• Kevin Harvick has regularly kitted out for season-ending games since 2009.
  • He has only 31 points on the end before the presentation of the Cup Series at the WTEA.
  • World Wide Technology Raceway has long been called “gate”.

Harvick, 46, drove Xfinity Series vehicles east of St. Louis in the latter part, including a few victories more than twenty years prior.

Additionally, he won a Truck Series race in 2010, shortly before the track was covered in the midst of a financial crisis.

It was restored by nearby financial specialist Curtis Francois and has grown and advanced over the past ten years, prompting the return of the Truck Series as well as IndyCar and, interestingly on Sunday, NASCAR’s main series .

While two dozen drivers in the field get a glimpse of Gateway, Harvick is among nine who have had success on the track in the Xfinity or Truck series. Plus, of those nine, he’s one of seven who still can’t top a Cup race this season: Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Bubba Wallace, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell and Justin Haley are the others.

“I think we should constantly move to another schedule, have better places to go, really differentiate ourselves,” said Bell, who is 58 points down with 12 runs left before the end of the season games.

“Going to the slopes, especially twice a year, like we do, I feel like it weakens the opportunity.

It would be great if we went to see scenes once a year or maybe every two years and just rotated the schedule to make each occasion more extraordinary and famous.

I think it would make every race a better arrangement.

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Surely there is no joking about Saint-Louis. Large numbers of fans emerged for the main practice meeting on Friday evening, and they were out early on Saturday for Cup qualifying with 30,000 or more expected for the midday truck race.

Pursuing Briscoe will sit on the pole for Sunday’s race. It’s sold out now, and involves more than 60,000 fans in the long show off, seats in turns 1 and 2, nearby camping areas and social areas.

As well as being new to many drivers, the current track is special: it has an egg shape with tight first and second corners and loose third and fourth corners.

That means drivers have to downshift twice toward the end of the front stretch and once toward the end of the rear stretch, which could make for a long day in temperatures expected to reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius).

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“It just helped me follow my direction to the track,” said Tyler Reddick of his own involvement in three Truck Series races at Gateway. “Other than that, I don’t know how much of a difference it makes.

It has been repaved. The vehicle is completely different. It’s comparable, but in many ways the whole truck experience didn’t help me by the way I arranged.

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