NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

TRACK: Watkins Glen International

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #22 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
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Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers
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Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, August 11, 2013 in Watkins Glen, NY

Title Sponsor: Cheez-It

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:18pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: ESPN - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00 am/et with John Roberts, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, August 12 at 1:00am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, August 14 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • motorracingnetwork.com

  • MRN Live Streaming

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)
    UPDATE: AudioNow announced new weekly content from the Motor Racing Network - providing access to live race broadcasts all season long simply by dialing a number from any telephone. Across the United States, race fans can now dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, and catch in-depth interviews and analysis from the programs they missed. It's the equivalent of making a standard phone call and incurs no extra charges for mobile users. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice streaming is an emerging, affordable pathway for fans to use when they're not in range of their favorite radio station.(AudioNow)(5-1-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, August 8
6:00pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, August 9
12:00 - 1:30pm NSCS Practice
1:40 - 3:50pm NNS Final Practice
4:00 - 5:30pm NSCS Final Practice

Saturday, August 10
9:35 am NNS Qualifying
11:40 am NSCS Qualifying
2:15 pm NNS - Zippo 200 at The Glen

Sunday, August 11
11:00 am NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
12:30 pm NSCS Driver Intros
1:00 pm NSCS - Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, August 9, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, August 9, 4:00 - 5:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: will run in groups (see explaination below) for positions 1-36, Saturday, August 10 at 11:40 am/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $4,946,167
2012: $4,896,322
2011: $4,784,935
2010: $4,816,919
2009: $4,934,858
2008: $4,895,379
2007: $4,800,931
2006: $4,705,975
2005: $4,625,176
2004: $4,615,500
2003: $3,954,655
2002: $3,634,749


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    a 2.45-mile paved road course.
    90 laps, 220.5 miles (355 k)
    It has 11 turns with a variety of banking in turns ranging from 6 degrees to 10 degrees.
    The length of the frontstretch is 2,141 feet and the length of the backstretch is 1,839 feet.
    Watkins Glen International has hosted the race since 1986.
    Grandstand seating capacity: approx 41,000
    Opened: 1956

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Angie Johnson
    Command to start engines: Brad Davidson, Darcy Macken, and Angie Johnson
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Rev. David Fife
    National Anthem: Angie Johnson
    Military Flyover: C-47, National Warplane Museum

  • Track Websites:
    Watkin's Glen International
    ISC Motorsports
    Watkins Glen International - Facebook
    Watkins Glen International - Twitter
    Watkins Glen International Guest Guide
    International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen

  • August 2012: see my Watkins Glen Race Info page

  • 2012 Race Winner: #9-Marcos Ambrose, 98.145, started 5th

  • Race Record: Mark Martin, 103.900mph, 8/13/1995

  • Slowest Race Record: Kyle Petty, 50.879mph, August 1992

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 8/10/2008 - 23 years, 3 months, 8 days

  • Oldest Winner: Geoffrey Bodine, 8/11/1996 - 47 years, 3 months, 24 days

  • 2012 Pole Sitter: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 127.020, finished 33rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Juan Pablo Montoya, August 2012, 127.020mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Steve Park, August 2000, started 18th

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 8/9/1998 - 27 years, 0 months, 5 days

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 8/13/1989 - 47 years, 10 months, 1 days

  • Road Course Wins: All-Time
    Driver, Wins
    Jeff Gordon, 9*
    Tony Stewart, 7*
    Rusty Wallace, 6
    Bobby Allison, 6
    Richard Petty, 6
    Ricky Rudd, 6
    Darrell Waltrip, 5
    Tim Richmond, 5
    Dan Gurney, 5
    David Pearson, 4
    Mark Martin, 4*
    Ernie Irvan, 3
    Geoff Bodine, 3
    Tim Flock, 3
    Cale Yarborough, 3
    * active
    (6-23-2013)

