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THE RACE: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

TRACK: Watkins Glen International

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #22 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, August 9, 2015 in Watkins Glen, NY

Title Sponsor: Cheez-It

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:18pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, August 6
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, August 7
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:40 - 5:55 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, August 8
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
1:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Sunday, August 9
8:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
2:00 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

    Watkins Glen Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
    -- 1:00pm: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    -- 1:30pm: NSCS Driver Introductions
    -- 1:58pm: Canadian National Anthem: Amy Rivard, Singer/Songwriter
    -- 2:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: U.S. Marines Color Guard, Recruiting Station Buffalo
    -- 2:00pm: Invocation by: Reverend David Fife, Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church
    -- 2:01pm: National Anthem by: David Cook, Winner of American Idol, Season 8
    -- 2:02pm: Flyover by: 914 AW (C-130) (Turn 7 to Turn 1)
    -- 2:08pm.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Mel Bomprezzi, V.P. of Grocery, The Kroger Company, and Brent Cox, Coordinator of Grocery, Edibles, The Kroger Company
    -- 2:19pm: Green flag - Start of the Cheez-It 355 (90 Laps, 220.5 Miles) TV:NBCSN Radio: MRN/Siriux XM
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, August 7, 11:30 am - 12:50 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, August 7, 4:40 - 5:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, August 8 at 1:15 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $4,960,524
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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 front stretch 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: 38,900
    Opened: 1956
    Repaved: in 1971, 1999 and 2015

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Mel Bomprezzi and Brent Cox, Kroger Company
    Command to start engines: Mel Bomprezzi and Brent Cox, Kroger Company
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Margarita Caraballao
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine
    Color Guard: U.S. Marines Color Guard, Recruiting Station Buffalo
    Invocation: Reverend David Fife, Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church
    Canadian National Anthem: Amy Rivard
    USA National Anthem: American Idol winner (8th season) David Cook
    Flyover: 914 AW (C-130)

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Watkin's Glen International - website
    ISC Motorsports
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    YouTube
    flickr
    International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • August 2014: see the Watkins Glen Race Info page

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  • 2014 Race Winner: #47-AJ Allmendinger, 90.123mph, started 6th

  • 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

  • 2014 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 129.466mph, finished 34th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Marcos Ambrose, August 2014, 129.491mph (set in 1st round)

  • 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(3 or more wins)
    Driver, Wins
    Jeff Gordon, 9*
    Tony Stewart, 7*
    Bobby Allison, 6
    Richard Petty, 6
    Ricky Rudd, 6
    Rusty Wallace, 6
    Dan Gurney, 5
    Tim Richmond, 5
    Darrell Waltrip, 5
    Kyle Busch, 4*
    David Pearson, 4
    Mark Martin, 4
    Geoff Bodine, 3
    Tim Flock, 3
    Ernie Irvan, 3
    Cale Yarborough, 3
    * active
    (8-4-2015)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Watkins Glen:
    #14-Tony Stewart............................. 120.4
    #18-Kyle Busch............................... 108.4
    #47-AJ Allmendinger........................ 100.5
    #48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 100.1
    #2-Brad Keselowski......................... 97.5
    #19-Carl Edwards.............................. 95.0
    #41-Kurt Busch.................................. 94.3
    #78-Martin Truex Jr............................ 90.7
    #4-Kevin Harvick.............................. 89.0
    #24-Jeff Gordon................................ 85.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (10 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)(8-4-2015)

  • Watkins Glen Track Notes & History - Thursday:
    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, 08/04/1957).
    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)(8-6-2015)

  • Watkins Glen Driver Notes & Facts - Friday:
    252 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen; 152 in more than one.
    19 different drivers have won at Watkins Glen International in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, led by Tony Stewart with five wins; followed by Jeff Gordon with four.
    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).
    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) and AJ Allmendinger (2014) both competed at Watkins Glen five times each before winning; the longest span of any of the five active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Watkins Glen: Steve Park (08/13/2000), Marcos Ambrose (08/15/11) and AJ Allmendinger (08/11/14).
    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.
    AJ Allmendinger leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Watkins Glen with a 7.833.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Watkins Glen with 262 laps led in 22 starts.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen without visiting Victory Lane at 14 each.
    Danica Patrick and Patty Moise are the only two female NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to compete at Watkins Glen International.
    (NASCAR)(8-7-2015)

