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 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, August 7, 2016 in Watkins Glen, NY

Title Sponsor: Cheez-It

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:49pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: USA Network - 2:00 pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: USA Network, 2:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 12:30pm/et on FoxSports2

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, August 4
6:30 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, August 5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:30 - 1:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
3:00 - 4:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, August 6
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Sunday, August 7
8:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
2:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM NSCS RACE

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

  • Watkins Glen Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, August 7: (eastern time)
    2:00pm: Driver Introductions
    2:28pm: Canadian National Anthem: Amy Rivard, Singer/Songwriter
    2:30pm: Presentation of Colors: U.S. Marines Color Guard (on stage), New York State Troopers (Turn 1), Alfred State ROTC (Turn 2), Chemung-Schuyler Cadet Squadron (Esses)
    2:30pm: Invocation by: Reverend David Fife, Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church
    2:31pm: National Anthem by J.W. Cortes
    2:32pm: Flyover by C-130 Hercules, 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
    2:38pm: Command to Start Engines by John Persons, President/COO, Top's Markets and Johnny Persons
    2:49pm: Start of the Cheez-It 355
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, August 5, 12:30 - 1:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, August 5, 3:00 - 4:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, August 6 at 12:15 pm/et, TV-CNBC, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being reported

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • Track Specifications:
    a 2.45-mile paved road course.
    90 laps, 220.5 miles (355 k)
    It has 7 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: John Persons, President/COO, Top's Markets and Johnny Persons
    Command to start engines: John Persons and Johnny Persons
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Actor Jack Huston
    Color Guard: U.S. Marines Color Guard (on stage), New York State Troopers (Turn 1), Alfred State ROTC (Turn 2), Chemung-Schuyler Cadet Squadron (Esses)
    Invocation: Reverend David Fife, Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church
    Canadian National Anthem: Amy Rivard, Singer/Songwriter
    National Anthem: Actor J.W. Cortes
    Flyover: C-130 Hercules, 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

  • August 2015: see the Watkins Glen Race Info page

  • 2015 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 91.420mph, started 16th

  • 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

  • 2015 Pole Winner: #47-AJ Allmendinger, 127.839mph, finished 24th

  • 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, 8*
    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
    Kyle Busch, 4*
    Ernie Irvan, 3
    Geoff Bodine, 3
    Tim Flock, 3
    Cale Yarborough, 3
    * active

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Watkins Glen:
    #14-Tony Stewart (5 wins)........................ 116.1
    #18-Kyle Busch (2)............................... 109.9
    #47-AJ Allmendinger (1).......................... 99.9
    #2-Brad Keselowski......................... 99.4
    #48-Jimmie Johnson.......................... 98.4
    #19-Carl Edwards.............................. 95.1
    #41-Kurt Busch.................................. 94.5
    #4-Kevin Harvick (1).............................. 92.9
    #78-Martin Truex Jr............................ 90.8
    #42-Kyle Larson................................ 89.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (11 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 Track Notes & History:
    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.
    Underwent repave after last season.(NASCAR)

  • Watkins Glen Driver Notes & Facts:
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Watkins Glen with 23. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with 16.
    20 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. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with two.
    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 eight (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, three).
    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.
    Joey Logano (2015) competed at Watkins Glen six times before winning; the longest span of any 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.
    Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Watkins Glen with an 8.364.
    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 16 each. Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Watkins Glen with 262 laps led in 23 starts.
    Danica Patrick and Patty Moise are the only two female NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to compete at Watkins Glen International.
    (NASCAR)

  • Watkins Glen Pole Notes & Facts:
    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.
    20 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 the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Watkins Glen with a 6.067 - Stewart has made 15 starts at WGI.
    Nine of the 33 (27.2%) 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 33 (33.3%) 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 33 (63.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-five starting position.
    23 of the 33 (69.6%) 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)

