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- Race: Sunday, August 12, 2007 in Watkins Glen, NY
- Title Sponsor: Centurion Boats
- Track: Watkins Glen International
- TV: ESPN 2:00pm/et
- NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 1:00pm/et
- Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:20pm/et
- SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 1:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
Monday, August 13 at 9:00am/et on ESPNC
Monday, August 13 at 3:00pm/et on ESPN2
Thursday, August 16 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
Thursday, August 16 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, August 16 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)
- Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little
- Studio: Brent Musburger, Suzy Kolber and Brad Daugherty
- TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
- Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio
- Purse/Race Awards: $4,800,931 (was $4,705,975 in 2006)
- Practice: August 10, 11:50am - 1:20pm/et TV-none and Saturday, August 11, 10:30 - 11:20am/et TV-none
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 11, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et on TV-ESPN2
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 10, 10:50am/et
- Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-43, Friday, August 10 at 3:10pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air; AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
FRIDAY, August 10
6:00am NNCS Garage Opens
6:00am Shuttle Bus Available
6:30am NBS Garage Opens
10:00am Grandstands Open
10:50am NNCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Drawing for Qualifying Order
11:50am – 1:20pm NNCS Practice
12:30am NBS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Drawing for Qualifying Order
1:30pm – 3:00pm NBS Practice
3:10pm NNCS Qualifying (One Lap, All Positions)
5:30pm NBS Final Practice (45 minutes, Time Permitting)
6:00pm NNCS Garage Closes
6:30pm Grand Am START – Crown Royal 200 at The Glen (200 miles/82 Laps)
Saturday, August 11th
6:00am Shuttle Bus Available
8:30am NNCS Garage & Registration Opens
9:00am Grandstands Open
10:30am – 11:20am NNCS Practice
11:35am NBS Qualifying (NASCAR Road Race Qualifying) Impound
1:50pm – 2:50pm NNCS FINAL PRACTICE
2:25pm NBS Pre-Race Ceremonies
3:30pm NBS START – ZIPPO 200 (82 Laps, 200.9 Miles)
5:30pm Concert in the Esses on the Red Cat Summer Stage
7:00pm – 9:00pm "Talladega Nights" showing on Turn 10 Jumbotron (Brought to you by Toyota)
Sunday, August 12th
6:00am Shuttle Bus Available
10:00am Grandstands Open
12:00pm NNCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (NBS Garage)
1:30pm NNCS Drivers Introduction
2:00pm NNCS START – Centurion Boats at The Glen (90 Laps, 220.5 Miles)
NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
NBS = Busch Series
NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials
Number of Tires: 1,950
Tire Code: D-4010
Tire Circumference: 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 23 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 17 psi;
Right Front -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 30-32 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: NASCAR Nextel Cup teams will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4110) on
all four tire positions at Watkins Glen International this weekend . . . this is
the same tire code that Goodyear brought to the Nextel Cup Series' other road
course race at Infineon Raceway in June . . . this code is also run on the
right-side at Martinsville . . . this is the first time this tire has been run
at Watkins Glen . . . NASCAR Busch Series teams will run a different tire code
(D-4112) this weekend . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run
inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.
Busch Series teams will run the same tire code (D-4112) on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen International this weekend . . . this is Goodyear's road course tire for the Busch Series in 2007, and is slightly different than that run on the NASCAR Nextel Cup cars . . . Busch teams have run this tire at Mexico City earlier this season and at Montreal last weekend . . .Goodyear will bring 600 wet weather tires (D-5648) to Watkins Glen this weekend, in case NASCAR decides to run in rainy conditions [NO word if they would be used by the Cup teams] . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.
- Stewart wins at Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart won the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International for his 3rd win in 2007 and 32nd of his career [ties him for 19th on the all-time list with Dale Jarrett]. Stewart beat #11-Hamlin by 0.464 seconds, the rest of the top-10 were #48-Johnson, #96-Fellows, #7-Gordon, #1-Truex Jr., #5-Busch, #99-Edwards, #24-Gordon and #16-Biffle. #24-Gordon was leading with two laps to go when he wheel hopped in the 1st turn and spun, falling to 9th and handing the lead over to a charging #20-Stewart. #8-Earnhardt Jr. finished 42nd losing an engine after running in the top ten most of the day, he drops to 14th in drivers points, 2 spots outside the Chase, but falls to 100 pts behind #2-Busch who is 12th, #12-Newman is now 13th, 96pts out of the Chase. There were 8 cautions for 20 laps [and a 25 minute red flag] and only 6 drivers led the race with 9 lead changes.
