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 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Watkins Glen, NY

Title Sponsor: Cheez-It

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:19pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, August 7
6:00pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, August 8
7:30am NSCS Garage Open
11:00am NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Random Drawing
12:30 - 2:00pm NSCS Practice
4:30 - 5:55pm NSCS Final Practice
8:00pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, August 9
6:30am NSCS Garage Opens
11:40am NSCS Qualifying
3:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, August 10
7:00am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00am NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
12:30pm NSCS Driver Introductions
1:00pm NSCS Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, August 8, 12:30 - 2:00pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, August 8, 4:30 - 5:55am/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, August 9 at 11:40 am/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $4,969,178
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 Marshals: Keith McFayden, Paul Clough, Charlene Cravens
    Command to start engines: Keith McFayden, Paul Clough, Charlene Cravens
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Rev. David Fife
    National Anthem: Home Free Vocal Band
    Flyover: HC-144 Ocean Sentry

  • Track Websites and Social Media:
    Watkin's Glen International
    ISC Motorsports
    Watkins Glen International - Facebook
    Watkins Glen International - Twitter
    Watkins Glen International - Instagram
    Watkins Glen International - Flicker
    Watkins Glen International - YouTube
    Watkins Glen International Guest Guide
    International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen

  • August 2013: see the Watkins Glen Race Info page

  • 2013 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 87.001mph, 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: Geoff Bodine, 8/11/1996 - 47 years, 3 months, 24 days

  • 2013 Pole Winner: #9-Marcos Ambrose, 128.241mph, finished 31st

  • Track Qualifying Record: Marcos Ambrose, August 2013, 128.241mph

  • 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
    Kyle Busch, 3*
    * active
    (6-22-2014)

  • Chase clinch scenarios at Watkins Glen: Drivers with multiple wins and who cannot fall out of the top 30 in points have clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, assuming they attempt to qualify for the remaining races. After Pocono, seven fit that category: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #2-Brad Keselowski, #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #99-Carl Edwards, #22-Joey Logano and #4-Kevin Harvick. If there is a repeat 2014 winner this weekend, any driver with one win and a locked-up top 30 spot will clinch a spot in the Chase. Potentials: #18-Kyle Busch, #11-Denny Hamlin, #43-Aric Almirola and #41-Kurt Busch.
    If there is a new winner, a good bit of math will come into play post-race. Kyle Busch, the highest ranked of the one-win drivers, could potentially lock up a spot with only one win (though it would be difficult). If #20-Matt Kenseth, who has clinched a top-30 spot, wins, he could be high enough in points to clinch a spot, even though it would be his first win. The same applies to #31-Ryan Newman and #15-Clint Bowyer. For Kenseth, Newman and Bowyer, a win would clinch them if they have enough points to guarantee a points position ahead of the lowest ranked winner after Richmond. After Watkins Glen, the clinching driver must be 193 points ahead of 31st place.(NASCAR.com)(8-8-2014)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Watkins Glen:
    #14-Tony Stewart 120.4 (didn't run the race)
    #9-Marcos Ambrose 120.1
    #18-Kyle Busch 113.3
    Juan Pablo Montoya 110.5
    #2-Brad Keselowski 102.8
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 100.6
    #47-AJ Allmendinger 94.7
    #99-Carl Edwards 94.6
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. 92.8
    #41-Kurt Busch 91.8
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (9 total) among active drivers at Watkins Glen International.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Watkins Glen Notes & Facts - Thursday - track history:
    " There have been 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, one race per season. " 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.
    " 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.(NASCAR)(8-7-2014)

  • Watkins Glen Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    " Buck Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Watkins Glen in 1957 with a speed of 87.071 mph. Driver/owner Buck Baker went on to win the inaugural race from the pole.
    " 19 drivers have Coors Light poles at Watkins Glen, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt and Mark Martin with three each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with two.
    " Mark Martin is the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to post consecutive Coors Light poles at Watkins Glen (three) - 1993, 1994, and 1995.
    " Nine of the 31 (29%) 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 31 (35.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen have been won from the front row: nine from the pole and two from second-place.
    " 21 of the 31 (67.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-five starting position.
    " 22 of the 31 (70.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    " None of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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.
    " Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen six times; most recently in 2008.(NASCAR)(8-8-2014)

