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Carson Hocevar - Toyota 200 Race Advance
Charlotte Recap: Last Friday, the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series hit the track for the NC Education Lottery 200 in Charlotte. From his 12th-place starting position, Hocevar quickly made his way into the top-five and up to second before Stage One ended. In the second stage, Hocevar took the lead on Lap 45 and maintained that position until the end of Stage Two. In the end, the No. 42 finished fourth after battling a tight-handling truck in the final stint of the race.
Hocevar on Last Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway: “Again, a Charlotte race seemed to slip away from us. We were so fast all night, and led 43 laps to show that. But, I’m so proud of this Worldwide Express team for getting another top-five and helping rebound in points.”
Hocevar at World Wide Technology Raceway: In three starts at Gateway, Carson Hocevar has a best-finish of eighth. His worst-finish of 24th came last year after he was collected in an incident on a green-white-checkered finish.
Hocevar on Saturday’s Race at World Wide Technology Raceway: “Gateway is an interesting track because the two ends couldn’t be any more different. Last time we came here, I was on crutches for the next couple months. But, I’m looking forward to getting back to the track and continuing our climb in the point standings.”
Climbing the Point Standings: Heading into Darlington Raceway in early May, Hocevar was 16th in the driver point standings. Three races later, Hocevar sits in eighth-place with two stage wins and a race victory to his credit. His climb up the standings is powered by three-straight top-five finishes and stage points in each of the last six stages.
On the Truck: Hocevar’s No. 42 Worldwide Express Chevrolet Silverado will race with support from the WWEX group of brands, which comprises Worldwide Express, Unishippers and GlobalTranz, and offers full-service logistics expertise to more than 115,000 customers across the country.
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Lawless Alan - Toyota 200 Race Advance
Charlotte Recap: Lawless Alan started the NC Education Lottery 200 in 16th, his best qualifying effort of the season. Alan’s Silverado was stronger on the long run, falling back slightly on the shorter runs. In the end, Alan finished 17th for the third time this season.
Alan on Last Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway: “It’s always fun to race in Charlotte because it’s the closest race for most of the teams. I think it was the most complete intermediate race this season, and it gives us something to build on moving forward.
Alan at World Wide Technology Raceway: In one start at the 1.25-mile track, Alan finished 18th after starting 24th.
Alan on Saturday’s Race at World Wide Technology Raceway: “With only one start at the track it’s difficult to predict what’s going to happen in the race. But, I was happy with our run last year, so I’m hoping we can carry momentum in Gateway and collect another decent finish.”
On the Truck: The No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado will sport the AUTOParkit colors this weekend. AUTOParkit™ designs, manufactures, and constructs fully automated parking systems for new and existing buildings. AUTOParkit system structural steel and modular design can provide double the capacity of a traditional parking garage, providing up to 17 LEED points and drastically reducing construction time.
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Bayley Currey - Toyota 200 Race Advance
The No. 41 Truck Last Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway: After qualifying eighth in his second race of the season, Bayley Currey brought home a 13th-place finish at Charlotte. Currey kept his No. 41 Unishippers Silverado inside the top-15 for most of the night. His 13th-place finish on Friday was enough to move the No. 41 up to 14th in the owner’s championship standings.
Currey on Last Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway: “It was great to return to Charlotte and drive one of these Niece Motorsports Silverados last week. I was able to continue building on my confidence throughout the race and felt good at the end; just couldn’t get a long-run in the final stage until the final one. I’m thankful to be able to drive this Unishippers Silverado and I’m looking forward to seeing how we stack up in Gateway.”
Currey at World Wide Technology Raceway: Saturday’s Toyota 200 will mark Bayley Currey’s first start at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Currey on Saturday’s Race at World Wide Technology Raceway: “I’ve never raced a truck in Gateway before so I’m excited to get there. It’s a tricky track, so I think practice on Friday will be very important not just for us, but everyone.”
On the Truck: Currey’s No. 41 Unishippers Chevrolet Silverado will race with support from the WWEX group of brands, which comprises Worldwide Express, Unishippers and GlobalTranz, and offers full-service logistics expertise to more than 115,000 customers across the country.