  • Watkins Glen Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, one race per season.
    265 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen; 162 in more than one.
    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 eight, 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 33 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)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Denny Hamlin wins at Watkins Glen: #11-Denny Hamlin 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, 1st road course win and 28th career win.
    #22-Logano finished 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #47-Allmendinger, #14-Stewart, #18-Busch, #78-Truex Jr., #1-McMurray, #6-Bayne and #20-Kenseth.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson finished last (40th) in a Sprint Cup race for the first time in his career after being involved in a four-car wreck on lap 53.
    #10-Danica Patrick led 11 laps, a career best for a single Sprint Cup event, exceeding the seven laps she had led on two occasions at Talladega.
    Joe Gibbs Racing now has the most wins at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with seven.
    There were 9 lead changes among 8 drivers and 8 cautions for 20 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 89.513 mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Watkins Glen Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-7-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Watkins Glen International:
    #11-Denny Hamlin won the 31st Annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, his 28th victory in 384 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Watkins Glen International.
    #22-Joey Logano (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Watkins Glen International. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2016.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Watkins Glen International.
    #24-Chase Elliott (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #2-Brad Keselowski leads the point standings by 9 points over #4-Kevin Harvick.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-7-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 1st in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [4], 4th in driver points
    3) #19-Edwards [2], 5th
    4) #11-Hamlin [2], 7th
    5) #20-Kenseth [2], 9th
    6) #48-Johnson [2], 10th
    7) #4-Harvick [1], 2nd
    8) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
    9) #22-Logano [1], 6th
    10) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 8th
    11) #14-Stewart [1], 26th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    12) #31-Newman, 11th in drivers points, 51 ahead of 17th
    13) #24-Elliott, 12th, +49
    14) #3-Dillon, 13th, +47
    15) #1-McMurray, 14th, +39
    16) #42-Larson, 15th, +8
    has a win, but not in top-30, not in Chase
    #34-Buescher, 31st in points, 292, 3 pts behind 30th
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #6-Bayne, 16th, -28 out of 16th
    18) #5-Kahne, 17th, -10 pts
    19) #21-Blaney, 18th, -18 pts
    20) #47-Allmendinger, 19th, -34pts
    (8-7-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 727
    2) #4-Harvick [1], 718, -9
    3) #41-Busch [1], 689, -38
    4) #18-Busch, [4], 670, -57
    5) #19-Edwards [2], 653, -74
    6) #22-Logano [1], 652, -75
    7) #11-Hamlin, 620, -107
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 612, -115
    9) #20-Kenseth [2], 600, -127
    10) #48-Johnson [2], 578, -149
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Watkins Glen Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no drivers a lap down
    Caution 2: #38-Cassill, 23rd
    Caution 3: #32-Said, 24th
    Caution 4: #30-Wise, 26th
    Caution 5: #30-Wise(2), 26th
    Caution 6: #3-Dillon, 31st
    Caution 7: #3-Dillon(2), 31st
    Caution 8: #3-Dillon(3), 31st
    (8-7-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Sunday, August 7, 2016.
    Social Media: JAYSKI.com Twitter
    Television (TV): USA Network at 2:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 2:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 2:49pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: none

  • 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.
    With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (12,24,43) have been eliminated and are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
    Pole sitter #19-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #42-Larson took pit stall 38, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #14-Stewart, who starts 3rd took the 13th pit stall, with an opening ahead of it due to a closed pit stall.
    The final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 10th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.

  • Pit stops at The Glen are ... different: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series are taking their talents to the Watkins Glen road course this week. With that comes the challenge of pitting, as The Glen is the only place in the Sprint Cup Series where stops are done backward. What makes this so difficult? The first thing is just simply breaking routines. Pit crews train hard year-round, and all their focus is on gaining one-tenth of a second. Now you take a random week during the year and throw in backward stop and things get interesting. Teams usually will start practicing for Watkins Glen either the week of the race, or sometimes a week earlier. It's usually a two- or three-stop event, so teams don't spend a ton of prep time on it. Getting used to the choreography of the stops is difficult, too. Everything is opposite of the usual flow. Getting footwork to match up can be a challenge. What are usually easy left- and right-side wedge adjustments now become more difficult. Gasmen also have a different angle to plug their cans into. It's not uncommon to see lots of gas being spilled at a track where fuel mileage is big. Perhaps the biggest challenge for crewmen is the penalty they face for jumping early. With the new NASCAR technology, you can't cheat the jump line. When your routine is changed, so is your timing. Expect to see a few guys leave early because their timing is off. With the anxiety of change comes the anxiety of getting across the car quicker, and that's when leaving early happens.(NASCAR/PitTalks.com)(8-7-2016)

  • 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
    Pit Stop Times
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Edwards wins pole at Watkins Glen: #19-Carl Edwards won the pole for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International with speed of 126.562mph for his 4th pole of 2016, 2nd at Watkins Glen, 3rd road course pole (he also won the pole at Sonoma in June) and 20th of his career (tied with Benny Parsons and Neil Bonnett for 27th most). Edwards has won from the pole three times in 19 previous tries.
    #42-Larson starts 2nd followed by #14-Stewart, #20-Kenseth, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #31-Newman, #47-Allmendinger, #1-McMurray, #95-McDowell and #2-Keselowski.
    Jeff Gordon, subbing for #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will start 21st.
    Last weeks race winner, #34-Buescher will start 25th.
    #22-Logano paced the opening round of qualifying at 126.216mph and starts 7th.
    Notes: #38-Cassill had no speed as his car encountered fuel pressure problems and didn't get on the track, start 40th.
    Drivers who will miss the race: None as 40 drivers are entered for 40 starting spots
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Watkins Glen qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Watkins Glen Starting Lineup page (pdf).(8-6-2016)