  • Watkins Glen Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    " Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Watkins Glen with 22 each. Jeff Gordon leads the series among full-time active drivers with 21.
    " 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 at a single road course track with six - Riverside International Raceway.
    " 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).
    " Brad Keselowski and Mark Martin lead the series in runner-up finishes at Watkins Glen with three each.
    " Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Watkins Glen with 12; followed by Ricky Rudd with eight. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with seven.
    " 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.
    " Tony Stewart leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Watkins Glen with a 6.286.
    " Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Watkins Glen with a 6.500.
    " All five of the active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Watkins Glen participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane.
    " Kevin Harvick (2006) competed at Watkins Glen five times each before winning; the longest span of any the five active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    " Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen without visiting Victory Lane at 18. Nemechek is followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth with 14 each.
    " 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 21 starts.(NASCAR)(8-9-2014)

  • Watkins Glen Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    " 252 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen; 152 in more than one.
    " 18 different drivers have won at Watkins Glen International in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, led by Tony Stewart with five wins.
    " Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing are tied for the most wins at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six:
    o Hendrick Motorsports: Jeff Gordon (four), Tim Richmond (one) and Ricky Rudd (one).
    o Joe Gibbs Racing: Tony Stewart (four) and Kyle Busch (two).
    " Six different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Watkins Glen; led by Chevrolet with 16 victories; followed by Ford with seven, Pontiac with four, Toyota with two and Buick and Mercury each have one.
    " Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen is the 2001 race won by Jeff Gordon over Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.172 second.
    " There have been two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Watkins Glen (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2005 (90/92) and 2011 (90/92).
    " Only one of the 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen has been shortened due to weather conditions - the 1992 race - only 51 of the scheduled 90 laps were completed.
    " The 8/14/2011 race was the only NSCS race at Watkins Glen that has been postponed to another date due to weather (8/15/2011).(NASCAR)(8-10-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    5: The number of laps led by race runner-up Kevin Harvick in Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. That boosted Harvick's total for the year to 899 laps led, surpassing his previous single-season high of 895 laps in 2006-and Harvick still has 15 races to run this year.
    63: The number of laps led by Jeff Gordon in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono. That increased Gordon's career total of laps led at Pocono to a series-best 1,037 for the record six-time winner at the Tricky Triangle.
    12: The number of years between season sweeps at a single track for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who on Sunday won his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono this season. Earnhardt last swept events at a track in 2002, when his only two victories of the year both came at Talladega.
    20: The finishing position of Ryan Truex in Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono, a career best for the 22-year-old younger brother of Cup veteran Martin Truex Jr. In 20 previous starts in the series, Truex's best result was 30th at Martinsville on Mar. 30.
    97: Of a possible 542, the number of laps led by Marcos Ambrose in six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen International, site of Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at the Glen. Ambrose has two victories, a pole and five top-three finishes at the 2.45-mile road course.(NASCAR Wire Service)(8-5-2014)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Allmendinger wins at Watkins Glen: #47-A.J. Allmendinger won the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Watkins Glen, and 1st career win. He and Ambrose battled door to door for much of the final laps of the race.
    #9-Ambrose finished 2nd followed by #41-Busch, #42-Larson, #99-Edwards, #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, #16-Biffle, #20-Kenseth, and #55-Vickers.
    Pole winner #24-Gordon had electrical problems during the race and finished 34th, 3 laps down.
    #14-Regan Smith, filling in for Tony Stewart, was involved in a late race accident and finished 37th.
    There was a large wreck on lap 56 when #16-Biffle got off course and then came back on the track, causing #31-Newman to get into the back of Biffle and spin into the barrier. Newman's car then bounced back out into traffic and clipped McDowell, ripping the rear suspension out of McDowell's car and sending him into another barrier. Several other cars suffered some damage checking up or running through the debris. The race was red flagged for a total of 1 hour and 21 minutes while the track was cleared and the barriers were repaired.
    There was another red flag of nearly 20 minutes for track clean up with 4 laps remaining when #11-Hamlin hit sand barriers at the end of pit road after a spin.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. (3 wins) takes the points lead, now 5 over #24-Gordon.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. still leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins and now 1st in points followed by #2-Keselowski with 3 wins, 4th in points.
    There were 5 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 17 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 90.123mph.
    See unofficial 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). See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Watkins Glen Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-10-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Watkins Glen International:
    AJ Allmendinger won the 29th Annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, his first victory in 213 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in six races at Watkins Glen International.
    Marcos Ambrose (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in seven races at Watkins Glen International. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2014.
    Kurt Busch (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 14 races at Watkins Glen International.
    Kyle Larson (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the point standings by 5 points over Jeff Gordon.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-10-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 3 wins, 1st in points
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski(X), 3 wins, 4th
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 3 wins, 7th
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 2 wins, 2nd
    5) #22-Joey Logano(X), 2 wins, 5th
    6) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 2 wins, 6th
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick(X), 2 wins, 8th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 15th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 20th
    10) #43-Aric Almirola, 1 win, 22nd
    11) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 23rd
    12) #47-Allmendinger, 1 win, 24th
    (no wins, in by points)
    13) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3rd
    14) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th
    15) #42-Kyle Larson, 10th
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 11th
    (X) = clinched a spot in the Chase as long as rest of races are attempted.
    (8-10-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
    1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 773
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 768, -5
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth, 703, -70
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 696, -77
    5) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 671, -102
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 658, -115
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 650, -123
    8) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 645, -128
    9) #31-Ryan Newman, 645, -128
    10) #42-Kyle Larson, 635, -138
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    15) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 615, -158
    20) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 552, -221
    22) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 532, -241
    23) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 529, -244
    24) #47-A.J. Allmendinger [1 win], 525, -248 (191 pts ahead of 31st)
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Watkins Glen Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-10-2014)

