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Entry List: 2015 Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway

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In one its rare standalone weekends, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will suffer from a small field.

NASCAR released the entry list for the June 13 NCWTS Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park this afternoon (June 8). The list includes on 26 entrants, six short of a full field.

While the field is small, many strong teams will be present. John Hunter Nemechek, who turns 18 on June 11, will return to the No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet as part of a plan for him to run the rest of the season. Nemecheck, son of Sprint Cup Series winner Joe Nemechek, led 53 laps at Gateway in 2014 before finishing in 15th.

Fresh off of two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts at New Jersey Motorsport Park and Pocono Raceway, Cole Custer will return to the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Custer, 17, has one career NCWTS win, coming last season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

With the Sprint Cup Series and Xfinity Series in Michigan, no cup drivers will attempt Saturday’s race. In their place, Austin Theriault will pilot the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing, Brandon Jones will drive the No. 33 Chevrolet for GMS Racing and Matt Tifft will make his third start in the No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Travis Kvapil will return behind the wheel of the No. 50 BurnieGrill.com Chevrolet for MAKE Motorsports, moving Ryan Ellis over to the No. 1 Altec Chevrolet.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will complete all scheduled events at Gateway on June 13, with a 150-minute practice session from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET, followed by Keystone Light Pole Qualifying at 5:45 p.m. ET. Coverage of the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

2015 DRIVIN’ FOR LINEMEN 200 ENTRY LIST

EntryCar#DriverSponsorManuOwner
10Adam EdwardsDriven2Honor.org14 ChevyKenneth Grimes
20Cole CusterHaas Automation15 ChevyDale Earnhardt, Jr.
31Ryan EllisAltec15 ChevyTracy Lowe
42Tyler YoungRandco Industries/Young's Building Systems15 ChevyRandy Young
54Erik JonesSpecial Olympics World Games15 ToyotaKyle Busch
65John Wes TownleyZaxby's15 ChevyTony Townley
76Norm BenningTBA15 ChevyNorm Benning
87Ray Black JrScubaLife.com15 ChevyBobby Dotter
98John Hunter NemechekTBA15 ChevySidney Mauldin
108Korbin ForristerTilted Kilt15 ChevyKen Smith
1110Jennifer Jo CobbPOWMIAFamilies.org14 ChevyJennifer Jo Cobb
1211Ben KennedyLocal Motors15 ToyotaTom Deloach
1313Cameron HayleyCabinets by Hayley/Carolina Nut Co.15 ToyotaDuke Thorson
1414Daniel HemricCalifornia Clean Power15 ChevyBob Newberry
1515Mason Mingus811Call Before You Dig15 ChevyBilly Boat
1617Timothy PetersRed Horse Racing15 ToyotaTom Deloach
1719Tyler ReddickBBR Music Group15 FordBrad Keselowski
1823Spencer GallagherAllegiant Travel15 ChevyMaurice Gallagher Jr
1929Austin TheriaultCooper Standard15 FordBrad Keselowski
2033Brandon JonesTBA15 ChevyMaurice Gallagher Jr
2136Justin JenningsMittler Bros Machine & Tool / Ski Soda13 ChevyMichael Mittler
2245Tommy ReganTBA15 ChevyBJ McLeod
2350Travis KvapilBurnieGrill.com13 ChevyMark Beaver
2451Matt TifftToyotaCare15 ToyotaKyle Busch
2554Justin BostonROKMobile.com15 ToyotaKyle Busch
2663Tyler TannerVatterott College/Mittler Bros Machine & Tool13 ChevyMichael Mittler
2774Jordan AndersonTBA14 ChevyMike Harmon
2888Matt CraftonIdeal Door / Menards15 ToyotaRhonda Thorson
2994Timmy HillTestoril15 ChevyJay Robinson
3098Johnny SauterNextant/Curb Records15 ToyotaMike Curb

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JohnQ

A short field! Who but everybody not employed by or affiliated with NASCAR could have predicted that? Aside from Brad K’s vanity two Ford team there were NO other Fords in last week’s truck race. If not for insecure Brad not realizing that no one cares how many home runs Hank Aaron hit in the minors there would be no Ford presence whatsoever. Like Dodge deciding that NASCAR offered little return on investment Ford, like everybody but NASCAR and the racing press, seems to realize that the truck series with its crowds of hundreds and invisible TV presence is simply not worth the time and money. None of us enjoys needless suffering. Perhaps it is time to euthanize this slowly dying series.

Ivan Balakhonov

Well, another short field is very far from being a suprise. Hopefully, the quality of racing won’t suffer. Despite all troubles surrounding the series, it still produces the best on-track product among NASCAR’s top-3 divisions.

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