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Chase Purdy turned his fastest lap of the day just two minutes before Thursday's ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test session at Gateway Motorsports Park ended, placing him on top of the leader board heading into the official start of practice for Friday's PapaNicholas 150.

Christian Eckes led the session for the entirety of the day, but Purdy ripped a quick lap of 33.265 seconds/135.277 miles per hour in the No. 8 Bama Buggies Toyota. Eckes' fast lap of 33.337 seconds/134.985 miles per hour was good for second. Current series championship leader Sheldon Creed was third, with Gus Dean and Riley Herbst rounding out the top five. Pocono winner Harrison Burton returns to the No. 12 Toyota for MDM Motorsports this week, and he finished the test in sixth. Three-time winner Zane Smith was seventh, with Joe Graf, Jr, eighth, Bret Holmes in ninth and Ken Schrader rounding out the top ten.
Jun 21 - 3:55 PM

Set to embark on his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start, veteran race car driver Chad Finley (No. 42 Chevrolet Silverado) and his Chad Finley Racing (CFR) team hope for a monstrous return in Saturday night’s Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park.

A regular on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour, the Dewitt, Michigan native and crew chief Bruce Cook load up and head to Gateway looking for a top-10 finish in the first of a limited Truck Series schedule this season. Joining the No. 42 Michigan-based team for Saturday night’s race as a major associate partner is Strutmasters.com.
Jun 21 - 3:44 PM

The No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford F-150 team will unload chassis No. 43 for Saturday night's race, the same chassis Grant Enfinger piloted to a fourth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway earlier this year.

Additionally, he scored two top-five finishes with chassis No. 43 at Gateway (5th), and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (fourth), in 2017. The ThorSport Racing driver made his track debut at Gateway in 2017. Enfinger started 14th and finished fifth. 2018 Stats... In nine starts this season, Enfinger has led 13 laps en route to three top-five, and six top-10 finishes.-ThorSport Racing
Jun 21 - 3:23 PM

Despite three consecutive years of bad luck (2014-2016) at Gateway Motorsports Park, Matt Crafton (No. 88 IDEAL Door/Menards Ford F-150) has led 76 laps en route to two top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

He finished fourth at Gateway in 2017, his second top-five finish in 14 starts. In 2014, he led 11 laps but blew a right-front tire while leading, crashed and finished 26th.In 2015 and 2016, Crafton's No. 88 Menards truck was dominant, but cursed. Crafton led 49 of 160 laps in 2015, but was bumped by another driver on a late-race restart, and was forced to pit to repair damage, finishing 21st. In 2016, Crafton again was victimized by a late-race restart. This time, two trucks crashed in front of him while the field was racing threewide, and the two-time champion was collected in the melee.-ThorSport Racing
Jun 21 - 3:22 PM

Making his third appearance at Gateway Motorsports Park, Ben Rhodes (No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Ford F-150) nabbed a pole in his first appearance at the track in 2016, he went on to finish second while leading four laps.

A year later, Rhodes started 12th and finished eighth, before the track's repave. The team will unload chassis No. 61 for Saturday's race. Seeing its third season of competition after its debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2016, the chassis, nicknamed "El Primo, has one pole and 134 laps led (Martinsville 2018), one top-five (ISM Raceway, 2017) and two top-10 finishes (New Hampshire, 2017 and Martinsville, fall 2017) to its record.-ThorSport Racing
Jun 21 - 3:20 PM

Although Myatt Snider (No. 13 Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150) will make his track debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Saturday night, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has turned laps at the 1.25-mile asphalt oval before, prior to the July 2017 repave.

Snider tested a NCWTS truck while competing for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2017, but looks to compete, along with the rest of the field, for the first time since implementation of the new surface Saturday night. The No. 13 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 49. Making its second on-track appearance of the season, the truck made its first start of 2018 at Martinsville Speedway earlier this year, where Snider saw his season-best finish of sixth, after starting ninth.-ThorSport Racing
Jun 21 - 3:19 PM

In addition to his usual duties behind the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolet in Sunday's Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350, Alex Bowman will drive the Bill McAnally No. 24 Axalta/Nationwide Chevrolet in Saturday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Carneros 200 at Sonoma (CA) Raceway.