  • Watkins Glen Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 4th, 18 rookie points
    #3-Dillon, 16th, 10
    #51-Allgaier, 15th, 9
    #26-Whitt, 43rd, 5
    #7-Annett, 31st, 8
    #23-Bowman, 36th, 7
    #83-Truex, 39th, 6
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    (8-10-2014)

  • 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: #83-Truex, 39th
    Caution 3: #36-Sorenson, 23rd
    Caution 4: #33-Kennedy, 33rd
    Caution 5: #77-Piquet, Jr., 26th
    Caution 6: #32-Said, 25th
    (8-10-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Sunday, August 10, 2014.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:00pm/et; green flag approx. 1:19pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, August 11 at 1:30am/et on ESPN2

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International have been made.
    Pole sitter #24-Gordon chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #9-Ambrose took pit stall 37, with an opening behind it.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 38th pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #7-Annett, who starts 42nd.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-9-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Chase Grid Outlook
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    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.

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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

  • Gordon wins Watkins Glen pole: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light pole for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International with speed of 129.466mph for his 1st pole of 2014, 3rd at Watkins Glen and 75th of his career.
    #9-Ambrose is on the outside pole, followed by #48-Johnson, #4-Harvick, #41-Busch, #47-Allmendinger, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #31-Newman, #22-Logano, and #55-Vickers.
    Ambrose set the track record in round 1 of group qualifying at 129.491mph.
    Missing the race was: none, only 43 cars entered.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, round results on the Watkins Glen Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(8-9-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Watkins Glen:
    Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 29th Annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen with a lap of 68.126 seconds, 129.466 mph.
    This is his 75th pole in 747 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and 13th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his third pole in 22 races at Watkins Glen International.
    Marcos Ambrose (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2014 and his fifth in seven races at Watkins Glen International.
    Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his 11th in 22 races this season.
    Justin Allgaier (15th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-9-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over, after 30 minutes..
    #9-Ambrose 129.491
    #4-Harvick 129.030
    #47-Allmendinger 128.861
    #24-Gordon 128.844
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 128.714
    the rest of the top 12: 31 2 41 48 20 22 55;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to the final round: 14 1 51 99 11 26 18 27 17 13 42 15 78 34 43 16 95 5 3 77 38 32 83 23 98 33 36 66 40 7 10.
    Driver who will miss the race: none, only 43 cars entered.
    (8-9-2014)

  • Final practice for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #47-Allmendinger 128.688
    #9-Ambrose 128.682
    #18-Busch 128.660
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 128.259
    #43-Almirola 128.220
    slowest: #40-Cassill 123.555 & #66-Nemechek 122.679.
    notes: #5-Kahne's team is changing the transmission on his car. #10-Patrick's team changed engines between practices. She will start at the rear of the race Sunday. Teammates #1-McMurray & #42-Larson both had power steering issues. #83-Truex & #55-Vickers spun in separate incidents, but didn't hit anything. #10-Patrick cut a tire and hit the wall with a few minutes remaining in the session and will have to go to a backup car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Watkins Glen Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-8-2014)

  • First Friday practice for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 128.474
    #48-Johnson 127.841
    #2-Keselowski 126.560
    #47-Allmendinger 126.359
    #9-Ambrose 126.356
    slowest: #83-Truex 122.672 & #66-Nemechek 121.758.
    notes: #27-Menard spun off turn 5 early in practice, but did not hit anything. #40-Cassill hit the tire barrier, but the team will repair the car. #14-Stewart's team will change the transmission. #33-Kennedy spun but didn't hit anything.
    The schedule is a little different this weekend. There are two practices today. The only on track action for Cup teams tomorrow is qualifying is Saturday at 11:40am/et. ESPN2 will have TV coverage.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Watkins Glen First Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-8-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:40 am/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 11:40am/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #13-Mears.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #42-Larson.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Watkins Glen Qualifying Page.(8-8-2014)

