If you crave excitement, keep your eye on the No. 4 JBL Toyota Tundra of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Christopher Bell. Bell is headed to Gateway Motorsports Park for the Drivin’ For Linemen 200 on June 17 and he’s on a roll.
The 22-year-old native of Norman, Oklahoma has a habit of winning in spectacular fashion. On Friday, June 9, Bell took the checkered flag in Texas by mere inches over Chase Briscoe. He claimed GMP’s victory lane for his team at last year’s Drivin’ for Linemen 200 by edging Ben Rhodes by just 0.275 seconds after a two-lap shootout. He scored his first NASCAR Truck Series win in 2015 at Eldora, Ohio in a thrilling green-white-checker finish over polesitter Bobby Pierce. That first win came in only his third Truck Series start. It is safe to assume fans can expect more of the same excitement from Bell’s Toyota team on Saturday night.
Bell will kick off the race weekend with a media tour in St. Louis on Thursday. He’ll visit Scott Air Force Base in the afternoon, then throw out the first pitch at the Cardinals-Brewers game at Busch Stadium at 7 p.m.
The 2013 national USAC Midget champion drives full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Truck Series and also races part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Super Bowl champion coach Joe Gibbs. He currently is second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings, just 40 behind leader Johnny Sauter.
Bell celebrates his 2016 win at Gateway Motorsports Park. (Michael Allio)
Tickets for the June 17 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 are on sale and may be purchased at the GMP ticket office, by phone at (618) 215-8888 or online at www.gatewaymsp.com. General admission tickets start at just $36 and kids 15 and under are free (general admission).
Saturday, June 17 — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 schedule
8:30 a.m. — Spectator parking lots open.
9 a.m. — Spectator gates open.
9 a.m. — Climbin’ for Linemen competition begins (infield).
9:30-10:25 a.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 practice.
11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. — Final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 practice.
1:30-2:30 p.m. — Illinois Lottery 40 ARCA Midwest Tour practice and qualifying.
2-2:45 p.m. — NASCAR driver autograph session (infield).
2:30-4:30 p.m. — Free concert by The Band Steele on the midway.
4:45 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 qualifying.
5:45 p.m. — ARCA Midwest Tour Illinois Lottery 40 driver introductions.
6:10 p.m. — ARCA Midwest Tour Illinois Lottery 40 (40 laps, 50 miles, timed event).
7 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 driver introductions.
7:30 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 (160 laps, 200 miles).
Schedule is subject to change.
Twitter hashtag: #D4LM200
For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.gatewaymsp.com. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
About Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, the 1.6-mile Circuit of St. Louis road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.