Arch Madness

Johnny Sauter and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are back in action at Gateway Motorsports Park

For the first time in almost four years, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will return to Gateway Motorsports Park (GMP) in Madison, Ill., for Saturday’s Drivin’ for Linemen 200, the seventh scheduled event on the 2014 Truck Series schedule. The much anticipated race is also the second of six scheduled races for Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff driver, Johnny Sauter and his No. 98 ThorSport Racing team.

Gateway Motorsports Park, just six miles west of the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis, was a staple of the Truck Series from 1998 to 2010 before closing its doors in November, 2010. With its unique shape and banking, the Truck Series has been able to turn up the heat in Gateway, producing only one repeat winner in 13 races. In fact, only one of those race winners is entered in Saturday’s Truck Series event, former Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff driver, Ron Hornaday, Jr.

Sauter, who finished fourth in his debut with Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in March, is one of only eight drivers in the 30-truck field for Saturday’s 160-lap event that has previous experience at the 1.25-mile flat oval. In a field full of rookies, the 36-year-old driver has a combined eight starts at Gateway in the NCWTS and NASCAR Nationwide Series including 31 laps led, two top-five and four top-10 finishes.

Sauter, who is second in the NCWTS driver point standings, a mere 11 points behind his ThorSport Racing teammate, is looking forward to the series return to the famed track, and hopes to capitalize on his past track experience to bring home his first win of the 2014 season behind the wheel of the No. 98 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff/Curb Records Toyota Tundra.

Catch all the action, live from Gateway:

Event Date Time Channel
Truck Series Practice Friday, June 13 7-9 p.m. ET FOX Sports 1
Truck Series Qualifying Saturday, June 14 5-6 p.m. ET FOX Sports 2
Drivin’ for Linemen 200 Saturday, June 14 8:30 p.m. ET FOX Sports 1

 

Fast & Fun Facts:

On the Truck Series at Gateway Motorsports Park:

  •  – The NCWTS will return to Gateway for the first time since July 17, 2010
  •  – Saturday’s Drivin for Linemen 200 will be the 14th annual event at the Madison, IL track
  •  – The 1998 RAM Tough 200 presented by Pepsi was the first NCWTS race at Gateway Motorsports Park. The race was held on Saturday, September 19, 1998. Rick Carelli was the winner
  •  – There have been 12 different winners in 13 races at GMP
  •  – Ted Musgrave was the only repeat winner – 2001 and 2005
  •  – There have been three race winners from the pole; Ted Musgrave (2001 and 2005), Kevin Harvick (2010)
  •  – The average start of a race winner: 4.5

On Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff driver, Johnny Sauter:

  •  – Johnny Sauter is an 11-year veteran of the Truck Series. This weekend’s Truck Series event will mark his 137th series start. He has a combined nine wins, five poles, 1066 laps led, and has 51 top-five and 75 top-10 finishes

On the famed Gateway Motorsports Park:

  •  – With more than 200 acres, GMP is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the region

On the iconic Gateway Arch:

  •  – The Gateway Arch is 630 feet tall, clad in stainless steel, and was built in the form of a flattened catenary arch. It is the tallest man-made arch in the United States
  •  – Construction began on the Gateway Arch on February 12, 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965 and cost $13 million dollars to build which would cost $97,300,000 today

Johnny Sauter’s Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff NCWTS Schedule:

Date Track Started Finished
March 29, 2014 Martinsville Speedway 14th 4th
June 14, 2014 Gateway Motorsports Park    
June 26, 2014 Kentucky Speedway    
July 11, 2014 Iowa Speedway    
October 25, 2014 Martinsville Speedway    
October 31, 2014 Texas Motor Speedway