The Toyota 200 is set to race on Saturday at WWTR

MADISON — Look out, here are the trucks, whose drivers plan to heat up the oval at World Wide Technology Raceway on a big Saturday.

The Toyota 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race takes place Saturday at WWTR as part of the NASCAR weekend in the St. Louis area. Saturday’s race will allow the tracks to warm up for Sunday’s first NASCAR Cup Series race in St. Louis, the Enjoy Illinois 300.

The start time is 12:30 p.m. after a NASCAR Cup Series qualifying morning that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday’s race is the 11th of the NASCAR Truck Series season.

“Our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race has been a staple on our calendar since 2014,” said Curtis Francois, owner and CEO of WWTR, “and has consistently produced incredible racing action.

“Combining the Truck Series and the NASCAR Cup Series on the same weekend was the perfect complement to our schedule,” he said. “World Wide Technology Raceway will have two full days of historic entertainment.”

The race will feature 160 laps on the 1.25 mile oval track. The race has been held every year since 1998 except in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

There will be around 40 teams vying to make the cut, but four of them will head home when qualifying for the 36-truck field ends on Friday.

The list of entries includes Hailie Deegan, Jesse Little, Jordan Anderson, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Hill, Blaine Perkins, Spencer Boyd, Johnny Sauter, Tanner Gray, Tyler Ankrum, Taylor Gray, Chandler Smith, Derek Kraus, Matt Mills, Austin Wayne Auto, Grant Finallyger, Jack Wood, Matt Dibenedetto, Tate Fogleman.

Mason Maggio, Jake Garcia, Zane Smith, Dean Thompson, Carson Hocevar, Blake Lothian, Kris Wright, Lawless Alan, Corey Heim, Stewart Friesen, Timmy Hill, Chase Purdy, Ty Majeski, Matt Crafton, Justin Carroll, Colby Howard, Christian Eckes , Ben Rhodes and Brennan Poole.

Heim will drive the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports car; Anderson will drive his #3 Chevrolet Silverado and Hill will drive his family racing team’s #5.

Heim participated in a rookie test at WWTR in May. He completed over 150 laps in the one-day test. Heim is a candidate for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year 2022 Truck Series award. He is third in the standings.

In January, it was announced that the race at WWTR would be the first leg of the three-race NASCAR Triple Truck Challenge. The race will pay an additional $50,000 to the winner if they are a Truck Series regular. If a driver sweeps the series and wins all three, they will win $500,000.

The second and third Triple Truck Challenge races are Nashville Superspeedway on June 24 and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on July 9.

The WWTR Camping World Truck Series races established many young drivers as top talent, including Bubba Wallace Jr., Cole Custer, Christopher Bell and Ross Chastain. Sheldon Creed’s victory at WWTR in 2020 helped cement his series championship.

Although the weekend will mark the first Cup Series race at WWTR, several Toyota drivers have scored victories there.

Bubba Wallace in 2014 and Christopher Bell in 2016 were winners at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series track and Kyle Busch won there in 2009 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

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