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Power Outage Postpones Truck Race

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 17 2010

Gateway International Raceway went dark Friday night, postponing the Camping World Truck Series race until Saturday. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)


A power outage at Gateway International Raceway forced postponement of Friday evening’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race.

The race has been rescheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The outage was being attributed to a downed power line on a nearby highway. Affected were track lights and the scoring pylon.

The Camping World 200  will be run as a doubleheader with the Nationwide Series’ Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at the 1.25-mile track.

Nationwide qualifying session and race to follow at 4:35 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET, respectively.

Kevin Harvick will start the truck race from pole after winning the top spot during Friday afternoon’s qualifying session. James Buescher will start from the  outside of the front row. Buescher and Brad Keselowski posted the exact same time during qualifying (33.767 seconds), but Buescher won the second-starting spot on an owners’ points tiebreaker.

The power failure occurred at 7:55 p.m. local time, approximately 23 minutes before the field was scheduled to take the green flag for the 160-lap event. One hour, 39 minutes later, the track announced the postponement, indicating that the problem was one that would take several more hours to fix.

Gateway is located in Madison, Ill., which is just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 17 2010
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