  • Entry List for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Boris Said, #33-Alex Kennedy, #66-Joe Nemechek, #77-Nelson Piquet Jr., #95-Michael McDowell.
    Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Watkins Glen Entry List

  • For the new group 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

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 3 wins, 2nd in points
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski(X), 3 wins, 3rd
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 3 wins, 6th
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 2 wins, 1st
    5) #22-Joey Logano(X), 2 wins, 7th
    6) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 2 wins, 8th
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick(X), 2 wins, 11th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 10th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 21st
    10) #43-Aric Almirola, 1 win, 22nd
    11) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 23rd
    (no wins, in by points)
    12) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 5th
    14) #15-Clint Bowyer, 9th
    15) #42-Kyle Larson, 12th
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, 13th
    (X) = clinched a spot in the Chase as long as rest of races are attempted.
    (8-3-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 757
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 740, -17
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 687, -70
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, 668, -89
    5) #31-Ryan Newman, 642, -115
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 633, -124
    7) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 633, -124
    8) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 618, -139
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 617, -140
    10) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 611, -146
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    11) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 608, -149
    21) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 532, -225
    22) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 506, -251
    23) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 488, -269 (176 pts ahead of 31st)
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    (8-3-2014)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Cheez-It 255 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-914. Last Raced: Dover (finished 2nd). Backup Chassis: PRS-853. Last Raced: Loudon backup (not raced)
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 469 in the NASCAR 355 at the Glen. This is the same Chevrolet SS Dillon raced to a 17th-place finish at Sonoma Raceway in June.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will utilize Chassis No. 873 in Sunday's race. Harvick raced this car at Sonoma Raceway in June where he started sixth, led nine laps and finished 20th after getting caught up in a late-race accident.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-876 for Sunday's race at Watkins Glen. Kahne drove this chassis to a sixth-place finish at Sonoma Raceway in June.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-759: Chassis No. 10-759 was first used by Patrick in June 2013 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, where she started 31st and finished 29th. It was then used in August at Watkins Glen (N.Y) International, where she started 35th and finished 20th. Patrick drove it in June 2014 at Sonoma and started 11th and finished 18th.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-874: This car made its race debut at Sonoma in June, where Stewart finished an uncharacteristic 19th after a pit-road speeding penalty thwarted his top-10 effort. Prior to Sonoma, Chassis No. 14-874 was tested May 27 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. The car will make its second career start Sunday at Watkins Glen.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 767 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Watkins Glen. This chassis raced at Sonoma in June where Bowyer finished 10th. He raced it to a fifth-place finish at Sonoma and a sixth-place finish at Watkins Glen in 2013. Chassis No. 770 serves as the back-up chassis and has never been raced.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Chassis RK-764 has been around for a few years, but last hit the track one year ago at Watkins Glen. Backup Chassis: RK-916 Last ran Sonoma - finished
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-758 is the same chassis that the #99 team used in 2012 as a backup for all road course races. Backup Chassis: RK- 919 - Last raced at Sonoma - finished 31st
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-913. Last Raced Dover (finished 8th) Backup Chassis: PRS-844 Last Raced: Kentucky backup (not raced)
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-878 for this Sunday's race. This chassis has been raced once with Gordon finishing second at Sonoma Raceway in June.
    #27-Paul Menard: will race chassis No. 470. This Chevrolet SS was previously raced at Sonoma Raceway where Menard secured his second-consecutive, top-five finish of the 2014 season.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 471 in Sunday's NASCAR 355 at The Glen. This chassis was utilized earlier this season in NASCAR's first road-course event at Sonoma Raceway where Newman qualified 11th and finished seventh.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 661 in Sunday's Cheez-It 355k at The Glen. Chassis No. 661 was most recently raced at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in June, where Busch started fifth and finished 12th.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-875 for this weekend's event. This chassis is the same Chevy SS with which Johnson finished seventh at Sonoma. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-801, which last saw on-track action at Watkins Glen last season, where Johnson finished eighth.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 772 finished 14th at Sonoma. Backup: 771 has not raced.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the #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 third-place finish at Sonoma Raceway in June.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-917 was last run in 2014 at Sonoma, starting in the 4th spot and winning the race. Backup chassis RK-853 was last brought to Sonoma in 2014 as the back-up car.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(8-7-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

  • 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: 88.58 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.


Race / Cup Odds


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