Gateway Motorsports Park is going World Wide.
The Illinois multi-faceted motorsport facility, located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, announced Wednesday that it will be renamed and rebranded as World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
World Wide Technology (WWT) is based in St. Louis and “provides digital strategy, innovative technology and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations around the globe,” according to a media release issued by the race track.
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway hosts a number of racing events each year including NASCAR, IndyCar and NHRA on a 1.25-mile speedway, 1/4-mile drag strip and a 1.6-mile road course.
“The support of WWT will help ensure that our track will compete for North America’s most elite races and offer an innovative and exhilarating fan experience for years to come,” track owner and CEO Curtis Francois said in a media release. “The relationship with WWT will help us tremendously as we continue to grow World Wide Technology Raceway into one of the premier racing facilities in the country.”
WWT is already active in motorsports as a partner and sponsor of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Bubba Wallace.
JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced Tuesday that Tyler Matthews will make his Xfinity Series debut Friday at Richmond Raceway.
“Man, I can’t stress enough how much this opportunity means to me,” Matthews said in a statement from the team. “Getting the chance to drive for one of the most respected team owners in the garage area in Johnny Davis is huge. I know that this will be a big step up in my career, coming from racing Late Model stocks and all, but I’m treating this as just another race car. If we can stay out of trouble and keep the car within the top 25, I think that would be a solid day for us.
“I know we can do it, and I’m just counting down the hours until I can get on track to practice.”
Linetec Services will be the primary sponsor of Matthews’ No. 15 Camaro.
Matthews won the 2016 North Carolina NASCAR Whelen All America Series championship running Late Models throughout the state.
Matthews, 22, made three starts in the Truck series last year. His best finish was 17th at Gateway Motorsports Park.
A three-race stretch in June will now pay big for winners in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
NASCAR announced the “Triple Truck Challenge” on Monday, a new bonus program that could pay up to $500,000.
The three races – at Texas Motor Speedway (June 7), Iowa Speedway (June 15) and Gateway Motorsports Park (June 22) – are standalone events for the Truck Series.
If a driver wins one of the three races, they’ll be awarded a $50,000 bonus.
If a driver wins two out of three, they earn another $150,000.
A sweep of all three races delivers $500,000.
Only drivers who are earning Truck Series points can enter into the events.
NASCAR also confirmed that the four races that make up the Xfinity Series’ Dash 4 Cash remain the same, with the program being held at Texas Motor Speedway (March 30), Richmond Raceway (April 12), Talladega Superspeedway (April 27) and Dover International Speedway (May 4).
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will race 13 times in 2019, including six times on tracks that also run NASCAR Cup races.
The season begins Feb. 10 at New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway and ends Oct. 4 at Dover International Speedway.
South Boston (Virginia) Speedway will host twin 100-lap features on May 4, the second consecutive year the .400-mile track has done so. Thompson (Connecticut) Speedway will host the third annual NASCAR Throwback with the K&N Series on June 15.
The East Series will go head-to-head twice with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – July 26 at Iowa Speedway and Aug. 24 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.
2019 K&N Pro Series East Schedule
Feb. 10 – New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway
April 6 – Bristol Motor Speedway
May 4 – South Boston (Virginia) Speedway *
June 1 – Memphis International Raceway
June 15 – Thompson (Connecticut) Speedway Motorsports Park
July 20 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
July 26 – Iowa Speedway
Aug. 2 – Watkins Glen International
Aug. 15 – Bristol Motor Speedway
Aug. 24 – Gateway Motorsports Park (Madison, Illinois)
Sept. 21 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Oct. 4 – Dover International Speedway
NASCAR K&N Pro Series teams will take part for the first time in doubleheaders with the World of Outlaws and IndyCar Series next year.
The first doubleheader, with the World of Outlaws, will take place Feb. 27 – 28 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. It serves as a lead-in for the tripleheader weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for NASCAR’s three national series.
The World of Outlaws will compete on the LVMS Dirt Track on both days of the doubleheader, holding its FVP Platinum Battery Outlaw Showdown presented by Star Nursery.
The K&N Pro Series West will hold its second race on the half-mile dirt track on Feb. 28.
The 2018 Star Nursery 100, won by Sheldon Creed, marked the first K&N Pro Series race on a dirt track since 1979.
The LVMS Dirt Track has hosted World of Outlaws events since 1996 and has held double features every spring since 2013.
The doubleheader with IndyCar will take place Aug. 24 at Gateway Motorsports Park outside St. Louis.
The K&N event is a combined race with West and East teams and is the second K&N race at the 1.25-mile track after the series debuted there this year.
IndyCar will hold its third consecutive race at Gateway after returning to the track in 2017.
The K&N/IndyCar weekend is the second doubleheader the track will host in 2019.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series will visit on June 22.
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