Everything you need to know for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, the 15th regular season event of the 2022 campaign.
Race day info 📝
Where: Madison, Ill.
Approximate start time: 3:30 p.m. ET | Full weekend program
TV/Radio: Radio NASCAR FS1, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM | Full TV lineup
Provide: 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with highs near 82 degrees, according to NOAA.gov | Weather tracking
Race distance: 240 rounds | 300 miles
Steps: 45 | 140 | 240
Pit road speed: 45 mph
Warning car speed: 50 mph
Gateway 101: Get the full detail
Starting lineup: Where pilots will start
Pit stops: where the riders will go to the pits
Key things to watch out for 🔑
Great story line
Is it someone’s race? Or does a pilot have the upper hand? Joey Logano has won two of the last five inaugural Cup Series races and two of the last three on oval circuits (Kyle Larson won at the Nashville Superspeedway). And those races, the electric Food City Dirt Race and the monumental Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum, were perhaps two of the most unpredictable races the series had seen in some time. Logano simply has a knack for performing well in the unknown on the biggest stage. But just how much of the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is ranked as “the unknown”? Many Cup Series riders have experience on the 1.25 mile flat track of the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series, among others. In fact, a handful of them have even won here before. Sunday’s showdown will be a battle of inaugural race tendencies, past experience and Next Gen nerfs.
Who fired? Who is not ?
After a shaky and inconsistent start to the 2022 season, Christopher Bell flipped the switch. Bell rides high after a fifth-place finish in the 600-mile marathon at Charlotte Motor Speedway, extending his six-first streak to four in a row. Alongside Toyota’s resurgence, #20 Joe Gibbs Racing driver is keeping up the pace and recently made a strong statement on the 1.5-mile tracks. Entering an unfamiliar track in a somewhat unfamiliar Next Gen car, momentum could be everything for Bell and company as they push for their first victory since the Daytona Road Course in February 2021.
If you break down Brad Keselowski’s start to the season, his results have been mediocre at best. Across 14 regular season races, RFK Racing’s #6 driver-owner has just one top 10 finish and a slew of finishes outside the top 20. He also crashed early at Darlington Raceway and in Charlotte, dropping him to 30th in the Cup. Ranking of the series. However, after just 14 races into the season, the series’ first World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is the perfect time for an experienced and seasoned veteran to step up a gear. And he has experience here. In eight starts combined in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, Keselowski has one win, three top fives and four top 10s. Although he’s struggled this season, don’t be surprised if the 2012 champion shows up on his A game.
Driving under the radar
If Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hasn’t been part of your Fantasy Live lineup for the past few weeks, you’ve been missing something. Stenhouse is quietly but steadily putting together the most impressive campaign of his entire Cup Series career, barring his multi-win season in 2017. Stenhouse and JTG Daugherty Racing notched an organization-record four consecutive finishes of eighth or better, marking the first time Stenhouse has achieved the feat at the top level. If not for a disastrous start to 2022, he could very well be among the top drivers this season based on his consistency in recent weeks. And he may even get more credit and attention than he is now. However, sitting 24th in the standings, the No. 47 group still has a lot of work to do to get the series back on track. Likely needing a win to qualify for the NASCAR Playoff Round of 16, Stenhouse’s name should be near the top of the pile of dark horse contenders.
Practice and qualification
Friday’s one-hour practice session was a breath of fresh air for teams and drivers to get more seat time ahead of this weekend’s race. Unsurprisingly, Logano once again proved his prowess, innovating at Gateway with the fastest lap of the session. Team Penske were at the top of their game at the start with a 1-2-3 sweep in practice, while some of the race one favorites fell a bit in the standings. But with a key position on the track in qualifying on Saturday, Chase Briscoe rose to the challenge and won his first Busch Light Pole award of his career. Based on last week’s fearless performances at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it wasn’t too surprising that Camp No. 14 once again had blistering speed here. Briscoe and his team appear to have found a rhythm and may have fans rethinking their favorites for Sunday’s race. | Starting lineup, qualification recap | Complete recap of the practice
Race day essentials ✅
Our biggest bits of the week – get covered for race day from every angle.
• Paint scheme preview: Gateway and Portland Weekend 2022 | Choose a favorite
• Power ratings: Bookending by the Busch Brothers as June arrives | Latest Driver Rankings
• Fantastic Fast Lane: Build on Gateway’s experience | Top games, sleepers
• NASCAR Bet: World Wide Technology Raceway Odds | Race favourites, underdogs
• Drivers at the rear: Key experience at World Wide Technology Raceway? | Watch the debate
Catch the pack 💨
Read headlines from the week leading up to Sunday’s race.
