grant Enfinger as its driver, where it was involved in a crash that resulted in a 28th place finish. Zane Smith won with this truck at Martinsville Speedway in 2021, and he also raced it at Gateway that season as well, leading 19 laps before a rear gear issue took him out of contention.

Runway to Raceway: On Thursday, Rajah Caruth will join Neiman Marcus as a featured guest of the inaugural Runway to Raceway fashion event taking place at their Frontenac Plaza location in St. Louis County to celebrate NASCAR’s return to World Wide Technology Raceway. The free event includes a cocktail reception, exotic cars, music, passed hors d’oeuvres and modeling of the season’s most fashion forward designers as guests mingle and shop throughout the store. The event is open to the public but does require a reservation in advance. To register, guests should email

- Sunoco Rookie Battle: Caruth's 11th place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway, in addition to his seven bonus points scored in stage one, was the third-highest result of the rookie drivers. Rajah remains in third for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points standings, 70 points behind Nick Sanchez in first and 33 points behind Jake Garcia in second place.

RC Appearances: Fans attending the race will have an opportunity to meet Rajah Caruth on race day at WWT Raceway:

  • Saturday, June 3rd | NCTS Autograph Session: All three GMS Racing drivers will head to the Infield Tent in the Enterprise Fan Zone to sign autographs from 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM local time. Be sure to get there early and meet some of your favorite drivers!
  • Friday, June 2nd - Sunday, June 4th | Show Truck Appearance: Rajah's No. 24 Wendell Scott Foundation Chevrolet show truck will be present all weekend in the World Wide Technology Raceway fan zone, where attendees can have their photos taken with it!

- From The Driver's Seat: Rajah's thoughts on this weekend in Gateway:

"I feel really good about heading back to World Wide Technology Raceway this weekend. This is the track that I made my NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series debut at last year, and ran inside the top-10 for a good portion of the day. We had a speeding penalty and some other stuff happen, but my team and I were still able to rebound for an 11th-place finish that day. I feel really good to go back to a place that I've raced at in a truck before. Additionally to have the support of the Wendell Scott Foundation and promote their new book, Born Driven, on our truck this weekend is really a blessing especially with having the Scott Family there. We are in the back yard of the Steward family, and I have been very appreciative of all they have done for my career as well.

I feel extremely confident about our chances to run well throughout the weekend in practice, qualifying, and the race. We continue to look at building upon our momentum with a good result for Maury Gallagher, Mike Beam, Ron Booth, Chevrolet, our body hangers, everybody at GMS Fabrication, Butlerbuilt Seats, Alpinestars, and Competition Cleaning. I'm very excited."


Daniel Dye, No. 43 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline / Chevrolet Silverado RST


World Wide Technology Raceway Stats

- Daniel Dye will make his first ever start at World Wide Technology Raceway on Saturday.

2023 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Season Stats

- Starts: 11; Best start: 10th; Best finish: 13th (Kansas I); Laps led: 5; Current points position: 19th


- About 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a leader in suicide prevention and mental health crisis care. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention for all, including innovative public messaging, best practices in mental health, and groundbreaking partnerships.

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Vibrant Emotional Health launched the Lifeline on January 1, 2005. Vibrant Emotional Health, the administrator of the grant, works with its partners, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), National Council for Behavioral Health, and others, to manage the project, along with Living Works, Inc., an internationally respected organization specializing in suicide intervention skills training.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline has been independently evaluated since its inception by an investigation team from Columbia University’s Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene. The Lifeline receives ongoing consultation and guidance from national and international researchers and experts focused on suicide prevention and crisis response.

- Chassis History/Info: Dye and the No. 43 team will compete with GMS Racing chassis no. 330 in St. Louis. Although this truck hasn't been raced at Gateway before, it has been driven to one win before with Zane Smith at Dover Motor Speedway. Daniel has competed with this chassis twice this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he finished 16th, and later at Texas Motor Speedway, where he finished 25th.

- Sunoco Rookie Battle: Daniel's 19th place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the fifth-highest finish of the drivers that make up the current rookie class. In the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points standings, Dye runs fourth, 89 points behind leading candidate Nick Sanchez and 19 points behind his teammate, Rajah Caruth, in third.

DD Appearances: Fans attending the race will have an opportunity to meet Daniel Dye on race day at WWT Raceway:

  • Saturday, June 3rd | NCTS Autograph Session: All three GMS Racing drivers will head to the Infield Tent in the Enterprise Fan Zone to sign autographs from 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM local time. Be sure to get there early and meet some of your favorite drivers!

- From the Driver's Seat: You've never raced at Gateway before, but are there any tracks that you have raced at before that seem similar?

“I’m looking forward to getting to a new track that’s similar to some of the tracks that I’ve been to before. I like to think that Gateway is pretty similar to Milwaukee, which I’ve raced at a couple of times in the ARCA Menards Series for GMS Racing. It’s going to be good to get to a track that has a little bit of a short track feel, but where still aerodynamics are still important. I’m happy to get our No. 43 Chevrolet out onto the racetrack for our first race with them as a partner of ours!”

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