  • Watkins Glen International News & Notes:
    • After several events were held on the streets of Watkins Glen, a permanent facility was opened in 1956.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was in 1957, won by Buck Baker (83.064 mph, 8/4/57).
    • After a six-year absence, NASCAR returned to The Glen in 1964 and 1965.
    • After a 21-year absence, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to The Glen, and has run one race a year there since 1986.
    • There have been 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen International, one race per season.
    • The first NSCS race at Watkins Glen was scheduled for 101.2-miles in 1957, the second race was 161.7-miles (1964) and the third race was 151.8-miles (1965). Every race since has been scheduled for 220.5-miles.
    • 245 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen; 151 in more than one.
    • Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Watkins Glen with 22 each.
    • Buddy Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Watkins Glen in 1957 with a speed of 87.071 mph.
    • 18 drivers have Coors Light poles at Watkins Glen, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt and Mark Martin with three each.
    • Mark Martin is the only NASCAR Sprint Cup driver to post consecutive Coors Light poles at Watkins Glen (three) - 1993, 1994, and 1995.
    • 18 different drivers have won at Watkins Glen International in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, led by Tony Stewart with five wins.
    • Four drivers have posted consecutive wins at Watkins Glen, including three consecutive by Mark Martin (1993, '94, '95) and Jeff Gordon (1997, '98, '99). The other two drivers to win consecutive races at Watkins Glen are Tony Stewart (2004, '05) and Marcos Ambrose (2011, '12).
    • Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six: Jeff Gordon (four), Tim Richmond (one) and Ricky Rudd (one).
    • Six different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Watkins Glen; led by Chevrolet with 16 victories; followed by Ford with seven.
    • Nine of the 30 (30%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Kyle Busch in 2008.
    • The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (nine) than any other starting position at Watkins Glen.
    • 11 of the 30 (36.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from the front row: nine from the pole and two from second-place.
    • 22 of the 30 (73.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • None of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Watkins Glen was 18th, by Steve Park in the 2000.
    • Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Watkins Glen with three.
    • Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Watkins Glen with 12; followed by Ricky Rudd with eight.
    • Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Watkins Glen with 16; followed by Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart with 10 each.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Watkins Glen with a 6.182.
    • Marcos Ambrose leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Watkins Glen with a 2.000.
    • All seven of the active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Watkins Glen participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane.
    • Mark Martin (1993) and Kevin Harvick (2006) competed at Watkins Glen five times each before winning; the longest span of any the seven active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    • Terry Labonte and Michael Waltrip lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Watkins Glen without visiting Victory Lane at 22 each.
    • Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in road course wins with nine (Sonoma, five; Watkins Glen, four); Tony Stewart has the second most road course wins all-time with seven (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, two).
    • NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record for the most wins (six) at a single road course track - Riverside International Raceway.
    • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen was the 2001 race won by Jeff Gordon over Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.172 second.
    • There have been two NASCAR Sprint Cup races resulting with green-white-checkered finishes at Watkins Glen (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2005 (90/92) and 2011 (90/92).
    • Only one of the 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen has been shortened due to weather conditions - the 1992 race - only 51 of the scheduled 90 laps were completed. The Aug. 14, 2011 race was the only NSCS race at Watkins Glen that was postponed to another date due to weather (8/15/2011).
    • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen six times; most recently in 2008.
    • Todd Bodine (8/10/1997) posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Watkins Glen.
    • One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Watkins Glen: Marcos Ambrose (08/15/11).
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Watkins Glen with 233 laps led in 20 starts.
    • Danica Patrick will attempt to join Patty Moise as the second female NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to compete at Watkins Glen.(NASCAR)(8-6-2013)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Watkins Glen International Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Kyle Busch wins Watkins Glen: #18-Kyle Busch won the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International for his 3rd win of 2013 and 27th career win. #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #56-Truex, Jr., #99-Edwards, #42-Montoya, #15-Bowyer, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #78-Busch, and #47-Allmendinger.
    Pole sitter #9-Ambrose led 51 laps early in the race but wrecked with 6 laps to go, while running 10th, and finished 31st.
    #14-Max Papis, subbing for Tony Stewart, finished 15th.
    There were 5 lead changes among 5 drivers and 8 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps. There was a 22 minute red flag midway through the race for oil cleanup on the track after an accident.
    The average speed was 87.001mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Watkins Glen Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Watkins Glen Penalty Report (pdf).
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Watkins Glen Race and Points Report.(8-11-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Watkins Glen:
    Kyle Busch won the 28th Annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, his 27th victory in 315 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his second victory and eighth consecutive top-10 finish at Watkins Glen International. He's competed in nine races at Watkins Glen International.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Watkins Glen International. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2013.
    Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Watkins Glen International.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 75 points over Clint Bowyer.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-11-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 808
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 733, -75
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 728, -80
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 707, -101
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 693, -115
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 670, -138
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 659, -149
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 634, -174
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 627, -181
    10) #56-Martin Truex Jr., 625, -183
    Wild Cards:
    WC1) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 12th in points (3 out of 10th)
    WC2) #39-Newman [1 win], 14th in points (20 out of 10th)
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 13th in points (15 out of 10th)
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], [missed 1 race so far], 17th in points
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], -117 out of 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Watkins Glen Race and Points Report.(8-11-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 3: #19-Kennedy, 29th
    Caution 4: #52-Keselowski, 39th
    Caution 5: #38-Gilliland, 25th
    Caution 6: #32-Said, 22nd
    Caution 7: #40-Cassil, 28th
    Caution 8: #40-Cassill (2), 28th
    (8-11-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Sunday, August 11, 2013.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:19pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, August 12 at 1:00am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, August 14 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International have been made.
    Pole sitter #9-Ambrose chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #15-Bowyer took pit stall 38, the only other pitstall with an opening in front of it.
    #56-Truex, Jr., who starts 3rd took the 37th pit stall, with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 6th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-10-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Pit Stalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2013 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Ambrose wins Watkins Glen pole: #9-Marcos Ambrose won the pole for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International with a TRACK RECORD speed of 128.241mph for his 1st pole of 2013 and 3rd of his career. #15-Bowyer is on the outside pole, followed by #56-Truex, Jr., #47-Allmendinger, #18-Busch, #1-McMurray, #27-Menard, #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, and #20-Kenseth. No drivers missed the race as there were 43 entries for 43 starting spots.
    See pole progression, pdf links, qualifying results and starting lineup on Jayski's Watkins Glen Starting Lineup / Qualifying page.(8-10-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Watkins Glen:
    #9-Marcos Ambrose won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 28th Annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen with a lap of 68.777 seconds, 128.241 mph.
    His qualifying lap set a track qualifying record that was previously held by Juan Pablo Montoya (127.02 mph in 2012). Ten drivers surpassed the old track record: Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano & Matt Kenseth.
    This is his third pole in 177 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His previous pole was at Sonoma Raceway in 2012.
    This is his first pole and eighth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in six races at Watkins Glen International.
    #15-Clint Bowyer (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2013 and his second in eight races at Watkins Glen International.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his third top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his 10th in 22 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-10-2013)

