- Race: 2:00pm/et, Saturday, August 13, 2011 in Watkins Glen, NY
- Length: 82 Laps, 200.9 miles
- TV: ESPN - 1:00pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $910,170
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Dr. Jerry Punch, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch
Kurt Busch wins at Watkins Glen: #22-Kurt Busch, filling in for Brad Keselowski, won the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. He took the lead with 5 laps to go when #18-Kyle Busch had to pit and then held off #7-Jimmie Johnson on a green-white checker finish. It is Busch's 3rd career Nationwide series win and his first since Watkins Glen in 2006. #7-Jimmie Johnson finished second, followed by #20-Joey Logano, #18-Kyle Busch, #60-Carl Edwards, #33-Paul Menard, #5-Ron Fellows, #88-Aric Almirola, #16-Trevor Bayne, and #2-Elliott Sadler. There were 2 cautions for 5 laps and 6 lead changes among 2 leaders. The attendance was estimated at 40,000. Complete results are posted on the Watkins Glen race results page.(8-13-2011)
Watkins Glen Race Fast Facts:
Kurt Busch(i) won the 17th Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen, his third victory in 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Watkins Glen International.
Jimmie Johnson(i) (second) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at Watkins Glen International. It is his first top-10 finish in 2011.
Joey Logano(i) (third) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Watkins Glen International.
Blake Koch (29th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 10 points over Reed Sorenson.
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen and their finish
Caution 1: #67-Fitzpatrick, 38th
Caution 2: #87-Nemechek, 11th
Driver standings following Watkins Glen:
1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 816
2) #32-Reed Sorenson 806 -10
3) #2-Elliott Sadler 792 -24
4) #88-Aric Almirola 746 -70
5) #31-Justin Allgaier 736 -80
6) #38-Jason Leffler 703 -113
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 686 -130
8) #66-Steve Wallace 636 -180
9) #11-Brian Scott 626 -190
10) #62- Michael Annett 623 -193
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(8-13-2011)
Owner Standings following Watkins Glen are posted. The top 30 in owners points who have attempted all races are locked in at Montreal.(8-13-2011)
Kurt Busch on pole at Watkins Glen: #22-Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 123.241mph, a new track record. #18-Kyle Busch will start second. The rest of the top 10:#60-Carl Edwards, #2-Elliott Sadler, #5-Ron Fellows, #7-Jimmie Johnson, #33-Paul Menard, #20-Joey Logano, #38-Jason Leffler, and #30-James Buescher. Did Not Qualify: #46-Chase Miller, #47-Brian Keselowski, #41-Tomy Drissi, #50-Brian Simo, and #42-Tim Andrews. The starting lineup is posted on the Watkins Glen starting lineup page.(8-13-2011)
Watkins Glen Qualifying Notes:
Kurt Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 17th Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen with a lap of 71.567 seconds, 123.241 mph - a new track record. Previous track record was held by Marcos Ambrose with a speed of 122.410 mph (8/7/2010).
This is his third pole in 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2011.
This is his third pole in three races at Watkins Glen International.
Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2011 and his fourth in five races at Watkins Glen International.
Carl Edwards(i) (third) posted his third top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his 21st in 22 races this season.
Timmy Hill (32nd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Menard fastest in only Watkins Glen practice: #33-Paul Menard was fastest during the only practice session for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 122.115mph. #2-Elliott Sadler was second, followed by: #7-Jimmie Johnson, #22-Kurt Busch, #5-Ron Fellows, #18-Kyle Busch, #60-Carl Edwards, #38-Jason Leffler, #20-Joey Logano, and #88-Aric Almirola. Complete results are posted on the Watkins Glen practice results page.(8-12-2011)
Entry List: UPDATES: There are 50 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. Some notes:
Ron Fellows is in the #5 for JR Motorsports;
Jimmie Johnson will drive the JR Motorsports #7;
Dan Brode is listed as the driver of the #13 for Jennifer Jo Cobb;
Tim George will drive the RCR #21;
Alex Kennedy returns to the #23 for R3 Motorsports;
Casey Roderick will drive the #39 for Go Green Racing;
Josh Wise is in the #40 for Key Motorsports;
The Jimmy Means #52 is TBA;
Andrew Ranger will drive the #53;
Jason Bowles will drive the #64 for Rusty Wallace.(8-8-2011)
UPDATE: Dan Clarke will drive the Means #52 and the #55 team has withdrawn.(8-10-2011)
UPDATE 2: Kurt Busch will sub for Brad Keselowski. Mike Harmon has withdrawn his #74 team.(8-10-2011)
UPDATE 3: Kyle Kelley will be in the NEMCO #97.(8-11-2011)
UPDATE 4: T.J. Bell is now listed as the driver of the #13 and Brian Simo in the #50.(8-11-2011)
UPDATE 5: J.J Yeley has been added in the #82 for MacDonald Motorsports, the Rick Ware #71 team withdrew and Chris Cook moves to the #75, Brian Keselowski will drive the #47.(8-12-2011)
See the complete list on the Watkins Glen entry list page.
Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series Go Road Racing Live on ESPN: The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race this weekend on the road course at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and ESPN will have live telecasts of both events on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be run on Sunday, Aug. 14, with the telecast presented by GoDaddy.com. The NASCAR Countdown pre-race show kicks off the day at noon ET with the race's green flag at 1:18 p.m.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series race telecast on Saturday, Aug. 13, begins at 1 p.m. with NASCAR Countdown presented by OneMain Financial with the race's green flag at 2:18 p.m. Analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree will join lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick in the booth to call the action.Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Dr. Jerry Punch, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Nicole Briscoe with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.(ESPN)(-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Friday, August 12th
7:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
1:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:00 PM-4:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, August 13th
6:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:45 AM NNS QUALIFYING (NASCAR ROAD RACE QUALIFYING)
11:25 AM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER )
1:30 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION-SECURITY
2:00 PM NNS RACE (82 LAPS, 200.9 MILES)
2:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Stenhouse’s Comeback Season Stuff Of Legend
Heading to Watkins Glen on Saturday, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. can reflect on how his career has come full circle from this time last season.
In 2010, Stenhouse was taken out of the No. 6 Ford for this race, forced to watch Roush Fenway Racing teammate Bill Johnson work the seven turns at Watkins Glen after having a rough start to his season, posting five DNFs and a DNQ. Things have changed drastically.
Now, Stenhouse has slid himself ‘sideways and backwards’ into the spotlight of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, skidding over the start/finish line last Saturday at Iowa Speedway for the win after teammate Carl Edwards slammed into the back of his No. 6 Ford. The 23-year-old, Olive Branch, Miss. native retained the lead in the series standings with the Iowa sweep.
Stenhouse is having a championship caliber season. The list: He holds a 12-point lead over second-place Reed Sorenson; he leads the series in top-10 finishes (17) and is tied for the series lead in top-five finishes (10) with Elliott Sadler; he’s the first series-only regular to have multiple wins in a season since Brad Keselowski did it in 2009.
Road-course racing dominates the upcoming schedule, with Watkins Glen and Montreal on deck. After the Zippo 200 at the Glen on Saturday, Stenhouse plans to get some more seat time by running in the GRAND-AM race with RFR teammate David Ragan.
“We are going to go to these road courses and try and get solid top 10s out of them,” Stenhouse said. “We were looking at the schedules and after we clear these road courses, we have 10 really good race tracks that we have run really well at,” Stenhouse said.
Double-Duty Drivers Flock To Road Course
Seat time is vital, especially when there are few opportunities, like on road courses. Hence, the double-duty spike this weekend.
Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join JR Motorsports teammate Ron Fellows this Saturday. It will be Johnson’s first race in the series since 2008.
Johnson spent two full seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 2000-01 before moving to NASCAR Sprint Cup. He’s competed in 19 series races since, but hasn’t fared as well as he has in the premier series. His average finish in those races is 19th, with five DNFs.
Additionally, Paul Menard, fresh off his Brickyard 400 win, will drive the No. 33 Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc., Brad Keselowski will return to the series after his one-week absence due to his left ankle injury and Carl Edwards will be in the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.
Also, Joe Gibbs Racing tandem Joey Logano and Kyle Bush are entered. Busch will be attempting to capture his 50th series win, which would put him as the sole leader on the all-time series wins list. He currently is tied with Mark Martin with 49 wins.
’Road’ Rage For Near-Victors
The last time Justin Allgaier and Ron Fellows were on a NASCAR Nationwide Series road course, both thought they had wins in the bag.
In June at Road America, Allgaier was leading on the last lap – a caution lap no less – but ran out of gas before being able to cross the finish line. During that same caution, Fellows was penalized for passing the leader – Sorenson – under yellow. Believing he was on the way to a win, he instead was crushed to learn he had been placed back into his original position – second – after the checkered flag.
Needless to say, both drivers might be experiencing a bit of “road rage” upon their arrival at Watkins Glen.
Fellows has three series wins at The Glen, which ties Marcos Ambrose for second all-time behind Terry Labonte’s four. But he hasn’t won there since 2001. Fellows also is tied for the most series poles there, with two. He has one win for JR Motorsports, a victory two years ago at Montreal.
Allgaier has a three-pronged reason for road-course revenge: In order to stay in the championship race, he needs a solid finish. He’s currently fifth, 83 points behind leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Also, he’d like to improve upon his Watkins Glen finishes – 34th last season due to engine failure, and 17th in his 2009 series track debut.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced that it has signed Ryan Truex to drive in six races this season in the organization’s NASCAR Nationwide Series program. Truex will drive the No. 20 Toyota at Atlanta, Richmond, Chicago, Dover, Kansas and Phoenix. … Possible upcoming milestones: Chase Miller will attempt to make his 50th series start. … Joe Nemechek, the 1992 series champion, goes for his 75th top-five series finish. … Casey Roderick, 18, who recently served as a development driver with Bill Elliott Racing, will attempt his series debut at Watkins Glen.
Goodyear Tire Notes
Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials
Number of Tires:
Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend
D-4468 (same tire code on all four tire positions)
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
Left Rear – 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4468) at Watkins Glen this weekend . . . NASCAR teams run the same tire code on all four tire positons on road courses . . . Nationwide teams ran this tire at Elkhart Lake earlier this season . . . this is the first time teams in either of these two series have run this code at Watkins Glen . . . compared to what was run at The Glen last season, this tire features the same compound, but returns to the stiffer sidewall construction that was run in 2009 . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.
Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring 800 wet weather radials (D-4215) to Watkins Glen for use by Nationwide Series teams only, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant.
Additional Watkins Glen Nationwide Race Info: