OUT THE WINDOW: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams rely on notes from past GMP races to set up the race vehicle’s suspension and predict fuel mileage. The track was torn up and completely repaved following the 2017 Truck race. The teams have never competed on the new, fast and smooth asphalt. Start with a clean sheet of paper and toss the 2014-2017 notes out the window. But please don’t litter.

TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF OUR LOCAL SUPERSTAR: NASCAR legend Ken Schrader of Fenton, Missouri has filed an entry for Friday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Papa Nicholas 150. The star of what was known as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, the NASCAR Busch Series and the Truck Series has not raced at GMP in more than a decade. He’s not retired: he actively competes – and wins — in just about every form of oval track racing. We’re happy to have him back.

CHILDREN: Kids 15 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult. Adult tickets for Saturday start at just $35. It’s family fun at family-friendly prices.

NO MORE HITCHHIKING: Use ridesharing service Lyft for traveling to and from the track. Obtain two free $5 ride credits for the first two rides when using the code “GATEWAY200.” The credits will be valid for 30 days after the NASCAR race. Give your right thumb a rest.

IDLE MINDS AND LIGHTNING THUMBS: Rather than stare at your phone while waiting for the race to begin, you can join the new party. The Rumble Before the Roar is the ultimate pre-race party zone, featuring DJs, the Gateway Girls, special guest appearances, bar Olympics, t-shirt giveaways and entertainment. The party zone opens at 3 p.m. and runs until the green flag is waved for the NASCAR race. Admission is only $20 and includes a souvenir mug, complimentary beer and soft drinks and light snacks. Get your party on, but please drink responsibly.

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS: We said it three times because that’s how many will be racing this weekend. Cheer for USAC’s winningest female driver, Toni Breidinger (@ToniBreidinger) and Natalie Decker (@NatalieRacing) in Friday’s Papa Nicholas 150 and Jennifer Jo Cobb (@JenJoCobb) in Saturday’s Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power.

EXCITING FINISHES: They’ve been the norm at GMP. Race leaders get caught up in others’ crashes. Last-lap passes create new winners. And although we’d never encourage it, sometimes two drivers will stop in Turn 1 while the race is under caution and attempt to duke it out.

 

Gateway Motorsports Park’s annual NASCAR weekend will begin on Friday, June 22 with the Papa Nicholas 150 for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The annual Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race follows on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. CDT. To purchase tickets or obtain additional information, please call Gateway Motorsports Park at (618) 215-8888. 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, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue. Gateway Motorsports Park was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from St. Louis Attractions Association.