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Rick Ware Racing, in partnership with Standout Management Group (SMG) and NASCAR driver Gray Gaulding, announced today the return of primary sponsor Panini America, the Official Trading Card partner of NASCAR. Gray will be debuting the No. 15 Panini America NFT Ford Mustang at World Wide Technology Raceway this weekend
Gaulding, 25, returns to the NASCAR Cup Series for his 60th NCS start and his 11th with Rick Ware Racing. Since 2014, Gaulding has 158 overall NASCAR starts throughout its top-three series.
“Ever since we started working with Gray and his family he has been more than just a brand ambassador for us, he’s been more like a member of the family,” said Jason Howarth, Panini America, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Acquisitions. “Gray has been a huge part of our growth in the NASCAR trading card space, and we’re excited to team up with him and Rick Ware Racing one more time.”
“Personally, today is an exciting career day for me with this opportunity to return to the NASCAR Cup Series along with our sponsor Panini America, and with a team that wants to excel like Rick Ware Racing,” said Gray Gaulding. “Jason and Rick have both believed in my ability as a brand ambassador and driver, I do not plan to disappoint them. Since we ranthe first Panini NCS car in 2020, I know the timing is right to reunite and I am really looking forward to this race.”
For RWR, this is not only a reunion with Gaulding as the driver, but with Panini America as the primary partner.
“It will be good to have Gray race with us again,” said Rick Ware, team owner. “He has driven for us previously and we’ve been making overall improvements to the team since then. It’s also great to have Panini America as his primary partner again, too. Like us, they have been growing their company in some major areas and we’re planning to have a great race with them.”
Goodyear Fast Facts -- Gateway / Portland
NASCAR Cup Series -- Race No. 15 – 240 laps / 300 miles
World Wide Technology Raceway (1.25-mile oval) – Madison, Ill.
Fast Facts for June 3-4, 2023
Tire: Goodyear Eagle 18-inch Speedway Radials
Set limits: Cup: 1 set for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 10 sets for the race
(9 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying)
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-5124; Right-side -- D-5126
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 2,251 mm (88.62 in.); Right-side -- 2,276 mm (89.61 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 14 psi; Left Rear -- 14 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 26 psi
Storyline – Cup teams have a lot of experience on Gateway tire set-up: As the NASCAR Cup Series traverses the country visiting different race tracks, consistency in the Goodyear tire set-ups helps teams tune their car set-ups in varying conditions. The tire combination teams will run at World Wide Technology Raceway is a popular one, having been run in six races at four tracks in 2022, including at the suburban St. Louis facility. Cup teams have also already run this set-up three times in 2023 – at Phoenix Raceway, Richmond Raceway and North Wilkesboro Speedway.
“The tire set-up we’ll run at Gateway this weekend is one of the more tried-and-true in our tire lineup,” said Greg Stucker. “Since going to the 18-inch bead diameter tire at the beginning of last season, we’ve run this set-up at this group of tracks, including Gateway. The ability for teams to have that consistency in the tire is important to them being able to build a notebook and hone in on their car set-ups. Not only are they able to arrive at the track closer to where they want to be so they can take advantage of their practice time, they also know how the tire will react to other tuning tools.”
Notes – Cup teams to run Phoenix/Richmond/North Wilkesboro tire set-up at Gateway: Being on an 18-inch bead diameter tire, NASCAR Cup teams will run a different tire set-up than those in the Craftsman Truck Series at Gateway this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Cup teams ran at Gateway last season, as well as at Loudon, Phoenix and Richmond . . . these teams have already run this same tire set-up at Phoenix, Richmond and North Wilkesboro in 2023 . . . with this 18-inch tire, and its lower profile sidewall, NASCAR Cup cars will not run inner liners in any of their tires.
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NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series -- Race No. 12 -- 160 laps / 200 miles
World Wide Technology Raceway (1.25-mile oval) – Madison, Ill.