• Pit-road battle: Hamlin and Logano debated the incident at Charlotte Motor Speedway | Read more
• Truex Jr.: Thinking ahead, should know more details soon | Read more
• COVID-19[FEMALE:[FEMININE:Protocols, positive test on the sidelines Chris Buescher at Gateway | All the details
• Milestone: NASCAR reaches 20 million miles driven on renewable fuel | Learn more
• Justin Haley: Kaulig Racing and Haley still looking for consistency in the Cup Series | Story, analysis
• Sold out in Saint-Louis: World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway announces the race is sold out | Read more
• Club 600: Sunday’s start at Gateway is the 600th Cup start for Martin Truex Jr. | See who’s in the club
• Around the world : Trackhouse Racing drivers excited for PROJECT91 | Read more
•Hendrick Motorsport: Organization to participate in three Xfinity races in 2022 | More details
• Additions: NASCAR Adds Eight New Automotive Performance Suppliers to Successful Competition Program | Learn more
• Specials: The Hendrick organization promotes senior leaders to lead four key areas | Read more
• Phoenix Racetrack: 2022 Cup Series championship sold out, racing set to return in 2023 | Whole story
• Triple Truck Challenge: The Truck Series promotion returns for the 2022 season | Learn more
Get in on the action 💰
Think you know NASCAR? Test your mettle with play, fantasy.
• PariMGM: Abundant inexperience for the inaugural race on Sunday | Read more
• The Action Network: How to bet Tyler Reddick vs. Chase Briscoe | Expert advice
• Top picks: Which drivers are the best first bets for St. Louis? | Read more
• Play live: Complete NASCAR Fantasy Live 2022 Game Guide | Get the FAQ
• Go until the end : 2022 Cup Series Championship Odds | See them here
First impression 💐
With another new track making its Cup Series debut, take a look at the relevant history leading up to Gateway.
• Gateway to Victory: See the Cup Stars who won at WWT Raceway | Full list here
• First time for everything: Winners of the last inaugural races of the Cup Series | View all
• Virtual view: eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series goes green at WWT Raceway | Watch the climax
Fast facts ⏩
Hard-hitting, race-relevant stats from the experts at Racing Insights.
• Nine drivers slated to compete this weekend have won the Xfinity Series and/or the Truck Series at Gateway.
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has finished in the top 10 in the last four races, his longest Cup Series top-10 streak and also JTG Daugherty’s longest.
• Two of Denny Hamlin’s three top 10 finishes in 2022 are wins. The last driver to win multiple wins with just three top 10 finishes in 14 races in a season was Derrike Cope in 1990.
• The pass for the win came in the final 10 laps of 11 of 14 regular-season races in 2022.
• Kyle Larson is on a 12-race winless streak, the longest of his career with Hendrick Motorsports.
Say what? 🎙
Notable quotes from sports stars ahead of Sunday’s race.
• “The opportunity that Matt Kaulig, Chris Rice and LeafFilter give me to drive their car – we’re in it together. And Matt and Chris and LeafFilter, they don’t have unreal expectations. We’re extremely realistic about where where we think we should be. We don’t think we’re going to go out there every weekend and win and blow the world on fire. But it’s a possibility.” — Justin Haley, driver of Chevrolet # 31 Kaulig Racing (via Haley’s report before Gateway)
• “It’s exciting, I think especially for the team leaders. When you watch this 15 minutes of practice and now we have an hour they’re probably keen to try a bunch of different things that they’ve thought of in their head and talk to engineers so I think you’re going to see a lot of guys trying some things because now we’re at the point where everyone probably has a bit of a baseline on where they’re at with these cars but now you’re going to try a few different little things to get that a little bit more speed , so with that hour-long practice, I think you’ll definitely see guys trying out different setups and things like that. It will be cool. It will be interesting. Gateway is a difficult trail to grasp as they are two different ends. There are going to be a lot of changes as we said before, so we’ll see who comes out on top. — Cole Custer, #41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driver
• “I feel like it’s going to be quite difficult to pass. I expect to switch gears at both ends of the track every lap, so we’re going to have our hands full. Qualifying and pit road execution will be very important to maintaining our position throughout the race, so we will have to be on our game all weekend. — Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.