  • Twelve New Track Records set in 2013:
    1) Bristol, #18-Kyle Busch, 129.535mph, March 15, 2013 - was 128.709 from March 2003
    2) Martinsville, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 98.400, April 5, 2013 - was 98.083 from October 2005
    3) Texas, #18-Kyle Busch, 196.299, April 12, 2013 - was 196.235 from November 2006
    4) Kansas, #20-Matt Kenseth, 191.748, April 19, 2013 - was 191.360 from October 2012
    5) Richmond, #20-Matt Kenseth, 130.334, April 26, 2013 - was 129.983 from May 2004
    6) Darlington, #78-Kurt Busch, 181.918, May 10, 2013 - was 181.254 from May 2011
    7) Charlotte, #11-Denny Hamlin, 195.624, May 23, 2013 - was 193.708 from Oct 2012
    8) Kentucky, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 183.636, June 28, 2013 - was 181.818 from June 2012
    9) New Hampshire, #2-Brad Keselowski, 135.922, July 12, 2013 - was 135.232 from July 2011
    10) Indianapolis, #39-Ryan Newman, 187.531, July 27, 2013 - was 186.293 from August 2004
    11) Pocono, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 180.654, August 2, 2013 - was 179.598 from June 2012
    12) Watkins Glen, #9-Marcos Ambrose, 128.241, August 10, 2013 - was 127.020 from August 2012
    (8-10-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 11:40am/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 11:30am/et
    Radio: MRN - Motor Racing Network, 11:30am/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    Drivers will go out in 8 separate groups, based on speeds from the first practice session. Slower cars go out first, faster cars last.
    The first group is #36-Gonzalez, Jr., #7-Blaney, #19-Kennedy, #40-Cassill, #87-Drissi, and #52-Keselowski.
    The final scheduled group is: #56-Truex, Jr., #9-Ambrose, #99-Edwards, #42-Montoya, and #13-Mears.
    See the full qualifying order on the Watkins Glen Qualifying Page.(8-9-2013)

  • Final practice for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes.
    #99-Edwards 128.397
    #35-McDowell 127.302
    #15-Bowyer 127.232
    #42-Montoya 127.221
    #2-Keselowski 127.203
    slowest: #87-Drissi 120.559 & & #52-Keselowski 118.072.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Watkins Glen Practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-9-2013)