Fast Facts for June 2-3, 2023
Tire: Goodyear Eagle 15-inch Speedway Radials
Set limits: Truck: 5 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6114; Right-side -- D-6116
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 2,218 mm (87.32 in.); Right-side -- 2,244 mm (88.35 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 14 psi; Left Rear -- 14 psi;
Right Front -- 31 psi; Right Rear -- 28 psi
Notes – Trucks on popular tire set-up at Gateway: Being on 15-inch bead diameter tires, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams will run a different tire set-up than those in the Cup Series at Gateway this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Truck teams ran at Gateway last season . . . this is also the same tire set-up these teams ran at North Wilkesboro two weeks ago, and are scheduled to run at Richmond, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Milwaukee and Phoenix later this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, Truck teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Gateway . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
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GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
NASCAR Xfinity Series – Race No. 13 – 75 laps / 147.5 miles
Portland International Raceway (1.967-mile road course) – Portland, Ore.
Fast Facts for June 2-3, 2023
Tire: Goodyear Eagle 15-inch Road Course Radials
Set limits: 5 sets for the event
Tire Code: D-6122 (same on all four tire positions)
Tire Circumference: 2,240 mm (88.19 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi
Notes – Xfinity teams on standard road course tire at Portland: NASCAR Xfinity Series teams will run the same tire on all four corners of the car at Portland . . . this is the same tire Xfinity teams ran on all their road courses in 2022, as well as at their first road course race of this season at COTA . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Portland.
Wet Weather Tires – White-lettered tires on hand: Goodyear will bring its 15-inch wet weather radials to Portland for use by Xfinity Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . teams will have 5 sets of wets available for the event, with a maximum of 4 sets for the race . . . Xfinity last ran in wet conditions at Portland in 2022 . . . in addition to the obvious difference of a tread pattern versus Goodyear’s dry weather “slick” tires, the “Goodyear” and “Eagle” lettering on the sidewalls of the wet weather tires is white, not the standard yellow.
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HaasTooling.com Racing: Ryan Preece St. Louis Advance
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. Sunday’s Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter marks Ryan Preece’s first career start at the 1.25-mile, egg-shaped oval.
● Last weekend, as part of #NASCARSalutes and the annual 600 Miles of Remembrance initiative during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, the team honored Sergeant Bradley J. Harper of the United States Marine Corps Reserve on the windshield of the red, white, and blue No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). Practice and qualifying were canceled due to weather and the lineup was set per the NASCAR rule book putting Preece 22nd on the starting grid. Mother Nature didn’t let up on Sunday and the race was postponed until Monday. Preece finished 27th in Stage 1 and the team went to work making adjustments to help with rear grip. Preece rallied for an 18th-place finish in Stage 2, then dropped a pair of positions and finished 20th in Stage 3. In the final stage, Preece continued to fight despite multiple, untimely cautions and ended took the checkered flag in 13th place.
● Through the first third of the Cup Series season, Preece has shown improvement and consistency at a variety of racetracks, bringing a heightened sense of motivation and anticipation for the No. 41 team. He had a career weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in April, earning his first Cup Series pole and leading a career-high 135 laps. Since then, although the results haven’t shown it, Preece has started coming into his own.
● In 14 points-paying events so far this season, Preece has four top-15 finishes, two of them coming in the last two points-paying races at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and Charlotte.
● Preece heads to Gateway International Raceway 28th in the driver standings with 225 points.
● Preece kicked off the 2023 season with a strong showing in the non-points Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, leading a race-high 43 laps but ultimately finishing seventh after a fuel pump issue. He has a best points-paying finish of 12th this season, which came at Phoenix Raceway in March.
● Back again in 2023 on the No. 41 SHR Ford Mustang is HaasTooling.com. HaasTooling.com is the cutting tool division of Haas Automation led by SHR co-owner Gene Haas. HaasTooling.com was launched as a way for CNC machinists to purchase high-quality cutting tools at great prices. Haas cutting tools are sold exclusively online at HaasTooling.com and shipped directly to end users. HaasTooling.com products became available nationally in July 2020. Haas Automation, founded in 1983, is America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. The company manufactures a complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers, rotaries and indexers, and automation solutions.
