Gateway Motorsports Park Preview

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Preview:

Home Track Advantage:  Tyler Reddick  Reddick is a native of Corning, California but considers Gateway (Madison, Ill.) Motorsports Park his “home” track after growing up in nearby Du Quoin, Ill., just 90 minutes from the speedway.  Reddick (@TylerReddick) enters the Drivin’ For Linemen 200 second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings, 25 points behind the leader.

 

Tyler Reddick Notes

  • Second career victory came in his 23rd series start and his second at Dover
  • First series win came in season opening race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway
  • Owns five top five finishes in seven races this season – average finish is 5.71
  • Has led at least one lap in five races (95 laps total) and completed all but three laps this season (99.74 percent – 1,158 of a possible 1,161)
  • Led two laps and finished 13th in Gateway debut last season

 

Big Mo Riding with Theriault: Austin Theriault (@AustinTheriault) enters the Drivin’ For Linemen 200 at Gateway (Madison, Ill.) Motorsports Park fresh off his second top five finish of the season at Texas Motor Speedway.  Theriault hopes to keep that momentum going when he makes his fourth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Gateway on Saturday night.

Austin Theriault Notes

  • Scored fifth place finish one week ago at Texas Motor Speedway, his second top five in three starts this season, and collected Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors for thefirst time in 2015
  • Best finish is fourth in season opening race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway
  • Best starting position is fourth – also at Daytona
  • Participated in a test session at Gateway in late April
  • No. 29 Cooper Standard team finished seventh last June at Gateway

 

What they are saying:

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150: “Gateway is a very unique racetrack.  There are two very different corners and you’ve got to have a compromise from one corner to the next.  You have to decide which corner you want to be better at.  We learned some things last year at Gateway with the Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 that are definitely going to help us this time around.  I don’t know how much tire falloff there’s going to be with this new tire but I know the balance of the truck changes substantially when you run more than five or 10 laps.”
 
Doug Randolph - Crew Chief, No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150: “Gateway is a very difficult place to pass so track position will be huge and anything you can do to get that track position is very important.  The Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 must work really well in Turns 3 and 4 and that’s where our focus will be.”

Austin Theriault – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “Gateway is one of those tracks that is very technical.  Some of the corners are different plus you have some bumps and areas where you accelerate and are under braking.  I felt like we had a pretty productive test session with the Cooper Standard Ford F-150.  I kept pushing the limits at the test and I’m going to continue that this weekend and hopefully pick up some more time.  That’s the only way you can get better.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “We went with a whole different thought process and setup with the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 at the test and I think worked out pretty well.  The new tire we’ll have at Gateway changes the ballgame a lot. Last year the tire we had there would fall off but this tire doesn’t fall off as much and there’s not as much initial speed. This new tire does wear so I don’t think you can leave a set on past a full fuel run. ”

 

Qualifying (Saturday, June 13th): 5:45 PM ET (Fox Sports 2)

 

NCWTS Pre-Race (Saturday, June 13th): 8:00 PM ET (Fox Sports 1)

 

Race (Saturday, June 13th): 8:30 PM ET (Fox Sports 1)