  • Watkins Glen Pole Notes & Facts - Saturday:
    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, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon with three each.
    Mark Martin is the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to post consecutive Coors Light poles at Watkins Glen (three) - 1993, 1994, and 1995.
    Tony Stewart leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Watkins Glen with a 6.286 - Stewart has made 14 starts at WGI.
    Nine of the 32 (28.1%) 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 32 (34.3%) 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 32 (65.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-five starting position.
    23 of the 32 (71.8%) 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 is 18th, by Steve Park in 2000.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen six times: 1965, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.
    (NASCAR)(8-8-2015)

  • Watkins Glen Race Notes & Facts - Sunday:
    There have been 32 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, one race per season.
    Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Watkins Glen with 22 each.
    Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing are tied for the most wins at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with six each:
    Hendrick Motorsports: Jeff Gordon (four), Tim Richmond (one) and Ricky Rudd (one).
    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 17 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 32 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 8/9/1987 and 8/14/2011 races were the only NSCS races at Watkins Glen that has been postponed to another date due to weather.
    (NASCAR)(8-9-2015)

  • 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 & Links

  • Logano wins at Watkins Glen: #22-Joey Logano won the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International for his 2nd win of the season, 1st win at Watkins Glen and 10th career win.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #20-Kenseth, #41-Busch, #15-Bowyer, #2-Keselowski, #19-Edwards, #9-Hornish, Jr, and #48-Johnson.
    Harvick ran out of fuel while leading on the final lap and was passed by Logano and Busch coming to the checkered flag. The only lap Logano led was the final one.
    #18-Busch's 2nd place finished moved him up to 30th in the points standings and puts him into the Chase (as long as he can remain in the top 30 through the Richmond race).
    Pole sitter #47-Allmendinger was running 6th on lap 50 when the car lost power and he went a lap down. He climbed back to 14th place before running out of gas late in the race and finishing 24th.
    #4-Harvick continues to be the points leader now 42 points over #22-Logano.
    There were 8 lead changes among 8 drivers. There were 5 cautions for 16 yellow flag laps.
    There was a red flag on lap 51 for track cleanup after an accident.
    The average speed was 91.420mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-9-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Watkins Glen:
    Joey Logano won the 30th Annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, his 10th victory in 241 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Watkins Glen International.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 11 races at Watkins Glen International. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2015. Busch is now 30th in the points and eligible for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 15 races at Watkins Glen International.
    Matt DiBenedetto (26th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 42 points over Joey Logano.
    Joey Logano becomes the first driver to sweep both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Watkins Glen International.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-9-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins](4th in driver points)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins] (30th)
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins] (1st)
    4) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins] (2nd)
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins] (3rd)
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins] (7th)
    7) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins] (8th)
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win] (5th)
    9) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win] (6th)
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win](10th)
    11) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win](15th)
    (above drivers have clinched a berth in the Chase, except Busch who must remain in the top 30)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, +73 ahead of 16th in driver points
    13) #27-Paul Menard, +60
    14) #24-Jeff Gordon, +58
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, +51
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, +50
    [currently out of the Chase]
    17) #43-Aric Almirola, -50
    18) #5-Kasey Kahne, -51
    19) #16-Biffle, -80
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-9-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 823
    2) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 781, -42
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 750, -73
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 747, -76
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 719, -104
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 714, -109
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 659, -164
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 659, -164
    9) #1-Jamie McMurray, 635, -188
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 631, -192
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

