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THE RACE: Zippo 200

TRACK: Watkins Glen International

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #21 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race: Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Watkins Glen, NY

Title Sponsor: Zippo

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:35pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage:ABC, 2:00 pm/et

  • Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, August 9th


Friday, August 10th


Saturday, August 11th

2:15 PM NNS RACE (82 LAPS, 200.9 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Watkins Glen International Race Results (pdf)
  • Edwards wins at Watkins Glen International: #60-Carl Edwards won the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. It's his 38th career Nationwide win and his first win of 2012 in his first race of the year. #22-Brad Keselowski finished second followed by #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #5-Ron Fellows, #54-Kyle Busch, #38-Kasey Kahne, #33-Paul Menard, #31-Justin Allgaier, and #11-Brian Scott. Points leader #2-Elliott Salder finished 12th. There were 5 cautions for 15 laps and 13 lead changes among 9 leaders. The estimated attendance was 40,000. Complete results are on the Watkins Glen International race results page (pdf).(8-11-2012)

  • Watkins Glen International Race Fast Facts:
    Carl Edwards(i) won the 18th Annual ZIPPO 200, his 38th victory in 245 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. Edwards's 38th win makes him solely third on the all-time NNS wins list breaking a tie with Kevin Harvick.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in eight races at Watkins Glen International.
    Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Watkins Glen International. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2012.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Watkins Glen International.
    Jason Bowles (17th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 13 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(8-11-2012)

  • Driver standings following Watkins Glen International:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler 783
    2) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 770 -13
    3) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 759 -24
    4) #3-Austin Dillon # 754 -29
    5) #31-Justin Allgaier 709 -74
    6) #43-Michael Annett 674 -109
    7) #88-Cole Whitt # 622 -161
    8) #44-Mike Bliss 578 -205 -44
    9) #11-Brian Scott 520 -263 -58
    10) #87Joe Nemechek 492 -291
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-11-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Watkins Glen International are posted (pdf).(8-11-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen International: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #15-Cook, 37th
    Caution 2: none, #87 caused the caution.
    Caution 3: #88-Whitt, 24th
    Caution 4: #59-Kelly, 21st
    Caution 5: #75-Kenny Habul, 20th

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Hornish, Jr. on pole at Watkins Glen International: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. won the Coors Light Pole for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 122.454 mph. #60-Carl Edwards will start second. The rest of the top ten: #33-Paul Menard, #22-Brad Keselowski, #54-Kyle Busch, #18-Joey Logano, #2-Elliott Sadler, #31-Justin Allgaier, #11-Brian Scott, and #6-Ricy Stenhouse, Jr. Did Not Qualify: #26-John Young, #52-Ryan Ellis, #08-Louis-Phillipe Dumoulin, #00-Derek White. bThe starting lineup is posted on the Watkins Glen starting lineup page (pdf).(8-11-2012)

  • Watkins Glen International Qualifying Notes:
    Sam Hornish Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 18th Annual ZIPPO 200 with a lap of 72.027 seconds, 122.454 mph.
    This is his first pole in 54 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and 13th top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in two races at Watkins Glen International.
    Carl Edwards(i) (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2012 and his fourth in eight races at Watkins Glen International.
    Paul Menard(i) (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his fourth in four races this season.
    Cole Whitt (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(8-11-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Keselowski fastest in final practice: #22-Brad Keselowski was fastest during the only practice at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 118.250mph. #54-Kyle Busch was second, followed by: #20-Ryan Truex, #31-Justin Allgaier, #11-Brian Scott, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #5-Ron Fellows, #3-Austin Dillon, #88-Cole Whitt, and #30-Miguel Paludo. See complete results on the Watkins Glen practice speeds page (pdf).(8-10-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 48 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. A few notes:
    Derek White is entered in the #00 Chevy, a second car for the #24 team;
    Ron Fellows will drive the JRM #5;
    The #08 is TBA;
    Chirs Cook will be in the #15 for Rick Ware;
    The #23 for R3 Motorsports is TBA;
    Tim Connolly will drive the #24 for SR2 Motorsports;
    John Young will be in the #26 Chevy;
    Mathew Bell will drive the #39 for Go Green;
    The Jimmy Means #52 is TBA;
    Eric Curran will be in the #53 Dodge;
    Kyle Kelley will drive his #59 Chevy;
    Joe Nemechek will move to the #97 while Alex Kennedy is in the NEMCO #87.(8-6-2012)
    UPDATE: Louis-Philippe Dumoulin will drive the #08. Ryan Ellis will drive the #52.(8-7-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Dexter Stacey will be in the #23 for R3 Motorsports. The #50 team of TJ Bell has withdrawn.(8-10-2012)
    UPDATE 3: Alex Popow will drive the #19 for TriStar, in place of Tayler Malsam.(8-10-2012)
    See the complete list on the Watkins Glen entry list page.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen: The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will go road racing this weekend with events at historic Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12. ESPN will have a live telecast of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race, with NASCAR Countdown at noon ET and the race's green flag at 1:18 p.m. Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race airs on ABC, with NASCAR Countdown at 2 p.m. and the green flag at 2:33 p.m. Also from Watkins Glen, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Nationwide Series qualifying at 9:30 a.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.(ESPN)(8-6-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: 2,025; Nationwide: 1,000

