Truck Snapshot: Gateway
June 14, 2014, George Winkler, NASCAR.com
What: Drivin' for Linemen 200
Where: Gateway Motorports Park, Madison, Ill.
When: Saturday, June 14
TV/Radio: FOX Sports 1 (8:30 p.m. ET), MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio 90
Distance: 200 miles (160 laps)
Pit road speed: 45 mph
Caution speed: 50 mph
Fuel window: 65 laps
Keystone Light Pole Qualifying: Saturday, 5:10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 (three segments)
Fastest in practice
First practice: Chase Pistone, NTS Motorsports, No. 9 Chevrolet (136.141 mph).
Second practice: Justin Lofton, NTS Motorsports, No. 20 Chevrolet (136.753 mph).
Final practice: Cole Custer, Haas Racing Development, No. 00 Chevrolet (136.786 mph)
Most recent race winner: Kevin Harvick, July 17, 2010. This is the first time NASCAR has raced at Gateway Motorsports Park since 2010.
Summer break? "I've been doing online school for the past couple years, so it's nice to finally have that out of the way and really be able to get in the swing of things at the shop. I've been at the shop every day this past week meeting with everybody, trying to get as much as I can out of everybody and seeing what's up. It's nice to be able to keep up on things like that and put my full focus in it." -- Erik Jones, on what it's like to have high school graduation complete
Cornered at Gateway: "This place looks fun. Both corners are different, so you're going to have to adapt to both corners. I think the tricky one is going to be (Turns) 1 and 2 and not getting bogged down quite enough where you still get the run off the corner. I definitely love flat tracks, so this place is definitely going to be fun and is going to make for some good racing." -- John Hunter Nemechek, on what he expects racing at Gateway for the first time
Experience matters? "You keep saying that, but these kids are just impressing me. You say, 'What are you going to do on the track?' Well, you know, I'm going to do whatever the rookies do because being an elder spokesperson and knowing what not to do, we had hard hard walls and now we have soft walls around here. These kids are doing stuff that I've never seen before." -- Ron Hornaday Jr., on whether his experience gives him an advantage at Gateway and in the points race in general
Double duty, Part I: Justin Lofton is the standby driver for Gray Gaulding, who finished fifth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday before flying overnight to Gateway Motorsports Park for final practice and qualifying.
Double duty, Part II: Nelson Piquet Jr. was the standby driver for John Wes Townley, who finished fourth in the ARCA event at Michigan International Speedway on Friday. Townley arrived safely at the track with time to spare.
High marks for Hornaday: Hornaday Jr. has the top driver rating of 114.5 for point-paying races in the past nine years at Gateway. Johnny Sauter is second at 109.7, and Matt Crafton is fifth at 91.8. Hornaday also has the most laps led (324), laps in the top 15 (698) and number of fastest laps (117).
From the pole: In the 13 times the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has raced at Gateway, the pole winner has found Victory Lane three times. Ted Musgrave did it twice (2001, '05) and Harvick did it in 2010.
Former Gateway winners in the field: Hornaday (1), Sept. 6, 2008.