  • First Friday practice for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over after 41 minutes, the top five, slowest and notes.
    #56-Truex, Jr. 127.238
    #9-Ambrose 125.220
    #99-Edwards 125.206
    #42-Montoya 124.973
    #13-Mears 124.887
    slowest: .#87-Drissi 118.561 & #52-Keselowski 115.288.
    Notes: Due to morning rains, this session did not start until 3:50pm/et. NASCAR will use this practice session to set the groups for tomorrow's qualifying session, which is scheduled for 11:40am/et and will be shown on ESPN2.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Watkins Glen Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-9-2013)

  • Revised schedule at Watkins Glen: It rained much of the morning at Watkins Glen International. However, rain has stopped and jet dryers are on track. The weather forecast looks good for this afternoon. The revised schedule is as follows: Sprint Cup practice - 3:00-4:00pm/et, Nationwide practice 4:05-5:30pm/et, and final Cup practice 5:35-6:30pm/et. Both Series are scheduled to qualify tomorrow.
    UPDATE: It's taking longer that expected to get the track dry, the start of Cup practice is being delayed.(8-9-2013)
    UPDATE 2: The newest revised schedule is as follows:
    Sprint Cup practice: 3:50-4:20pm/et;
    Nationwide final practice: 4:35-5:30pm/et;
    Sprint Cup final practice: 5:35-6:30pm/et.(8-9-2013)

  • Entry List for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #14-Max Papis in for injured Tony Stewart, #51-Owen Kelly, #52-Brian Keselowski, #32-Boris Said, #35-Michael McDowell, #33-Ron Fellows, #47-AJ Allmendinger, #87-Tomy Drissi. The #98 Phil Parsons Racing team is not entered. With 43 teams at the track, no one will miss the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Watkins Glen Entry List

  • New NASCAR Sprint Cup Road-Course Qualifying Procedure Announced: NASCAR announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will implement the group-based road course qualifying procedure used in NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Touring Series competition during its road-course events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International. Under the new procedure, cars will qualify in groups instead of the traditional single-car qualifying runs held on oval race tracks. "The change will add an exciting element to road-course qualifying," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Fans will be treated to new strategy and increased competition with several cars on track at once."
    The new qualifying rules for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at road courses are as follows:
    Cars attempting to qualify will be divided into groups. The number of groups, and amount of cars in each, will depend on the number of cars that practice for the event.
    Group assignments will be based on final practice times.
    Each qualifying group will be on-track for a set period of time, determined by the Series Director.
    A car's best lap time during the group session will be the qualifying lap time of record.
    A group's time begins when the first car receives the green flag at the start/finish line.
    "This is going to be a terrific new format for our NASCAR weekend," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway. "It will intensify the action, with multiple cars on the track at the same time. It's a very positive development for our fans."
    "The new format of qualifying at Watkins Glen International enhances the fan experience which is our top priority," said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen. "Qualifying on Saturday for our Cheez-ItTM 355 at The Glen is even more of a not-to-be missed aspect of a weekend of high-quality racing."
    The new format will debut with the Toyota Save-Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 23 and will return at Watkins Glen for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen on August 11.(NASCAR)(4-22-2013)

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 772
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 695, -77
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 688, -84
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 675, -97
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 656, -116
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 646, -126
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 638, -134
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 612, -160
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon, 602, -170
    10) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 599, -173
    Wild Cards:
    WC1) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 11th in points (5 points out fo 10th)
    WC2) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 14th in points (15 points out of 10th)
    #39-Ryan Newman is 15th in points with a win, 9 points behind Truex, Jr., but is not currently in the Chase.
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 12th, 7 points out of 10th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], -118 out of 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(8-4-2013)


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Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin
Buffalo News
The Corning Leader
Elmira Star-Gazette
Observer and The Watkins Glen Review and Express
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Syracuse Online - Post Standard