  • Set limits:
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Code:
    D-4468 (same on all four tire positions)

  • Tire Circumference:
    88.6 in. (2,251 mm)

  • 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 tire at Watkins Glen this weekend . . . they will run the same tire code (D-4468) on all four tire positions . . . this is the same tire code that these teams ran at Watkins Glen last season . . . Sprint Cup teams also ran this code on all four tire positions at Infineon Raceway earlier this season, and on the right-side for the last two races at Martinsville . . . Nationwide teams have also run this code at Elkhart Lake in each of the last two seasons, and will run it at Montreal next weekend . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.
    Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear has also brought 675 wet weather radials (D-4215) to Watkins Glen for use by Nationwide Series teams only, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant.

NASCAR News & Notes

    International Competitors, Former Champs, Open Wheel Stars To Strap In
    Seven high-speed turns await the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend, but what is most surprising is Watkins Glen International will see its first different winner since 2001  guaranteed.
    None of the subsequent winners including Kurt Busch, last year’s Glen champion, are entered. To become a first-time Glen winner, however, will require vanquishing Canadian Ron Fellows. The international road-racing star is the only previous winner in the field and will be behind the wheel of the JR Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet. 
    Fellows has made 11 series starts at Watkins Glen, posting two poles, three wins (1998, ’00, ’01), five top fives and eight top 10s. 
    Fellows is not the only international competitor this weekend. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Miguel Paludo, from Nova Prata, Brazil, is in the Turner Motorsports No. 30 Chevrolet that won earlier this year at Daytona and Road America. Victor Gonzalez Jr., from San Juan, Puerto Rico, is in the RAB Racing No. 99 Toyota this weekend.
    Making his much anticipated return to the series, Carl Edwards (2007) is one of five former series champions entered this weekend. Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Green and Joe Nemechek are the others. 
    Edwards’ last series start came nearly nine months ago on Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Edwards has made seven series starts at Watkins Glen, posting two top fives including his third-place finish last season. Joey Logano, Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne are a few other NSCS competitors scheduled to pull double duty this weekend.
    Last but not least, Danica Patrick and Sam Hornish Jr. look to pull from their former open wheel days to make for a successful weekend at The Glen. Hornish finished fifth with Patrick 12th at Road America, the series’ first road course race of the season in June.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Returns To The Road
    The NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Watkins Glen this Saturday for the second of three road races.
    On June 23, Nelson Piquet Jr. won at Road America. The third road race is at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Aug. 18. The ZIPPO 200 and the next two races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve are wild-card races in the championship title hunt and might come down to road-course experience. 
    Points leader Elliott Sadler has the most experience of the four contenders. He has a combined 31 road-course starts in the top two series with one top-five and nine top-10 finishes.  
    Last year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 15th at Watkins Glen. In six road-course races, he has one top-10 finish. Stenhouse placed 11th at Road America earlier this year. Sam Hornish Jr. finished fifth at Road America in June. In nine starts between the top two series, he has one top-five and one top-10 finish. Austin Dillon, however, has limited experience on road courses. Saturday’s race will only be his second road-course start. In his first road-course race he finished 18th. 

    Sadler Cushions Points Lead With Strong Outing In Iowa
    After securing his fourth win of the season in the U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by Enlist Weed Control System, Sadler extended his lead to 18 points over Richard Childress Racing teammate Dillon. Sadler also became the first points-eligible driver in the three national series to earn four wins in his “home” division.
    Sadler came to Iowa Speedway clutching a one-point lead over Dillon after finishing 15th in the inaugural Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 
    With a strong finish at Watkins Glen in the ZIPPO 200, Sadler can further pad his lead. In three series starts at Watkins Glen, Sadler’s best finish is 10th (2011). He has one top-10 finish in 12 visits to the road course with the premier series. In the first road-course race of the season, Sadler finished 15th. 
    Luke Lambert, Sadler’s crew chief, is also competing for his first national series championship.
    Reigning series champion Stenhouse is currently third in the standings, 21 points behind Sadler. Hornish, who also will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, is 34 points off the lead.  

    NNS, Etc.
    Milestones Watch: 2007 series champ Edwards is 24 laps led away from 6,000 laps led. He is fourth on the all-time NNS lap led list with 5,976. & Timmy Hill will attempt to make his 50th NNS start this weekend driving for Rick Ware Racing. & Pending Streak: Kyle Busch, 2009 series champ and all-time NNS wins leader, is in the midst of the fourth-longest NNS winless streak of his career (12 starts). But what is most in jeopardy is his eight-year pending streak of at least one NNS victory a season  the longest active wins streak in the series (2004-11).  &  For all the Ron Fellows fans, the Fellows 5 promotion begins this weekend. Five questions related to Fellows will be posed to the fans online. One grand-prize winner will be selected for each race (Watkins Glen and Montreal). More details are at JRMracing.com.

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