    (8-9-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #26-Burton, 39th
    Caution 2: #16-Biffle, 14th
    Caution 3: #43-Almirola, 16th
    Caution 4: none, #3-Dillon was penalized when the team worked on the car under red.
    Caution 5: #47-Allmendinger, 24th
    (8-9-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Sunday, August 9, 2015.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 2:00 pm/et; Countdown to Green pre-race show at 1:30pm/et; green flag approx. 2:18pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, August 10 at 12:00pm/et on NBCSN [NASCAR 120]

  • 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 #47-Allmendinger chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr. took pit stall 37, with an opening behind it.
    #14-Stewart, who starts 3rd took the 2nd pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #98-Hill, who starts 43rd.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-8-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary 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 - 2015 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

  • Allmendinger wins Watkins Glen pole: #47-AJ Allmendinger won the Coors Light pole for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International with speed of 127.839mph for his 2nd pole of 2015, 1st at Watkins Glen and 4th pole of his career.
    #78-Truex, Jr. is on the outside pole followed by #14-Stewart, #4-Harvick, #24-Gordon, #42-Larson, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #18-Busch, #48-Johnson, #3-Dillon, #2-Keselowski, and #51-Allgaier.
    Missing the race was: #62-Bell.
    See the starting Lineup, qualifying results by round, pole progression and more on Jayski.com's Watkins Glen Qualifying Page.(8-8-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Watkins Glen:
    AJ Allmendinger won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 30th Annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen with a lap of 68.993 seconds, 127.839 mph.
    This is his fourth pole in 249 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in seven races at Watkins Glen International.
    Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2015 and his fourth in ten races at Watkins Glen International.
    Tony Stewart (third) posted his 13th top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his seventh in 22 races this season.
    Matt DiBenedetto (27th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-8-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 1:15 pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 1:00 pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Final practice for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
    #24-Gordon 127.333
    #42-Larson 127.049
    #16-Biffle 126.987
    #18-Busch 126.837
    #22-Logano 126.720
    slowest: #26-Burton 121.001 & #98-Hill 119.777.
    most laps run: #6-Bayne, 31 laps
    Notes: Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday at 1:15pm/et on NBCSN.
    See fastest practice speeds, laps run on the Watkins Glen final practice page (pdf).(8-7-2015)

  • First Friday practice for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
    #15-Bowyer 127.067
    #47-Allmendinger 126.901
    #48-Johnson 126.139
    #9-Hornish, Jr. 126.095
    #13-Mears 25.969
    slowest:#23-Yeley 120.436 & #62-Bell 119.583.
    most laps run: #34-Buescher, 24 laps & #2-Keselowski, 23 laps
    Notes: Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday at 1:15pm/et. Today there will be two Cup practices.
    See fastest practice speeds, laps run on the Watkins Glen 1st practice page (pdf).(8-7-2015)

  • Qualifying Order for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #46-Annett.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #11-Hamlin.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Watkins Glen Qualifying Page.(8-7-2015)

  • Road Course Qualifying Format: Qualifying will consist of two elimination rounds to determine the starting grid. The first elimination round will last 25 minutes and include all cars. The 12 cars that post the fastest single lap will advance to the final round. The remaining cars will be sorted based on their times posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order. The final qualifying round will last 10 minutes and the fastest single lap time will determine positions 1 through 12 in descending order. The fastest driver in the final round will earn the pole position for the race.

  • NASCAR moves up Watkins Glen drivers' meeting: NASCAR will push the start of the driver/crew chief back to only one hour before the start of Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. The driver/crew chief meeting will take place at 1:00pm/et. The start time listed for the race is 2:00pm/et. Typically, the driver/crew chief meeting is held two hours before the start of the race. NASCAR states that this is an experiment for this weekend to create a shorter window between the meeting and driver introductions, which are scheduled to begin at 1:30pm/et. The driver/crew chief meeting often lasts between five and 10 minutes, depending on the number of dignitaries introduced and questions from competitors. After dignitaries are introduced, competitors watch a video outlining various rules for the race and can ask questions afterward.(NBC Sports)(8-7-2015)