Weather Links

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground


Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

Laid Back Racing
Speed Eats
Track Stay


Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Watkins Glen: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Watkins Glen International:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases or websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-834. Last Raced - Sonoma backup (not raced). Backup Chassis: PRS-847. Last Raced: Backup at several races (not raced)
    #5-Kasey Kahne: For this weekend at Watkins Glen, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-802. Kahne drove this car to a sixth-place finish at Sonoma in June.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team prepared chassis No. 761 for Sunday's race. The Stanley team started second and finished seventh with this chassis at Sonoma Raceway earlier this season.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-759: Chassis No. 10-759 was first used by Patrick in June at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, where she started 31st and finished 29th.
    #14-Max Papis: Chassis No. 14-731: This car debuted in impressive fashion last June at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway as Tony Stewart took Chassis No. 14-731 from its 24th-place starting spot and rallied it to a strong second-place finish. Its second and final start of 2012 came at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in August. It qualified ninth and Stewart wheeled it up to second, but on lap 71, he spun off the final corner of the 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course and backed into the Armco barrier lining the inside of pit road, sustaining heavy damage. Several trips to the pits allowed the crew the opportunity to repair the car enough to finish the race, and that's just what Stewart did, rallying from 29th on lap 74 to finish 19th when the checkered flag dropped after lap 90. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-731 was tested May 28 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., with road-racing standout Ron Fellows. The car returned to the site of its debut when it raced at Sonoma in June. It qualified a respectable 11th and was en route to a top-10 finish before an accident with Jeff Burton in treacherous turn 11 dropped Stewart from ninth to 28th when the checkered flag waved. In preparation for the year's second and final road-course race at Watkins Glen, Max Papis tested Chassis No. 14-731 July 30 at Road Atlanta. Now, as Stewart recuperates from a leg injury sustained in a Sprint Car crash Monday night, Papis is back behind the wheel of Chassis No. 14-731 for this weekend's race at Watkins Glen.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Chassis RK-764 last hit the track at Sonoma earning an eighth-place finish and is the same car that crossed the finish line sixth a year ago at The Glen.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 816 - last raced at Sonoma- finished 27th. Backup Chassis: RK- 758 - back-up chassis for road course races in 2012.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-836. Last Raced - Sonoma backup (not raced). Backup Chassis: PRS-844. Last Raced: Backup at several races (not raced)
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 361 at Watkins Glen International. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously raced by Menard at Watkins Glen International in 2011 and 2012, finishing 32nd and 12th, respectively.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 395 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Watkins Glen 355. This Chevrolet was most recently utilized by the No. 29 team at Sonoma Raceway in June, where Harvick brought home a 10th-place finish.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 357 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Watkins Glen International. This No. 31 Chevrolet, built during the 2011 season specifically for road-course racing, was driven by Burton last season at Sonoma Raceway and WGI where he piloted the machine to 11th and 30th-place finishes, respectively. Most recently, Burton finished 31st at Sonoma in June after being involved in a late-race accident while running in the top 10.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Michael McDowell: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-545: This chassis first saw action for the No. 39 team at both road-course races in 2009. At Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway that season, Newman qualified seventh and was marching toward a top-10 finish before getting spun in the latter stages of the event. He finished 17th. At Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Newman qualified sixth. However, Newman's No. 39 Chevrolet was plagued with alternator issues, which caused the car to run at only about 75 percent throughout most of the race, leading to a 21st-place finish. The car also ran both road-course events in 2010. At Sonoma, it qualified 13th and finished 16th after picking up 10 positions in the final 15 laps of the event. At Watkins Glen, the team used pit strategy during the race to earn a 12th-place finish. The No. 39 team tested June 13 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton in preparation for the June 23 race at Sonoma, where Newman battled through adversity to earn a hardfought 15th-place finish in Chassis No. 39-545's most recent track activity.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team will bring chassis No. 760, the same chassis the team raced with at Sonoma earlier this year.
    #47-A.J. Allmentinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 801 at Watkins Glen. Chassis No. 543 serves as the backup.
    #55-Brian Vickers: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-747. Earnhardt first raced this chassis at Watkins Glen in 2012. Most recently, he drove this car to record a 12th-place finish at Sonoma Raceway in June.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary: RK - 853 last ran at Sonoma. Backup: RK - 771 backup for Sonoma
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(8-8-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

  • Number of Tires: Sprint Cup: 1,900; Nationwide: 1,100

  • Set limits:
    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: 88.6 in. (2,250 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 Goodyear tire code (D-4590) on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen . . . this is the first time these teams have run this code at The Glen, though they have run it earlier this season . . . Sprint Cup teams ran this tire on all four tire positions at Sonoma and on the right-side at Martinsville . . . Nationwide teams also ran this tire on all four positions at Road America . . . compared to what was run at The Glen last season, this tire features a slight compound change and a reduction in gage (tread thickness) . . . 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 700 wet weather radials (D-4215) to Watkins Glen for use by Nationwide Series teams only, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant.


Race / Cup Odds

Vegas Insider
Race and Champisonship odds
Watkins Glen Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: Sylvania 300

Countdown to Race Time: 9/21/2014 ~2:15pm/et

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