First responders honored at NASCAR’s “Drivin’ for Linemen 200” race at Gateway

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – NASCAR is returning to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois for the first time since 2010. The inaugural “Drivin’ for Linemen 200” race will honor a unique group of first responders; the utility linemen of America and the electrical industry.

The linemen are among the first responders during natural disasters. Ameren linemen met with nascar driver TJ bell at Gateway. Bell went to linemen school so he could better understand the risks they face in their everyday jobs.

“These guys behind us you know are the unsung heroes of the United States. No one really realizes what these guys do until they  don’t have power you know so we’re just trying to bring all the awareness to these guys that go out in these nasty storms to do whatever to try and get our power back.” said NASCAR Driver TJ Bell.

“The linemen here we preach saftey all the time but its more imperative to them to go home to thei families.  So this being a Fathers Day, I think its two fold that they can love on these linemen and show them just how very important it is for them to come home.” said Ameren Supervisor  Kevin Young.

The NASCAR “Drivin’ for Linemen 200” will be on Father’s Day weekend, June 14th, under the lights in prime time on “FOX Sports One.”