Race Results on my Watkins Glen Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Watkins Glen page
Race Rundown: see my Watkins Glen Race Info/Rundown Page for my race rundown page, laps led, top 10, race notes, lucky dogs and more.(8-12-2007)
- Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after Watkins Glen [22 of 36 races]:
1) #24-Jeff Gordon 3384
2) #11-Denny Hamlin 3040 -344
3) #17-Matt Kenseth 2952 -432
4) #20-Tony Stewart 2939 -445
5) #99-Carl Edwards 2824 -560
6) #31-Jeff Burton 2806 -578
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2789 -595
8) #5-Kyle Busch 2757 -627
9) #07-Clint Bowyer 2667 -717
10) #29-Kevin Harvick 2655 -729
11) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 2587 -797
12) #2-Kurt Busch 2529 -855
some other notables:
#12-Newman is 13th -96 pts behind 12th
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 14th
#42-Montoya is 19th
#9-Kahne is 27th
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(8-12-2007)
- Ramblings - Watkins Glen Race Notes: We had wheel hops (Tony Stewart & Jeff Gordon chief amongst them) and sock hops (how's about that tango with Kevin Harvick & Juan Pablo Montoya?)....and even some racing & passing to boot! After Tony Stewart looked like he lost it when he spun in turn one early, he ended up winning it when Jeff Gordon spun on the final lap in the same exact spot. Tony's victory was his third in the last four races, the 32nd of his Nextel Cup career (he's now tied for 19th with Dale Jarrett on the all-time win list) and his 6th on a road course. Win #58 for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR finished one-two, btw) was worth $239,286 from the $4.8M in posted awards.
Jimmie Johnson (3rd) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Darlington in May.
Ron Fellows (4th) had his best finish since he was runner-up here in August of 2004 (only six races).
Robby Gordon (5th) had his best finish since he was 4th here last year. Fellow's & Gordon's Top-5's give us 28 drivers at that mark this season.... last year's number was 29. Fellow's Top-10 gives us 40 drivers with a Top-10 this season, surpassing last year's number of 38.
J. J. Yeley (18th) had his best finish since he was 17th at Pocono in June.
Paul Menard (29th) had his best finish since he was 12th at Michigan in June.
David Stremme (21st) had his best finish since he was 17th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 10 Top-10's in a row. Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10's in a row.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Boris Said (+25), followed by Robby Gordon (+24) and Ron Fellows (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jeff Burton (-36), followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr (-28 ), Kevin Harvick (-27), Regan Smith (-27), and Juan Pablo Montoya (-21).
Patrick Carpentier led a lap today in his inital Nextel Cup effort. He's the 47th different driver to lead a lap this season vs 48 of 'em last year.
Dale Earnhardt Jr's blown motor was certainly costly to him in the points today. With only four races left till the "Chase", he's dropped to 14th 100 points out of 12th. Ryan Newman is now the main pretender for the Top-12....96 markers out. Jeff Gordon's lead over Denny Hamlin is now 344 points.
Robby Gordon (29th to 26th) made up the most ground today, while Ricky Rudd (26th to 29th) went in the exact opposite direction. Our "Mathematically Eliminated" line has moved up to 30th.(Stock Car Fans)(8-12-2007)
- Watkins Glen Race Facts:
.. Tony Stewart won the Centurion Boats at The Glen, his 32nd victory in 306 Nextel Cup Series races.
.. Stewart moved into a tie with Dale Jarrett for 19th on the all-time wins list.
.. This is his third victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2007.
.. This is his fourth victory and seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Watkins Glen International.
.. Denny Hamlin (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 2007 and his second in as many races at Watkins Glen.
.. Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 13th top 10 of 2007 and his third in six races at Watkins Glen.
.. Jeff Gordon (ninth) posted his eighth top 10 in 15 Watkins Glen races. Gordon continues to lead the 2007 point standings. He has led the point standings since Bristol and is now 349 points ahead of Denny Hamlin.
.. Gordon is 954 points ahead of the 13th position and is the only driver that has clinched a spot in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
.. Patrick Carpentier (22nd) led laps 31 through 37, leading in his first career Nextel Cup race.