Bowman has 14 starts in the K&N Pro Series, two in the West series and 12 in the East series. It will be the Tucson, Arizona, native’s first start in the series at the 1.99-mile road course. Bowman has two career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma Raceway, with his best finish of 29th coming back in 2014. In addition, he ran three NASCAR Xfinity Series events in 2013 on road courses. Bowman finished 13th at Watkins Glen International, 11th at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and 24th at Road America.
Jun 20 - 3:10 PM

Justin Fontaine (No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Chevrolet Silverado) will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Gateway Motorsports Park this Saturday night.

"I think it’s going to be a tough race, but if we can take that same strategy that we used at Iowa, I think we’re going to be OK," said Fontaine. Recapping Iowa: After a couple of tough races, Fontaine and the No. 45 team rebounded nicely at Iowa Speedway, overcoming an accident in practice, to run inside the top-10 for much of the closing stages of the race. He crossed the finish line in 12th.-Niece Motorsports
Jun 20 - 2:08 PM

Todd Gilliland (No. 4 Royal Canin Toyota Tundra) has one previous start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Last year he started fourth and finished the opening two stages inside the top 10 before experiencing terminal transmission issues with 48 laps remaining and finishing 21st. In five NCWTS starts this season, Gilliland has three top-10 finishes and has led 63 laps. He led a race-high 62 laps at Texas Motor Speedway. Despite only competing in five of the nine races due to age restrictions, he currently ranks 17h in the Truck Series championship standings and is 123 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.-KBM
Jun 20 - 1:57 PM

Based on his career record on road courses, Kyle Larson should be rested this week for the Toyota / Save Mart 350k at Sonoma Raceway.

Larson has made eight previous starts on road courses. Four of these – including the last three – have ended in the 20s. Only one was a top-10 (a fourth at the Glen in his rookie season). That firmly suggests there are going to be better places to start him in the future.
Jun 20 - 1:25 PM

William Byron will make his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start on a road course this week in the Toyota / Save Mart 350k at Sonoma Raceway.

Byron will run the K&N Series support race to get a little more experience – and that will help fantasy owners decide whether he will be a decent value. Last year, in three starts on road courses at the Xfinity level, he scored top-10s at Watkins Glen International and Road America, so he will be an interesting driver to watch.
Jun 20 - 1:16 PM

After a solid run impacted by brake trouble at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Parker Kligerman will get a second opportunity at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the Gaunt Bros No. 96.

Kligerman finished 27th in that race, which was his second-best career finish in 11 starts. The road courses are equalizers, so Kligerman could contend for another result in that range in the Toyota / Save Mart 350k at Sonoma Raceway.
Jun 20 - 1:10 PM

Riley Herbst (No. 51 Advance Auto Parts Toyota Tundra) will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park.

The Las Vegas native made his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start last weekend at Iowa Speedway for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) where he finished sixth. He currently races full time for JGR in the ARCA Racing Series – in nine starts this season, he has three top-five and five top-10 finishes and has led 27 laps. Herbst will be pulling double duty this weekend, racing for JGR in the ARCA Series event on Friday night before competing in the Truck Series race on Saturday night. Herbst will make his second Truck Series start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in September in the No. 46 Tundra.-KBM
Jun 20 - 11:50 AM

Coming off an exciting second-place finish at Iowa Speedway in Newton last week, Noah Gragson and the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass team head to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., for Saturday’s Eaton 200.

Gragson and his No. 18 team were one of three teams which participated in Goodyear’s two-day tire test at Gateway in April. The Las Vegas native is hoping the extra track time will help him improve on his result from last year’s race. Despite qualifying seventh, he was forced to start from the rear of the field after his team repaired left-side damage sustained when he got hit by another competitor on pit road during qualifying. He was able to work his way inside the top five late in the race before falling back a few spots in the closing laps and ending the day with a ninth-place finish.-KBM
Jun 20 - 11:45 AM

Christian Eckes will make his second of four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts this season for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) driving the No. 46 Mobil 1 Tundra Saturday in the Eaton 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.

Eckes started ninth, led four laps and finished eighth in a successful Truck Series debut last weekend at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Eckes picked up his first career ARCA Racing Series victory at Salem (Ind.) Speedway Apr. 22 after leading 72 laps of the 200-lap event, including the final 52 circuits. He has an average finish of 10.2 across his four ARCA starts in 2018. The 17-year-old driver will be pulling double duty this weekend at Gateway, driving the No. 15 Camry for Venturini Motorsports Friday night before competing in the Truck Series event for KBM Saturday.-KBM
Jun 20 - 11:34 AM


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