Race: Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Watkins Glen, NY
Title Sponsor: Zippo
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:30pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ABC - 2:00pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, August 7th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, August 8th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:30 AM-10:50 AM NNS PRACTICE
2:10 PM-3:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, August 9th
5:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:40 AM NNS QUALIFYING
11:15 AM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
1:45 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
2:15 PM NNS RACE (82 LAPS, 200.9 MILES)
2:45 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Ambrose wins at Watkins Glen: #09-Marcos Ambrose won the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International in his only Nationwide race of the year. It is his 5th career Nationwide win and his 4th at Watkins Glen. #54-Kyle Busch finished second followed by #12-Joey Logano, #22-Brad Keselowski, #20-Matt Kenseth, #9-Chase Elliott, #11-Elliot Sadler, #3-Ty Dillon, #33-Paul Menard, and #2-Brian Scott.
There were 5 cautions for 14 laps and 15 lead changes among 11 leaders. Complete results are on the Watkins Glen race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Watkins Glen Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-9-2014)
Watkins Glen Race Fast Facts:
Marcos Ambrose(i) won the 20th Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen, his fifth victory in 77 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his fourth victory and fourth top-10 finish in five races at Watkins Glen International.
Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Watkins Glen International. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2014.
Joey Logano(i) (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Watkins Glen International.
Chase Elliott (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Elliott # leads the point standings by 12 points over Regan Smith.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-9-2014)
Driver standings following Watkins Glen:
1) #9-Chase Elliott 752
2) #7-Regan Smith 740 -12
3) #11-Elliott Sadler 739 -13
4) #3-Ty Dillon # 739 -13
5) #2-Brian Scott 707 -45
6) #6-Trevor Bayne 704 -48
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan 601 -151
8) #60-Chris Buescher # 601 -151
9) #16-Ryan Reed # 570 -182
10) #99James Buescher 567 -185
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-9-2014)
Owner Standings following Watkins Glen are posted (pdf).(8-9-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #74-Reuse, 30th
Caution 2: #75-Habul, 26th
Caution 3: #75-Habul (2), 26th
Caution 4: none
Caution 5: #44-Contreras, 23rd
Keselowski on pole at Watkins Glen: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 124.194mph. #12-Joey Logano will start second followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #09-Marcos Ambrose, #7-Reagn Smith, #33-Paul Menard, #2-Brian Scott, #3-Ty Dillon, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #20-Matt Kenseth, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, and #60-Chris Buescher.
#54-Kyle Busch was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 124.119mph
Did Not Qualify: none.
The starting lineup is posted on the Watkins Glen starting lineup page (pdf).(8-9-2014)
Watkins Glen Qualifying Notes:
Brad Keselowski(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 20th Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen with a lap of 71.018 seconds, 124.194 mph, which is a new track qualifying record. Sam Hornish Jr. set the previous qualifying record of 123.291 mph in 2013.
This is his 18th pole in 213 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his fourth pole and seventh top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in six races at Watkins Glen International.
Joey Logano(i) (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2014 and his sixth in seven races at Watkins Glen International.
Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his 14th in 16 races this season.
Ty Dillon (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-9-2014)
Ambrose fastest in happy hour: #09-Marcos Ambrose was quickest during happy hour for the Zippo 200 with a speed of 123.193mph. He was followed by: #22-Brad Keselowski, #12-Joey Logano, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #54-Kyle Busch, #33-Paul Menard, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #60-Chris Buescher, #7-Regan Smith, and #20-Matt Kenseth. All 39 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Watkins Glen practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-8-2014)
Keselowski fastest in practice: #22-Brad Keselowski was fastest during opening practice at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 122.291mph. #33-Paul Menard was second, followed by: #09-Marcos Ambrose, #54-Kyle Busch, #20-Matt Kenseth, #3-Ty Dillon, #12-Joey Logano, #9-Chase Elliott, #2-Brian Scott, and #62-Brendan Gaughan. 35 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Watkins Glen practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-8-2014)
Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. A few notes:
Marcos Ambrose will be in the RPM #09;
Joey Logano will be in the Penske #12;
Chris Cook will drive the #24;
Carlos Contreras will drive the #44 for Tri--Star;
Brennan Newberry returns to the #55;
Roger Reuse will drive the #74 for Mike Harmon;
Kenny Habul is entered in his #75;
Tomy Drissi drives the #95 for JGL.(8-4-2014)
UPDATE: The #24 & #89 teams have withdrawn. There are 39 cars entered.(8-8-2014)
See the complete list on the Watkins Glen entry list page.
