CONCORD, N.C. - The NASCAR Cup Series will travel to WWT Raceway for the first time in series history for this weekend's 300-mile race.
The 1.25-mile track located outside of St. Louis in Madison, Illinois, will host the 15th event on the 2022 Cup regular season schedule.
New tracks on the Cup Series schedule have brought great results for Hendrick Motorsports recently. The team has won four of the last six races on tracks making their first start in the top series with Chase Elliott winning at Road America and Circuit of The Americas in 2021 as well as the Daytona Road Course in 2020. Kyle Larson won the first Cup event at Nashville Superspeedway last summer in his championship season.
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This is also the first race in Illinois since the 2019 race at Chicagoland Speedway. That was won by Alex Bowman for his first career Cup win, which came when he was driving the No. 88.
The quartet of Hendrick Motorsports drivers enter this weekend in the top-10 in points. Elliott is atop the standings with a 34-point lead over Ross Chastain, William Byron sits in seventh, Bowman ranks eighth and Larson is ninth. Only Byron has a NASCAR national series start to his name at WWT Raceway, which came in a 2016 Camping World Truck Series race.
Here is what you need to know to catch the action this weekend.
WHAT TIME IS PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING?
There will be a 50-minute practice session for the full field that starts at 5:05 p.m. ET on Friday, June 3. Group qualifying will take place at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 4. Byron, Bowman and Larson are in Group A, while Elliott is in Group B. Both events will be televised on FOX Sports 1.
WHAT TIME IS THE RACE?
The 240-lap race is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 5, and will be broadcast on FS1. Stage 1 will end at lap 45, stage two will conclude at lap 140 and the event is scheduled to end on lap 240.
CAN I LISTEN ON THE RADIO?
You can tune in on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90).
CAN I STREAM ONLINE?
WHAT CHANNEL IS FS1?
It varies by location, but this link allows viewers to find the channels by entering their zip code and selecting their television provider.
FIVE FAST FACTS HEADING INTO ST. LOUIS
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3: In Elliott's Cup career, three of his 14 wins have come in the first start at a track new to the series.
9: Bowman's best mark of top-10s through 14 races, which has come this season. Five of those results have been in the last six races. Last season, the driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 didn’t get his ninth top-10 finish until the 18th race at Pocono Raceway.
11: Larson and Byron have each led in this number of races in 2022. For both drivers, it stands as their most races led through 14 events in any single season.
31: The number of different tracks – the most among active teams – that Hendrick Motorsports has won at in the Cup Series to compile its 285 wins.
98: Miles to be led before Hendrick Motorsports crosses 100,000 miles led in the sport’s top series. For that mark to be reached at the 1.25-mile oval, the team will need to lead 79 laps.