Drivin' for Linemen 200

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Drivin' for Linemen 200
Drivin' for Linemen 200.jpg
Venue Gateway Motorsports Park
First race 1998
Distance 200 miles (321.869 km)
Laps 160
Previous names Ram Tough 200 Presented by Pepsi (1998, 2001)
Ram Tough 200 (1999)
Ram Tough 200 by Pepsi (2000)
Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 (2002-2004, 2006-2007)
Dodge Ram Tough 200 (2005)
Camping World 200 Presented by Honda Power Equipment (2008)
Copart 200 (2009)
CampingWorld.com 200 (2010)

The Drivin' for Linemen 200 is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park since 1998, and ran until 2010 when the track closed. With new ownership in place in 2012, the race will return to the schedule in 2014.

Rick Carelli won the first truck race at Gateway. A year later Greg Biffle won the first night race for the series at Gateway. In 2000, the race date was moved to May, and the time of race was once again day. Jack Sprague not only won that race, but holds the average speed record for the event to this day. A year later Ted Musgrave won the event after showers moved the race back into the evening.

In 2004, the NASCAR Craftsman truck was using its version of the green-white-checkered rule, which stated that every race must end under green, for the last time. With 5 laps left in the race Jack Sprague cut a tire bringing out the caution. Caution would come out. On the first green-white-checkered attempt a wreck in turn 1 brought the yellow flag out again. The very next green flag saw first and second position drivers, Shane Hmiel and Bobby Hamilton get together bringing the yellow out again. On the second attempt on the back straightway, Dennis Setzer's truck was involved in an accident that had the truck sliding on its side against the wall. On the fourth attempt, David Starr came out on top in a race with a record for most green-white-checkered laps and most attempts. Shortly thereafter NASCAR adopted a universal green-white-checkered rule for all three of its major series which said that if the caution flag comes out at any time during the green-white-checkered run the race will end under caution.

NASCAR-sanctioned events stopped being run at the track after the 2010 season when Dover Motorports shut down the circuit at the end of the 2010 season. The circuits were sold to former club racer and INDYCAR Indy Lights driver Curtis Francois in 2011, who promptly brought back the NHRA tour in 2012. Francois and NASCAR successfully negotiated the Truck Series return on June 14, 2014.[1]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
1998 Sept 19 Rick Carelli Chesrown Racing Chevrolet 160 200 (321.868) 2:00:17 99.764
1999 Aug 20 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 160 200 (321.868) 1:47:17 111.853
2000 May 7 Jack Sprague Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 200 (321.868) 1:45:31 113.726
2001 May 6 Ted Musgrave Ultra Motorsports Dodge 160 200 (321.868) 1:46:56 112.237
2002 May 5 Terry Cook K Automotive Racing Ford 160 200 (321.868) 1:49:46 109.323
2003 July 19 Brendan Gaughan Orleans Racing Dodge 160 200 (321.868) 2:00:37 99.489
2004 July 17 David Starr Spears Motorsports Chevrolet 174* 217.5 (350.032) 2:19:17 93.694
2005 April 30 Ted Musgrave Ultra Motorsports Dodge 160 200 (321.868) 1:58:59 100.854
2006 April 29 Todd Bodine Germain Racing Toyota 160 200 (321.868) 2:21:14 84.966
2007 Sept 1 Johnny Benson, Jr. Bill Davis Racing Toyota 160 200 (321.868) 1:55:46 103.657
2008 Sept 6 Ron Hornaday, Jr. Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet 160 200 (321.868) 2:07:51 93.86
2009 Sept 12 Mike Skinner Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota 162* 202.5 (325.892) 2:16:06 89.273
2010 July 17* Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet 160 200 (321.868) 1:57:40 101.983
2011

2013
Not held
2014 June 14 Darrell Wallace, Jr. Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 160 200 (321.868) 2:06:16 95.037
  • 2004: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish (4 attempts).
  • 2009: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
  • 2010: Race postponed from Friday night to Saturday afternoon due to power outage.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
2 Ted Musgrave 2001, 2005

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
2 Ultra Motorsports 2001, 2005
Kevin Harvick Inc. 2008, 2010

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Make Years Won
5 United States Chevrolet 1998, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2010
4 Japan Toyota 2006–2007, 2009, 2014
3 United States Dodge 2001, 2003, 2005
2 United States Ford 1999, 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, Ken (October 25, 2013). "NASCAR returns to Gateway with truck series race". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, MO. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 


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