Nationwide Series Goes Road Racing: The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series go road course racing at historic Watkins Glen International Aug. 9-10 and both races will be televised live. The NASCAR Sprint Cup race airs Sunday, Aug. 10, on ESPN, with NASCAR Countdown at noon ET and the green flag at 1:18pm/et. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Aug. 9, airs on ABC at 2 p.m. with a 2:33pm/et green flag. Also from The Glen, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Saturday at 11:30am/et and Nationwide Series qualifying earlier that day at 9:30am/et All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. (ESPN)(8-4-2014)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 7 sets for the event
Tire Code: D-4590 (same on all four tire positions)
Tire Circumference: 88.58 in. (2,250 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation -- Both Series:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation -- Sprint Cup:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 21 psi;
Left Rear -- 18 psi; Right Rear -- 18 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation -- Nationwide:
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-4590) on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen . . . this is the same tire they ran at The Glen last season . . . the only change from 2013 is that in the Cup Series, the recommended air pressure on all four tires tires has been raised by one psi . . . Sprint Cup teams also ran this tire on the right-side at Martinsville in March . . . Nationwide teams also ran this tire on all four positions at Road America in June . . . 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 its wet weather radials (D-4215) to Watkins Glen for use by Nationwide Series teams only, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . Nationwide teams ran the wet weather tires at Road America in June.
K&N Pro Series East: Goodyear will also supply the tires for the K&N Pro Series East race at Watkins Glen this week . . . teams will run the same tire code (D-2265) on all four tire positions . . . this is also Goodyear's right-side tire on short tracks, and is run at all road courses in the K&N East, K&N West and Canadian Tire Series . . . Goodyear will have 320 tires on hand at Watkins Glen . . . teams will get two sets for the event -- one for practice and the other to qualify and race on.
New York State Of Mind: Elliott, Smith Lead Series To Watkins Glen
North of the bright lights on Broadway and just west of the Finger Lakes in the rolling hills of New York state heads the NASCAR Nationwide Series for its first of back-to-back road courses. First up, Watkins Glen International (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is on deck). The challenge of the consecutive road courses on the schedule could significantly transform a competitor’s championship run, especially JR Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott and Regan Smith who currently sit 1-2 in the standings and hope to make it through unscathed.
Elliott’s rookie season is continuing to turn heads. In 20 starts, he has posted three wins (tied for the series-most with Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski), eight top fives, 14 top 10s and an average finish of 9.2. His NASCAR Loop Data backs his early success up even more; his season-to-date Driver Rating is 108.5 and his Average Running Position is 7.424 (both are second only to Kyle Busch). Though Elliott faces some uncertainty in making his series debut at Watkins Glen this weekend, he did well at the road course Road America earlier this season, finishing in the top-five.
Elliott can’t let up though. His rear-view mirror is full of a championship hungry Regan Smith. The two JR Motorsports teammates have swapped the series standings lead three times this season. Smith, who calls Cato, N.Y. his hometown, has posted one win, four top fives, 17 top 10s (series-most) and an average finish of 8.9 this season. Smith has three starts at Watkins Glen, posting one top five and an average finish of 15.3 - he finished fourth in this event last season.
The JR Motorsports duo has built a small cushion of points (Smith in second is 10 points ahead of third) between their nearest competitors, but the slightest mistake these next few weeks could open the door for third-place Elliott Sadler and fourth-place Ty Dillon.
Sadler continues to follow in lock-step with the JR Motorsports twosome of Elliott and Smith. He sits just 12 points back from the series lead after posting one win, five top fives, 14 top 10s and an average finish of 9.5 this season. Sadler has made five series starts at Watkins Glen, posting one top-five and two top-10 finishes; including his fifth-place finish last season.