.. Stewart had the highest ranking in the loop data driver rating entering this event. It was the third time this season that the highest ranking driver won the race. Jimmie Johnson (Las Vegas) and Matt Kenseth (California) were the others.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-12-2007)
(as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)
- The Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 90 of 90 laps:
car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
#20-Stewart-C (5)(20 laps led)
#1-Truex Jr.-C (12)
#24-Gordon-C (1)(51 laps led)
C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie
- Pit Selection Chart page at:
FoxSports - Watkins Glen Pit Stall Selection
- Cars on the lead lap: 33 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 26,22
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 29,01
- Cars on the track: 37 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (6) and reason:
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (engine-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (6 leaders with 8 lead changes):
- Lap leaders: #24-Gordon - started 1st (rain); #24-Gordon 1-13; #20-Stewart 14-24; #26-McMurray 25-30; #10-Carpentier 31-37; #20-Stewart 38-44; #24-Gordon 45-53; #43-Labonte 54-57; #36-Mayfield 58-59; #24-Gordon 60-88; #20-Stewart 89-90
Cautions: 8 for 20 laps
Caution 8 - Laps 81 - 82: #38-Gilliland got off the track in the inner lopp, the #00-Jones ended up stuck in the kitty litter off the inner loop
RED FLAG during 7th caution, as of 4:48pm/et to 5:13pm/et
Caution 7 - Laps 74 - 77: #42-Montoya and #29-Harvick got together after #1-Truex got into the #42, with both spinning around in turn 1, the 42 drifted back on the track and #31-Burton slammed into the #42. Harvick and Montoya then got into a shouting and shoving match on the track, Montoya got back in the car and drove on but the car is too broke to go on.
Caution 6 - Laps 69 - 72: #45-Petty lost and engine; plus a lot of debris in the inner loop when some drivers got off course, including #11-Hamlin, #20-Stewart, #15-Menard who spun when #17-Kenseth got into the #15, the #17 has some left front damage
Caution 5 - Laps 65 - 66: Debris in the inner-loop; #8-Earnhardt Jr. lost an engine and stopped on the track, then slowly drove the car back to the garage
Caution 4 - Laps 53 - 54: #41-Sorenson spun off turn 1, possible tire going down, just after the caution came out, #48-Johnson and #42-Montoya got together in turn 9, with Johnson spinning around
Caution 3 - Laps 41 - 42: #5-Busch and #99-Edwards made contact, with Busch spinning off turn 7
Caution 2 - Laps 24 - 25: #83-Vickers spun off turn 10 and #01-Smith had no place to go and scraped along the left side of the #83, leaving some door foam from the #83 on the track
Caution 1 - Laps 12 - 13: #12-Newman ran off the track an into the gravel off turn 10 but got out, then #6-Ragan got off track in turn 6 and got stuck in the gravel
- Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
Caution 8: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
Caution 7: #26-McMurray[still 1 lap down], 30th
Caution 6: #41-Sorenson, 28th
Caution 5: #78-Wallace(2), 31st
Caution 4: #01-Smith [still 9 laps down], 37th
Caution 3: #78-Wallace, 31st
Caution 2: #6-Ragan, 32nd
Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down that is on the track
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- Penalty Report:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
1 #12 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 11
2 #6 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 11
3 #01 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 40
4 #96 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 53
5 #83 PT Excessive Speed-Entering pits 60
6 #07 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 64
7 #2 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 65
8 #26 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 73
PT - Pass through
TE - Tail end of the longest line
SG - Stop and Go
OL - One lap
ND - NASCAR discretion
MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-12-2007)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- on the final lap, #99-Edwards ran off the course while running 2nd and finished 8th
---- on lap 89, #24-Gordon wheel hopped and spun out in turn 1 by himself, losing the lead and falling back to 9th where he finished
---- on lap 86, #6-Ragan got off track into the gravel, but was able to get himself out, but left a lot of gravel on the track, no caution thrown
---- on lap 85, #38-Gilliland spun around, but drove on, no caution thrown
---- #42-Montoya and #29-Harvick both are now back in the garage as of lap 85
---- on lap 79 #29-Harvick came back on the track after the team amde repairs; #88-Rudd if off the track, then on lap 80 #42-Montoya is back on the track
---- during the red flag, a fan came out on the track and asked and got an autograph from #17-Kenseth, no word if he was caught by security
---- #26-McMurray was listed off track, went 2 laps down, then back on track as of lap 75
---- during the 5th caution, #2-Busch, while running 2nd, came in to get gas and tires and make sure they had enough gas to finish the race BUT then he sped off pit orad and will be sent to the end of the longer line; other drivers who came in for a pitstop include: #01-Smith; #10-Carpentier; #45-Petty; #44-Jarrett
---- on lap 63, #12-Newman and #07-Bowyer made contact and spun off turn 1
---- on lap 62, #25-Mears and #66-Green made contact, with the #25 spinning around off turn 1, the next lap, Green then spun out, then drove off.
