More than 1,000 USAF service men and women from Scott Air Force Base to be guests of Gateway Motorsports Park
Saturday for the Drivin’ for Linemen 200
June 12, 2017, St. Louis Region – Gateway Motorsports Park will salute Scott Air Force Base’s 100th anniversary and host more than 1,000 men and women stationed there during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 on Saturday, June 17.
The first 10,000 fans through the spectator gates will receive American flags. Each NASCAR Truck entered in the race will carry a Scott Air Force Base decal. United States Air Force personnel will ride along with the NASCAR stars during driver introductions. More than 60 men and women from Scott Air Force Base will participate in the opening ceremonies, including the singing of the national anthem. GMP will host a military hospitality area with refreshments located outside of Turn 4.
“We are proud to honor the brave and men and women of Scott Air Force Base, and to join in the facility’s 100th anniversary celebration,” said Chris Blair, GMP’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “We have an excellent relationship with the base, its commander and service personnel. We certainly appreciate everything they do for our country and we are proud to welcome them as our guests.”
Scott AFB is located near Belleville, Illinois, 20 miles from the speedway. The base was completed in August 1917, just four months after the United States formally entered World War I. The 600-acre facility is named for Corporal Frank Scott, the first enlisted service member to lose his life in an aviation accident. Today Scott AFB continues to be the home of the 375th Air Mobility Wing, the 618th AOC (TACC), the 18th Air Force, Air Mobility Command, and the United States Transportation Command. One hundred years after its construction, Scott AFB continues to play a crucial role in military operations and worldwide humanitarian efforts.
Tickets for the June 17 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 are on sale and may be purchased at the GMP ticket office, by phone at (618) 215-8888 or online at www.gatewaymsp.com. General admission tickets start at just $36 and kids 15 and under are free (general admission).
Saturday, June 17 — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 schedule
8:30 a.m. — Spectator parking lots open.
9 a.m. — Spectator gates open.
9 a.m. — Climbin’ for Linemen competition begins (infield).
9:30-10:25 a.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 practice.
11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. — Final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 practice.
1:30-2:30 p.m. — Illinois Lottery 40 ARCA Midwest Tour practice and qualifying.
2-2:45 p.m. — NASCAR driver autograph session (infield).
2:30-4:30 p.m. — Free concert by The Band Steele on the midway.
4:45 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 qualifying.
5:45 p.m. — ARCA Midwest Tour Illinois Lottery 40 driver introductions.
6:10 p.m. — ARCA Midwest Tour Illinois Lottery 40 (40 laps, 50 miles, timed event).
7 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 driver introductions.
7:30 p.m. — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 (160 laps, 200 miles).
Schedule is subject to change.