  • Chase clinch scenarios at Watkins Glen: OK, there are a lot of numbers, but it's not as confusing as it may look. There are 11 different winners. There are five races left in the regular season. And there will be 16 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. In other words, after this weekend, the playoff picture will come closer into focus. Here's where we stand now:
    With the exception of #18-Kyle Busch, all drivers with multiple wins have clinched a spot in the Chase, assuming all start the remainder of the regular season races. That includes #48-Jimmie Johnson, #4-Kevin Harvick, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #20-Matt Kenseth and #41-Kurt Busch. (Kyle Busch has not clinched a spot yet because he needs to first lock up a top 30 spot.)
    None of the single-win drivers have fully clinched a Chase spot yet. Here's the reason: There's still the potential of a zero-win points leader - and the regular season points leader is guaranteed a Chase spot, regardless of win total. Which leads us to the math above...
    Because there aren't enough races left to fill out the Chase Grid with more than 16 unique winners, if there is a repeat winner at Watkins Glen this weekend, all single-win drivers will clinch a spot as long as they have also clinched a top-30 spot. All except Carl Edwards have already done this, and Edwards will likely accomplish the feat this weekend.
    If there's a new winner this weekend, a number of different scenarios can play out. This weekend, Kevin Harvick can mathematically guarantee that the points leader at regular season's end has a win. If he leaves Watkins Glen with a 176-point lead over the highest non-winning driver, it would guarantee the points leader after race No. 26 would have at least one win - and all one-win drivers would then clinch a spot as long as they also have clinched a top 30 spot. If Harvick doesn't accomplish the above, and there's a new winner, single-win drivers could lock up a Chase spot, but would need help (a clinching single-win driver would need to ensure that the lowest ranked winner could not pass him/her in the points - and that includes drivers who could potentially win).(NASCAR)(8-6-2015)

  • Entry List for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Boris Said, #33-Kennedy, #34-Chris Buescher, #62-TJ Bell, #95-McDowell, #98-Hill.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Bell
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #95-McDowell
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Watkins Glen Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins](4th in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins](1st)
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins](3rd)
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins](7th)
    5) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins](8th)
    (above drivers have clinched a berth in the Chase)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win](2nd)
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win](5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win](6th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win](11th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win](16th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, +97 ahead of 17th in driver points
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon, +83
    13) #27-Paul Menard, +57
    14) #31-Ryan Newman, +50
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, +40
    16) #5-Kasey Kahne, +25
    [currently out of the Chase]
    17) #43-Aric Almirola, -25
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    32) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 318, 13 pts out of 30th
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf). (8-2-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 780
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 734, -46
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 717, -63
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 713, -67
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 694, -86
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 681, -99
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 662, -118
    8) #1-Jamie McMurray, 631, -149
    9) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 620, -160
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 617, -166
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-2-2015)

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

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

Weather Channel

Accuweather

National Weather Service

Race Weather

Race Day Forecast

Weather Underground

CAMPING & TRAVEL

Laid Back Racing

Speed Eats

CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • No More Chassis Selections: Recently many team stopped posting chassis selections on race previews.
    This leaves only a handful of teams reporting/posting chassis selections.
    So, will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 5 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Code:
    D-4590 (same on all four tire positions)

  • Tire Circumference:
    88.66 in. (2,252 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation -- Sprint Cup:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 21 psi;
    Left Rear -- 18 psi; Right Rear -- 18 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation -- Xfinity:
    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 Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4590) on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen . . . this is the same tire these teams have run at The Glen since 2013 . . . Xfinity teams also ran this tire at Road America last season and are scheduled to do so at all three of their road course races this season . . . 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 both Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . Sprint Cup teams did not have to use the wet weather tires earlier this season at Sonoma, the first race with that possibility in the NASCAR rule book. . . Xfinity teams ran these wet weather tires at Road America last June.

  • K&N Pro Series East: Goodyear will also supply the tires for the K&N 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 and K&N West Series . . . teams will get three sets for the event -- one for practice, one for qualifying/start of race and one additional for the race . . . Goodyear will also bring its D-3070 wet weather tires for the K&N Series, and teams are allowed up to three sets of those.

RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP 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)

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