● RaceChoice.com, a proud partner of Preece, has launched a special racing experience giveaway for fans. The winner will receive airfare and a two-night stay during Coke Zero 400 weekend at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. RaceChoice.com will also give the winners two pit passes for the race, set for Saturday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. ET, preceded by a meet-and-greet with Preece, driver of the No. 41 SHR Ford Mustang. Visit https://racechoice.com/
Ryan Preece, Driver of the No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
You finally got the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in on Monday afternoon, and you were able to salvage a 13th-place finish. Do you feel that gives the team some momentum heading to St. Louis?
“Yeah, I think it definitely does. Any time we’re getting finishes in the top-15 after having a handful of finishes outside of the top-20, I think it boosts the morale on the team. We know what finishes we’re capable of and I think everything is slowly coming together. As far as the 600, man, what a night that was. The weather was wild all weekend, so I’m glad we got it in. Our team battled all night long. Some of those cautions just did not work in our favor at all, but I knew we had a good car. We just needed track position and clean air and I knew we could be up front. We made some really strong adjustments throughout the entire race and my crew was on it every time I came to pit road. I believe we had a top-10 car. But after a day like that, I’ll take 13th and our team will use that momentum to try and gain some more spots this weekend in St. Louis.”
You’ve never raced at Gateway. What are your thoughts on the track, and how are you preparing?
“I think Gateway is kind of its own beast, but I do think there are some similarities to other flat ovals that we visit. You know, New Hampshire and Phoenix are two that come to mind. Obviously, New Hampshire is home, so I’ve got a lot of experience there, and Phoenix is where I got my best finish of the season so far, so hopefully that translates to this weekend, too. Both ends of the track are so different at Gateway, but I’ve been taking notes and talking to Chad (Johnston, crew chief) and my teammates about it. We’ll be good to go, and hopefully we’ll unload fast and qualify up front so we can start the race up there and stay there. That’s our goal.”
NASCAR Championship Weekend Returning to Phoenix Raceway in 2024
obody creates a championship atmosphere better than Phoenix Raceway’s fans. Just ask NASCAR, which announced today that Phoenix Raceway will continue as host of NASCAR Championship Weekend in 2024.
Four champions will be crowned over three days, Nov. 1-3, 2024, as the best drivers from the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series West will compete for season supremacy in The Valley.
“This honor is a testament to our fans whose overwhelming support makes this a true championship-caliber venue,” said Phoenix Raceway President Latasha Causey. “They pack the grandstands, fill the hillside and create the best camping experience in all of NASCAR inside our breathtaking GEICO Gecko Campground. Now the onus is on us to exceed the already high standards we’ve set to continue building on this momentum and keep them coming back.”
The NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race completely sold out at Phoenix Raceway in 2021 and 2022, and only a limited number of seats remain for the 2023 NASCAR Championship Weekend at Phoenix Raceway, Nov. 3-5. The weekend begins Friday, Nov. 3, with a championship doubleheader that includes the ARCA Menards Series West and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series championship races. On Saturday, Nov. 4, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race caps a day that also includes NASCAR Cup Series qualifying.
And then on Sunday, Nov. 5, the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race will once again tie a bow on one of the most exciting NASCAR seasons on record. Drivers will battle side by side for the coveted Bill France Cup in the fourth-consecutive NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race contested at Phoenix Raceway.
Fans can secure their seats and experiences for this year’s NASCAR Championship Weekend now by visiting www.PhoenixRaceway.com.
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Camden Gullie’s Fortunes Are Looking Up as South Boston Speedway’s 2023 Season Starts to Close In on the Halfway Point
Things are beginning to look up for Camden Gullie.
After a string of races in which he was plagued by mechanical issues and bad luck, Gullie rebounded to post sixth-place finishes in twin races in South Boston Speedway’s most recent event on May 13. That serves as a hopeful sign that Gullie is on the cusp of seeing his fortunes turn around on a positive note.
“Overall, we’re making progress,” Gullie pointed out. “I don’t think it’s showing right now because of the bad luck we’ve been having. We’ve had some bad luck with the front crankshaft seal coming out. That, and some things just have not gone our way.”
