NASCAR is Trucking Its Way Back to Sonoma

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be back at Sonoma Raceway for the DoorDash 250 on Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR radio for the first time in 24 years.

The Camping World Truck Series last competed at Sonoma Raceway in 1995. In total, the series has made four appearances at Sonoma Raceway from 1995 to 1998 with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. winning the inaugural race. Dave Rezendes won the following year in 1996 and Joe Ruttman won in 1997. The last driver to win at Sonoma Raceway in the Truck Series was Boris Said in 1998.

None of the 39 drivers entered this weekend have made a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Sonoma Raceway but eight of the drivers entered this weekend have made NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma – Todd Bodine, Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman, Ross Chastain, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon and Parker Kligerman.

The on-track action will begin on Friday, June 10 with practice at 6:05 p.m. ET followed by qualifying on Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m. ET (TV coverage will start at 2 p.m. ET on FS1).

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Next Race: DoorDash 250

The Place: Sonoma Raceway

The Date: Saturday, June 11

The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

The Purse: $675,134

TV: FS1, 7 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 149 miles (75 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 45), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 75)

Cup Series regulars to kick off their Sonoma weekend with the Truck Series 

Although a new track for most of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers entered in this weekend’s DoorDash 250 (June 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), some have already given the road course a go, such as NASCAR Cup Series regulars Alex Bowman, Austin Dillon, Ross Chastain and Kyle Busch.

Bowman will once again be joining Spire Motorsports in the No. 7 Chevrolet for his second Truck Series start of the season. His first series start this season was at COTA where he finished 25th. He comes into Sonoma with five Cup Series starts at the track posting two top 10s.

Dillon will be making his second appearance in the Camping World Truck Series this season in the No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet. He has given the Sonoma road course a go seven times in the Cup Series and has a best finish of 13th-place last season.

Chastain has been making it a point to keep up with his truck-driving skills. He’s posted four Truck Series starts this season with Niece Motorsports and already proved his abilities with a win in Charlotte. He hasn’t been behind the wheel of a truck at Sonoma, but he did post a road course Cup Series win at COTA earlier this season and posted a seventh-place finish last year at Sonoma.

Although Chastain has a good chance to add another Truck Series win to his resume this weekend, Busch isn’t going to make it easy on him. Busch has vast experience at Sonoma with 16 starts, two wins, six top fives and eight top 10s in the Cup Series. On top of that, he’s had 164 Truck Series starts with 61 wins, 110 top fives and 132 top 10s. As the only driver with a Sonoma win on the grid and with 20 years of truck experience, he’s sure to lead the field on Saturday.

Heim jumps to Sunoco Rookie standings lead after Gateway

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings had a major shakeup this past weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway as Corey Heim jumped from third to first among rookies after his overtime-win in the Toyota 200. Heim, driving part-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports, has managed to take the lead in the rookie standings having only ran six of the 11 total races this season. His control of the rookie title can also be attributed to his other win this season at Atlanta. He joins Zane Smith as the only other Camping World Truck Series driver with multiple wins this season, as well as being the lone rookie to make it to Victory Lane. Heim has continued to show speed in his most recent string of starts, scoring three front-row starting positions, two top-five finishes and one win (Gateway). The rest of the rookie field will have a chance to catch up in the standings as Kyle Busch will be piloting the #51 KBM Toyota this weekend at Sonoma.

Prior to last week’s race, Lawless Alan held the lead in the Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie standings. Alan, now sitting second in rookie points, drove the #45 team to their fifth top-20 finish this season, the most among full-time rookies. Being one of two rookies for Niece Motorsports, Alan will go to Sonoma looking to distance himself from teammate Dean Thompson, as well gain ground on an inactive Corey Heim. As for Thompson, he will look to build on a 14th-place finish at Gateway while also hoping to improve on being fourth in the rookie standings ladder. Thompson previously finished sixth in his lone other start at Sonoma during 2019’s ARCA Menard’s Series West race at the track.

Jack Wood, driver for GMS Racing and native of Looming, California, will be returning home to make headway in Sonoma after a 19th-place outing at Gateway last weekend. Sitting third in the series rookie standings, Wood will be coming back to a track he last raced at in 2019 in the ARCA Menards Series West where he finished 16th.

Blaine Perkins of CR7 Motorsports scored a DNF the last time the Truck Series went to a road course at COTA, running into transmission issues three laps into the race. His team hopes for Saturday to not be a repeat of those events as Perkins looks to enhance his fifth place standing among rookies after a 22nd-place finish at Gateway.

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Country Music star Chris Lane to perform post-race concert on Saturday – American country singer and songwriter Chris Lane will perform on Saturday, June 11 at Sonoma Raceway. The post-race concert will begin at 7 p.m. following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series DoorDash 250 race at the Trackside Live Stage in the Fan Zone.

The Kernersville, N.C. native once had visions of a potential professional baseball career but instead turned to music after injuries sidelined his sports aspirations. He created a music album while recovering from his baseball injuries which helped capture the attention of Nashville-based Big Loud Records.

“We’re looking forward to having Chris Lane lead our fans to a night full of high-energy entertainment,” said Sonoma Raceway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jill Gregory. “Plus, you can’t beat a night of country music, fast cars, and good times.”

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