Craftsman Truck Series race is the opening act for WWTR’s second annual NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 Weekend
May 18, 2023, St. Louis – One NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver could earn an extra $500,000 between May 26 and June 23 by winning World Wide Technology Raceway’s Toyota 200 on June 3 and the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway.
Once again, NASCAR is offering up the Triple Truck Challenge, an exciting incentive for hard-charging winners who see a mammoth bonus on the horizon if they can secure victories on three diverse tracks. WWTR is a 1.25-mile oval with two different sets of turns. Nashville Superspeedway is a 1.33-mile d-shaped oval and Charlotte – the oldest of the three – is a 1.5-mile superspeedway, constructed in 1959.
If a driver wins one race of the Triple Truck Challenge, he will receive a bonus of $50,000. If a driver wins two of the three Triple Truck Challenge races, he earns $150,000. If a racer is lucky enough to win all three, the overall bonus is $500,000.
Since its inception in 2019, no driver has been able to win all three races in one season to collect the $500,000 bonus. Ross Chastain won WWTR’s Toyota 200 in 2019, followed by Sheldon Creed in 2020. WWTR was not part of the Triple Truck Challenge in 2021. Corey Heim won the Toyota 200 in 2022.
The June 3 Toyota 200 consists of 160 laps/200 miles. Stage 1 ends at lap 35; Stage 2 concludes at lap 70 and the Final Stage ends at lap 160 (checkered flag).
Past NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winners at WWTR
1998 Rick Carelli
1999 Greg Biffle
2000 Jack Sprague
2001 Ted Musgrave
2002 Terry Cook
2003 Brendan Gaughan
2004 David Starr
2005 Ted Musgrave
2006 Todd Bodine
2007 Johnny Benson Jr.
2008 Ron Hornaday Jr.
2009 Mike Skinner
2010 Kevin Harvick
2014 Darrell Wallace Jr.
2015 Cole Custer
2016 Christopher Bell
2017 John Hunter Nemechek
2018 Justin Haley
2019 Ross Chastain
2020 Sheldon Creed
2021 Sheldon Creed
2022 Corey Heim
WWTR’s second annual NASCAR Cup Series Weekend begins on Thursday, June 1, with a fanfest at Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis from 4-7 p.m.
The track opens on Friday, June 2, for Free Friday. Fans activities include the opportunity to see the NASCAR haulers, watch the NASCAR hauler parade, a guided track walk, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 practice and qualifying.
NASCAR Cup Series practice begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, followed by qualifying for the Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 is slated to take the green flag at 12:30 p.m., followed by the inaugural JJK 5k. Music artists Flo Rida and Tim Dugger will take the stage beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Spectator gates will open at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 4, for the second annual Enjoy Illinois 300 NASCAR Cup Series race. Driver introductions will take place at 1:55 p.m. with the green flag at 2:30 p.m. Brittney Spencer, Bailey Zimmerman and Brothers Osborne will perform on the Confluence Music Festival’s main stage beginning at 10:30 a.m. Country music superstar Dierks Bentley will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. for a post-race concert.
THURSDAY, JUNE 1
4-7 p.m. — Fanfest at Ballpark Village, downtown St. Louis.
FRIDAY, JUNE 2 – FREE FRIDAY
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — NASCAR haulers Touch-a-Truck. Located in the Special Events lot. See the NASCAR haulers, meet the hauler drivers. Photo opportunities. Open to everyone.
11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Lunch with Legends featuring Kenny Wallace. This is a ticketed event and is sold out. Lunch at 11 a.m. Q&A session at 11:30 a.m. Located on Midway Stage No. 3.
12 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series haulers parade to the all-new Gateway Garage. Fans invited to the grandstands to watch the parade of NASCAR Cup Series haulers as they enter the track.
2 p.m. — Guided fan Track Walk. Fans may walk a lap around the World Wide Technology Raceway oval with a special guest from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. (Driver TBA).
3 p.m. to 8 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series technical inspections. Fans with Saturday or Sunday Infield Fan Experience passes may watch the NASCAR Cup Series’ technical inspection process and get a preview of the all-new Gateway Garage Experience.
5 p.m. — NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 practice.
5:30 p.m. — NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 qualifying.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 – NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES TOYOTA 200, CONFLUENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL, JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE JJK 5k
6 a.m. – Parking lots open.
7 a.m. — Spectator gates and Infield Fan Experience open. All Midway stages go live for Confluence Music Festival.
9 a.m. — NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter practice.
9:45 a.m. — NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter qualifying.
11 a.m. – NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver autograph session (Infield Fan Experience).
12 p.m. – NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 driver introductions.
12:30 p.m. – NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota 200 (160 laps).
3:30 p.m. – Jackie Joyner-Kersee JJK 5k.
4 p.m. – Car show (pit road).
5:15 p.m. – Flo Rida performance.
6:30 p.m. — Tim Dugger: Saturday Wrap-Up Party on the Midway.
8 p.m. – Campground concert.
8:30 p.m. – Track gates closed.
SUNDAY, JUNE 4 — NASCAR CUP SERIES ENJOY ILLINOIS 300, CONFLUENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL STARRING DIERKS BENTLEY
6 a.m. — Parking lots open.
7 a.m. – Spectator gates and Infield Fan Experience open. All Midway stages go live for Confluence Music Festival.
8 a.m. – Motor Racing Outreach non-denominational Sunday service (stage near Turn 4 tunnel).
9 a.m. — Garage Guys Live (stage near Turn 4 tunnel).
9:30 a.m. — Kenny Wallace Live! with John Roberts (Midway).
10 a.m. — Track open to fan access.
10:30 a.m. — Confluence main stage: Brittney Spencer.
11:15 a.m. — Confluence main stage: Bailey Zimmerman.
12:30 p.m. — Confluence main stage: Brothers Osborne.
1:50 p.m. – NASCAR drivers Red Carpet Walk.
1:55 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter driver introductions.
2:30 p.m. – NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter (240 laps, 300 miles).
6 p.m. — Post-race Track Walk, fan access for concert (time approximate).
6:30 p.m. – Confluence main stage: Dierks Bentley.
7 p.m. – Infield Fan Experience closes.
Schedule subject to change.
For tickets and additional information, please call WWTR at (618) 215-8888 or visit www.wwtraceway.com. Follow @WWTRaceway on social media.
About World Wide Technology Raceway
World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) is the only track in the world to host the premier series of NASCAR, INDYCAR, and NHRA . Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 700 acres, WWTR is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. WWTR’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 2.0-mile road course, the Gateway Kartplex (a state-of-the-art karting facility), and the adjacent Gateway National Golf Links. WWTR and owner Curtis Francois have been recognized with several awards, including: 2021 Comcast Community Champion of the Year; 2021 Jack Buck Award; 2020 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Track Award; 2018 Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission; 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference; and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from the St. Louis Attractions Association.
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