The early portion of the 2023 season has not been particularly kind to the young Durham, North Carolina resident. Gullie has posted one Top-5 finish and six Top-10 finishes in his eight starts in the Sentara Health Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway. He sits in fifth place in the division point standings entering the twin-75 lap Late Model races that will highlight the Bojangles Night Race event on Saturday night, June 3 at South Boston Speedway.
While he is behind in his marks from the two previous seasons, Gullie remains optimistic and continues to have high hopes for a successful season.
“It’s all about getting into a rhythm,” Gullie said. “This track changes a lot. It’s different every time we come here. Success is about hitting the nail on the head and finding the right (chassis) setup for that particular night. We’re just trying to find that right amount of stability all around. It comes down to a little bit of luck and skill.”
Gullie says it is tough to win races at South Boston Speedway because the best Late Model drivers in the business compete at South Boston Speedway each week.
“To win here says a lot about you and your team,” Gullie remarked. “It takes a lot to win here. You’ve just got to keep digging at it week-in and week-out and try to find something most competitors can’t find and try to be a little quicker than them.
“Personally, I love racing against the best competition,” he added. “You want to race against the best competition so that you can challenge yourself and make yourself a better driver. You don’t want to go race at a track where there is no one there so that you win. You don’t get better doing that.”
Warmer temperatures are predicted for this coming weekend and the approaching summer could mean good things for Gullie and his team. Over the course of the past two seasons, the majority of Gullie’s better finishes have come during the hot summer months.
“Last year the warmer weather did help us,” Gullie said. “Early in the year we ran fourth, fifth or sixth, and later in the season we started running a little better. Maybe that will happen again this year.”
This season is Gullie’s third straight season of racing in the Sentara Health Late Model Stock Car Division. His goal for this season is to win at least one race and finish in the top three in the final point standings.
“I really want to win a race up here,” Gullie remarked. “I haven’t won a Late Model race yet so to get our first win here would be huge. I’d love to win the championship here at South Boston. Peyton Sellers is kind of the top dog here so it’s hard. It’s going to take a lot to take the championship away from him. To come away with another Top-3 in points this season would be good for us.”
South Boston Speedway’s division championship battles will resume in the June 3 Bojangles Night Race. Six-time South Boston Speedway Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Carter Langley of Zebulon, North Carolina are separated by only one point entering this weekend’s twin 75-lap Sentara Health Late Model Stock Car Division races. Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina sits in third place, 20 points behind Sellers.
Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia leads Carter Russo of Rougemont, North Carolina and Ronnie Jones of Kenly, North Carolina by 13 points in Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division. The remaining two drivers in the top five are within 20 points of the leader.
Johnny Layne of Halifax, Virginia holds a narrow two-point lead over Zach Reaves of Danville, Virginia in the Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division point standings. Only 18 points separate the sixth-place driver in the standings from the division leader.
In the Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division, Dillon Davis of Nathalie, Virginia leads Steven Layne of Halifax, Virginia by a slim three-point margin. Only 17 points stand between Davis and the seventh-place driver in the standings.
The Saturday, June 3 Bojangles Night Race event at South Boston Speedway includes six races with twin 75-lap races for the Sentara Health Late Model Stock Car Division as the feature races.
A 50-lap race for the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division, twin 15-lap races for the Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division, and a 20-lap race for the Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division will round out the night’s racing action.
Registration and pit gates will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Frontstretch spectator gates will open at 3:20 p.m. and practice will start at 3:30 p.m. Backstretch spectator and tailgate section gates will open at 5:30 P.M. Qualifying starts at 6 p.m. and the first race will get the green flag at 7 p.m.
Advance adult general admission tickets for the Saturday, June 3 Bojangles Night Race event are priced at $12 each and may be purchased online on South Boston Speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, or by calling the speedway office at 434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.
Tickets at the gate on race day will be $15 each. Seniors ages 65 and older, military, healthcare workers, and students (with ID) can purchase tickets for $12 each at the gate on race day.
Fans and competitors can find the latest news and updates from South Boston Speedway on the speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, on the track’s social media channels, and by phoning the speedway at 1-434-572-4947 or toll free 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.
