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A trip to St. Louis will play host to the second combination event for the K&N Pro Series East and West. (Barry Cantrell, NKP/NASCAR)

PIT BOX: K&N Pro Series Rolls Into Gateway For Second Combo Event

For the second and final time in 2019, the stars of the K&N Pro Series East and West will clash for a combination event, putting bragging rights on the line in St. Louis in the Monaco Cocktails Gateway Classic 125 presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.

With a rivalry ignited in the East and the championship still there for the taking in the West, Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway is the perfect backdrop for Round 10 of the K&N Pro Series season this weekend.



Following their Bristol tangle, all eyes will be on the hottest rivalry in all of NASCAR between Sam Mayer and Chase Cabre.

Mayer, who leads the K&N Pro East championship by 22 points over Cabre, won the first combination event at Iowa Speedway and is the favorite to win again this weekend. Cabre, though, will make sure the Franklin, Wisconsin native has a tough task in doing so this weekend and closing out the year with a championship.

Fresh off his runner-up result at Evergreen, Derek Kraus leads the K&N Pro West championship race by 18, his largest lead of the season. The Bill McAnally Racing driver won this race one year ago, his third  of four trophies earned in the series. A repeat performance will go a long way in securing his first championship.

Monaco Cocktails 125 Event Logo StandardBut Trevor Huddleston is still right there. With the combined car count, an unfortunate evening for Kraus and a good performance from the two-time winner this season can put him right back in the thick of things for the K&N Pro West championship. After winning at Evergreen, Sunrise Ford is bringing that same car (which won by almost eight seconds) to Gateway.

Don’t count out Kraus’ teammate Hailie Deegan, either. Despite falling out of second in the K&N Pro West standings, she sits 22 points behind. A win coupled with an off night for Kraus would put her right back in the title picture, something much needed given the team’s rough stretch.

DGR-Crosley has been in the midst of a winless streak dating back to early May at South Boston. Tanner Gray visited Victory Lane for the first time in his career that day, but since then, their best result has been second … four times by Ty Gibbs.

The one time Gibbs was able to get to Victory Lane? When he used a bump-and-run on Mayer in the final turns at Gateway in the ARCA Menards Series race there in June.

Spencer Davis is hotter than he’s ever been, and Gateway may be the perfect track to continue his hot streak. After winning the pole last season and leading 29 laps, his brakes gave out, forcing him to retire from the event. That heartbreak, coupled with last week’s domination at Bristol (led over 130 laps) has him hungrier than ever.

A plethora of drivers are making their Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway debuts. Parker Retzlaff, Max McLaughlin, Jagger Jones and Brittney Zamora are among them. Pair those rookies with the experienced ilk of Todd Souza, Ruben Garcia Jr. etc. and the show is bound to be a good one.


presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame
PLACE Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway
DATE Saturday, August 24, 2019
TIME 4:45 p.m. EDT
TELEVISION FansChoice.TV (live), 4:35 p.m. CDT; NBCSN – Thursday, August 29, 6 p.m. EDT
TRACK LAYOUT 1.25-mile paved oval
2018 WINNER Derek Kraus
2018 POLE Spencer Davis
EVENT SCHEDULE Garage opens: 7:30 a.m. CDT; Final practice: 9-10:30 a.m.; Group qualifying: 12:30 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 3-4 p.m.; Driver introductions: 4:30 p.m.; Monaco Cocktails 125: 4:35 p.m.
HASHTAG #KNEAST, #KNWEST #MC125 #BattleoftheCoasts


CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Monaco Cocktails Gateway Classic 125 presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is limited to 26 starters, including provisional positions. The first 18 drivers will secure starting positions based on qualifying for the Monaco Cocktails Gateway Classic 125 The remaining eight spots will be awarded through the provisional process (four provisionals for K&N East, four provisionals for K&N West).

The number of groups for qualifying will be determined by NASCAR. Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 24th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete. Once a vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete the vehicle must proceed directly to the designated impound area once it enters pit road. In the event of a caution, all vehicles must exit the track. Vehicles that elect to continue must proceed directly to the re-entry area of pit road and stop to the outside of pit road. No adjustments or repairs may be made to any vehicle on pit road or in the re-entry area during a caution except the removal of tape on the grille opening only, once removed the reinstallation of tape will not be permitted.

Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. Vehicles must qualify on race set up. Only minor adjustments will be permitted following qualifying (i.e. air pressure checked, tape removed). NASCAR Officials must oversee and authorize any and all work being done during this time period.

The Monaco Cocktails Gateway Classic 125 will be 125 laps (156.25 miles) and is to be run in two (2) segments with a five (5) minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 63.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and to begin the race and four (4) additional tires for use during the break for a total of twelve (12) tires.

A team representative must designate qualifying and race tires to NASCAR Officials at the designated time. Teams will be allowed to introduce a maximum of one (1) set of tires from home or transfer one (1) set from the Friday open test to utilize for the official practice session(s) on Saturday. Tires must be proper code and registered with NASCAR Officials prior to the beginning of the practice sessions.

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Gateway has always produced great, side-by-side racing. With a larger car count, 2019 will be no different. (Barry Cantrell, NKP/NASCAR)