Thursday, July 15, 2010
The Sprint Cup Series takes a breather this weekend in anticipation of next week's event at the Brickyard. But race fans, don't fear - the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series will be in full swing at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.
The 1.25-mile oval has been compared to no less than three tracks on the Cup circuit. Gateway has varying degrees of banking in the corners - 11 degrees in turns 1 and 2 and 9 degrees in turns 3 and 4. The first two turns are said to be reminiscent of New Hampshire, while turns 3 and 4 are similar to Phoenix. The track shares Darlington's unique egg shape and is a favorite among drivers.
The Camping World Truck Series rolls out Saturday for the CampingWorld.com 200. Will Austin Dillon carry over the momentum from his first series win last week at Iowa? Mike Skinner, still searching for his first victory this season, is defending race winner.
The Nationwide Series takes to the track Saturday for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250. Kyle Busch won last year's event. Will points leader Brad Keselowski put last week's 21st-place finish at Chicagoland out of his mind with a trip to Victory Lane?
The following is a schedule of track events and television coverage this weekend (all times in Eastern Standard Time. Events without a TV channel listed will not be televised):
Thursday, July 15:
6:00 p.m. K&N Pro Series East race: K&N 100 at Lime Rock Park, SPEED (taped July 3)
Friday, July 16:
12:00 noon Truck practice
1:45 p.m. Truck final practice
7:00 p.m. Truck qualifying, SPEED (tape-delayed by 30 minutes)
TRUCK RACE POSTPONED TO SATURDAY (due to power failure)
Saturday, July 17:
10:00 a.m. Nationwide practice
11:45 a.m. Nationwide final practice
1:30 p.m. Truck race: Camping World.com 200, SPEED
4:30 p.m. Nationwide qualifying, ESPN2. Follow on NASCAR.com leaderboard
7:00 p.m. Nationwide Countdown, ESPN2
8:00 p.m. Nationwide race: Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250, ESPN2. Green flag: 8:15 p.m. (reruns at 3 a.m.)
Photo: Nationwide cars at Gateway in July 2009. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images for NASCAR)