RFK Advance | Gateway
Gateway Event Info:
Track Info: World Wide Technology Raceway, 1.25-mile oval
Date: Sunday, June 4
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Series: NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Location: Madison, Illinois
Format: 240 laps, 300 miles, Stages: 45-95-100
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90)
Saturday: 10 a.m. ET, Practice (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Saturday: 10:45 a.m. ET, Qualifying (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Sunday: 3:30 p.m. ET, Race (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
- The NASCAR Cup Series heads to WWTR for just the second time after the inaugural Cup Series event there a year ago.
- Jack Roush has five wins at Gateway (4 Xfinity, 1 Truck), while Brad Keselowski is in line for a milestone start this weekend, and Chris Buescher makes his first-ever appearance at the 1.25-mile oval.
6 Team Info:
Crew Chief: Matt McCall
Partner: King’s Hawaiian
- The No. 6 car will feature branding from Casey’s General Store this weekend as King’s Hawaiian and Casey’s promote the new BBQ Brisket Sandwich. Casey’s serves communities across 16 states in more than 2,400 store locations.
- Crew chief Matt McCall, in his second year with RFK and Keselowski in 2023, will be atop the box for his 300th NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend. McCall has been full-time in the NCS since 2015 and has worked with Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch and now Keselowski in that span.
17 Team Info:
Crew Chief: Scott Graves
Keselowski at Gateway
- Keselowski makes his second Cup start at Gateway after finishing 20th there a year ago in the Cup Series’ debut at the track.
- The 2012 Cup Champion also makes his 500th start in the Cup Series on Sunday. He will join a list of 45 other drivers to have eclipsed the 500-start mark, and becomes the sixth active driver to reach the feat joining Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano.
- Keselowski made five Xfinity Series starts at Gateway from 2007-10 as he earned the last NXS win there in 2010. Overall he finished top-10 in three Xfinity races with three races in the No. 88, and the final two in the No. 22.
- Keselowski also made three Truck starts at WWTR with a P2 finish in his last start in 2010.
Buescher at Gateway
- Buescher is in line for his first-ever start at WWTR this weekend in any series.
- He missed last season’s inaugural Cup race at Gateway after being sidelined for COVID-19.
- Zane Smith filled in the No. 17 and made his Cup debut, finishing 17th in the race.
RFK Historically at Gateway
Overall Wins: 5 (Greg Biffle, 1999, 2002; Carl Edwards, 2006, 2008, 2010)
- Biffle One of the First to Win at Gateway: Greg Biffle established himself as a winner early in the days of NASCAR visiting Gateway, winning his second-ever truck race there in 1999. He led 30 laps in the No. 50 machine after starting fifth for one of his 17 truck wins all-time, and one of nine on that season.
- Edwards 3x Winner in Illinois: Carl Edwards went to victory lane on three occasions at Gateway, all two years apart beginning in 2006. He led 26 laps in the 2006 race, then went on to lead 79 laps in 2008. He went on to win again in 2010 after starting eighth, capping off his trifecta at the 1.25-mile track.
- Tale of the Tape: RFK has 49 starts at Gateway across the Xfinity and Truck Series, tallying five combined wins with 28 total top-10s. Four of those victories came in the Xfinity Series from 2002-2010, with the lone Truck win coming in 1999.
RFK Gateway Wins
1999 Biffle Trucks
2002 Biffle Xfinity
2006 Edwards Xfinity
2008 Edwards Xfinity
2010 Edwards Xfinity
Last Time Out & Where They Stand
Charlotte: Chris Buescher won stage two and was in prime position for the finish before getting hit on pit road Sunday in the Coke 600. He ultimately came back from that to finish eighth for his sixth top-10 of 2023. Keselowski endured similar unfortunate luck on a couple of different occasions, ultimately finishing 19th after a promising start.
Points Standings (6: 9th, 17: 12th): Keselowski remains ninth in points entering the weekend in Illinois as positions 8-11 are separated by 23 points. Buescher jumped up a spot and is 12th with 20 points surrounding drivers 11-14.
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