With the momentum of his first series career win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and following it up with a top-five at Iowa last week, Dillon has focused his sights on a legitimate championship run. Dillon, like Sadler, also is just 12 points back from the standings lead after posting one win, three top fives and 14 top 10s. This will be his series debut at Watkins Glen. He finished 19th at Road America earlier this season.
Owners Title Race ‘Turns Right’ Into Star Heavy Lineup
Some of the hottest names in NASCAR will dawn the entry list of the ZIPPO 200 at The Glen this weekend. Nine NASCAR Sprint Cup championship contenders; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard, Joe Nemechek and Josh Wise are entered this weekend to possibly bend some fenders and log a little extra seat time on the historic road course, Watkins Glen International.
Fresh off his win last week at Iowa, Brad Keselowski straps into Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford this weekend looking to make it two-in-a-row. Keselowski is the defending series winner at WGI and in his five starts has posted one win, three top fives and five top 10s. His average finish at WGI is 4.4. - second best in the series.
Keselowski leads the No. 22 Ford team into this weekend just one point behind the Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota team in the NNS owner standings. Though the all-time winningest driver in the series, Kyle Busch will be piloting the No. 54 Toyota this weekend, defending the owner standings lead from Keselowski may be tough. Watkins Glen is one of only four tracks left on the schedule that Busch has yet to win at in the series, and in his seven starts there, he has posted four top fives and five top 10s.
Though Keselowski and Busch will have their hands full with each other, they better not take their eyes off of road course ace and three-time winner of this event, Marcos Ambrose. Ambrose has made four starts at WGI, posting three wins and a series-best average finish of 4.0.
None of the remaining six aforementioned Sprint Cup contenders have won at WGI yet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Of the six, Menard has the best average finish at Watkins Glen (12.9).
The race action begins on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. on ABC.
Will The Next Contender Please Stand Up?
While in recent weeks this year’s title chase has focused on the top five in points, this time around we’d like to take an in-depth look at the drivers from sixth - 10th in the driver standings.
Sixth - Brian Scott - in his second full-season with Richard Childress Racing, Scott has posted three top fives and 11 top 10s in 20 starts. Scott is currently tied with fifth-place Trevor Bayne in points and is 41 points back from the standings lead. Scott continues to get hot as the season progresses. Of his 11 top-10 finishes, 10 of them have come in the last 13 races. In last season’s final 13 events, Scott posted four top 10s and an average finish of 12.5.
Seventh - Chris Buescher - in his Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaign for Roush Fenway Racing, Buescher has posted two top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 13.3 in 19 starts. Buescher is currently seventh in points, 87 points back from sixth-place Brian Scott, and is 128 points back from the standings lead. Buescher’s highlight of 2014 so far has been his second-place finish at Talladega. It will be Buescher’s series debut at WGI this weekend.
Eighth - Brendan Gaughan - is the veteran driver at Richard Childress Racing these days and his recent success is proving it. Gaughan has posted one win and four top 10s this season. He is currently eighth in points, two points back from Chris Buescher, and is 130 points back from the standings lead. Gaughan’s lone win this season came at the last road course the series visited, Road America. He has made three series starts at WGI, posting an average finish of 22.0.
Ninth - Ryan Reed - is Roush Fenway Racing’s second Sunoco Rookie candidate competing this season. Reed’s 2014 season has amassed one top five and an average finish of 17.2 in 20 starts. Reed is currently ninth in points, 46 behind Gaughan and 176 back from the standings lead. Reed’s highlight of 2014 so far has been his fourth-place finish at Daytona in July. It will be Reed’s series debut at WGI this weekend.
Tenth - James Buescher - the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and cousin of fellow driver Chris Buescher has posted one top 10 and an average finish of 17.5 this season. Buescher is currently 10th in the standings, five points back from Ryan Reed and 181 points back from the standings lead. James has one series start at WGI in 2011, where he started 10th but finished 17th.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Milestones Watch: Joe Nemechek will attempt to make his 1,100th NASCAR national series start this weekend in the ZIPPO 200 at The Glen. Nemechek is third on the all-time NASCAR national series starts list behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (1,182) and Mark Martin (1,142).
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)