  • Watkins Glen International - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    #19-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 31st Annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen with a lap of 69.689 seconds, 126.562 mph.
    This is his 20th pole in 431 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and 17th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his second pole in 12 races at Watkins Glen International.
    #42-Kyle Larson (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2016 and his second in three races at Watkins Glen International.
    #14-Tony Stewart (third) posted his 14th top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his sixth in 14 races this season.
    #24-Chase Elliott (16th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-6-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over, after 25 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 126.216
    #19-Edwards 125.933
    #2-Keselowski 125.757
    #47-Allmendinger 125.709
    #1-McMurray 125.691
    the rest of the top 12: 20 95 42 11 18 31 14;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 2 (13-40): 48 78 4 24 41 3 21 13 88 98 5 16 34 23 44 15 7 17 10 6 27 43 83 55 32 46 30 38
    Notes: #38-Cassill had no speed as his car encountered fuel pressure problems and didn't get on the track.
    Drivers who will miss the race: None as 40 drivers are entered for 40 starting spots
    (8-6-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 12:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): CNBC, 12:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • 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.

  • Qualifying Order for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted. 40 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #88-Gordon.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #5-Kahne.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Watkins Glen Qualifying Order Page (pdf).

  • Happy Hour (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 and notes:
    #47-Allmendinger 127.551
    #78-Truex Jr. 127.481
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 127.416
    #18-Busch 127.381
    #20-Kenseth 127.280
    slowest: #30-Wise 120.709 & #55-Kennedy 121.865
    notes: #42-Larson spun off turn 1, but no damage and drove on.
    #23-Ragan spun off track and smacked the wall, doing some damage to the drivers side of the car.
    #47-Allmendinger's car started smoking late in the session, ended up being a loose oil line.
    Qualifying is Saturday, August 6th at 12:15pm/et, will air live in CNBC and via radio at MRN and SiriusXM.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on Jayski.com's Watkins Glen Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf) (8-5-2016)

  • First 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 and notes:
    #78-Truex Jr. 126.883
    #11-Hamlin 126.343
    #13-Mears 125.896
    #19-Edwards 125.654
    #18-Busch 125.643
    slowest: #30-Wise 119.883 & #46-Annett 120.300
    notes: #10-Patrick had some brake issues early just before the inner loop, but was able to get the car to the garage and repaired. #15-Bowyer spun off track, but no damage. Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled for 3:00pm/et, also on NBCSN. Qualifying is Saturday, August 6th at 12:15pm/et, will air live in CNBC and via radio at MRN and SiriusXM.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave on Jayski.com's Watkins Glen Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf) (8-5-2016)

  • Entry List for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Boris Said, #55-Alex Kennedy*, #88-Jeff Gordon, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Kennedy, #98-Whitt
    Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Watkins Glen Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [4], 4th in driver points
    3) #19-Edwards [2], 5th
    4) #48-Johnson [2], 7th
    5) #20-Kenseth [2], 10th
    6) #4-Harvick [1], 1st
    7) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
    8) #22-Logano [1], 6th
    9) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 8th
    10) #11-Hamlin [1], 9th
    11) #14-Stewart [1], 27th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    12) #3-Dillon, 11th in drivers points, 61 ahead of 17th
    13) #31-Newman, 12th, +49
    14) #24-Elliott, 13th, +45
    15) #1-McMurray, 14th, +29
    16) #42-Larson, 15th, +20
    has a win, but not in top-30
    #34-Buescher, 31st in points, 281, 6 pts behind 30th
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #5-Kahne, 16th, -20 pts
    18) #6-Bayne, 17th, -28 pts
    19) #21-Blaney, 18th, -28 pts
    20) #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 19th, -36pts
    21) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 20th, -47
    (8-1-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 709
    2) #2-Keselowski [4], 687, -22
    3) #41-Busch [1], 658, -51
    4) #18-Busch, [4], 634, -75
    5) #19-Edwards [2], 626, -83
    6) #22-Logano [1], 612, -97
    7) #48-Johnson [2], 577, -132
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 577, -132
    9) #11-Hamlin, 576, -133
    10) #20-Kenseth [2], 569, -140
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).

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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: 7 sets for the event

    Tire Code: D-4648 (same on all four tire positions)

    Tire Circumference: 88.15 in. (2,239 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Right Front -- 24 psi;
    Left Rear -- 21 psi; Right Rear -- 21 psi

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4648) on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen . . . due to the track repave, this is the first time these teams have run this tire code (D-4648) at The Glen . . . this is a short track tire from Goodyear's current tire lineup, which Xfinity teams currently run on the right-side at Iowa . . . compared to what was run at Watkins Glen last year, this tire features a slightly tougher compound for heat resistance, which is of prime concern on all repaved tracks . . . this tire was the unanimous selection of the drivers participating in the Goodyear test at The Glen held on May 10-11 . . . drivers participating in that test were Trevor Bayne, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano. . . . it was also confirmed at a two-day NASCAR organizational test at the track last week . . . 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 . . . Xfinity teams last ran this wet weather tire code at Road America in 2014.

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