---- #36-Mayfield led 2 laps made his scheduled pit stop on lap 60
---- on lap 58, #43-Labonte made his pit stop, #36-Mayfield took the lead
---- all but five cars came in to pit during the 3th caution, drivers who stayed out: #43-Labonte; #36-Mayfield; #22-Blaney; #9-Kahne; #78-KWallace. #96-Fellows was caught speeding on pit road and had to do a pass-thru penalty
---- on lap 44, #20-Stewart was leading, spun off turn 1 and went back to the 19th position
---- #01-Smith is back on the track as of lap 43, down 10 laps
---- during the 3rd caution, #12-Newman came in to get a chassis adjustment; also pitting included: #7-Gordon; #9-Kahne; #5-Busch (changed spring rubbers); #78-Wallace; #45-Petty;
---- on lap 38 #1-Truex Jr. missed the inner-loop, and he had to stop, then go, or get a penalty, falling from 8th to 12th
---- on lap 38 #10-Carpentier came in for his scheduled pit stop after leading 7 laps, #20-Stewart took the lead
---- on lap 36, #36-Mayfield came in for his scheduled pit stop, the #36 and #10 are sharing a pit stall and the #10 pit crew
---- on lap 30, #7-Gordon and #00-Jones came in to pit, leader #26-McMurray came in on lap 31, the care fell off the jack, but McMurray stayed and the crew got the pit stop finished
---- on lap 28, #9-Kahne and #43-Labonte came in to pit
---- all the front runners came in to pit during the 2nd caution, #20-Stewart came in first and came out 3rd, #24-Gordon was 2nd, came out leading and #8-Earnhardt Jr. came out 2nd of that group, BUT seven drivers staryed on the track and didn't pit during the 2nd caution: #26-McMurray leads, followed by #00-Jones, #10-Carpentier, #36-Mayfield; #44-Jarrett; #1-Truex Jr. and #41-Sorenson
---- #29-Harvick is falling back after running as high as 6th, around lap 20, he is reporting his brakes are going away.
---- on lap 16, #41-Sorenson, came in to fuel up, working on a strategy run
---- #45-Petty came back on the track on lap 13 after the team made repairs, no word what the problem was, Petty is 11 laps down
---- during the 1st caution, #12-Newman pitted to get new tires and have the car checked out for damage, others who came it to pit including: #17-Kenseth; #55-Labonte; #6-Ragan; #40-Stremme; #44-Jarrett; #70-Sauter; #41-Sorenson [stalled out]; #66-Green; #38-Gilliland; #01-Smith; #10-Carpentier; #78-Wallace;
---- on lap 8, #36-Mayfield pitted for fuel only
---- on lap 4, #83-Vickers pitted for fuel only
---- on the 2nd lap, #45-Petty took the car to the garage, no word on the problem
---- if #24-Gordon finishes 12th or better, he clinches a spot in the Chase
---- green flag at 2:24pm/et by ?
---- command to start engines at 2:08pm/et by NY Governor Eliot Spitzer
---- Military Flyover: ?
---- National Anthem by Freeman
---- weather = Partly Sunny, 87° Wind WSW at 6 mph; 20% chance of rain.
---- To The Back : #21-Said (driver change); #41-Sorenson (engine change); #83-Vicker (engine change);
- Race Coverage of the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Sunday, August 12, 2007.
TV: ESPN2 in Hi-Def at 2:00pm/et [scheduled green flag around 2:20pm/et].
Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 12:00pm/et and ESPN at 1:00pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
Scheduled Race Re-Air: ESPN Classis, Monday, August 13 at 9:00am/et
ESPN2, Monday, August 13 at 3:00pm/et
SPEED, Thursday, August 16 at 3:00pm/et and;
HDNET, Thursday, August 16 at 8:00pm/et & 12:00am/et
- Happy Hour Practice: for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is over, the fastest:
#7-Gordon 123.642 [bypassed the inner-loop]
slowest: #6-Ragan 117.867 & #38-Gilliland 117.873
most laps: #48-Johnson 27; #11-Hamlin 26
incidents: #99-Edwards got off course and in the kitty litter. #42-Montoya got off course, no damage
#10-Carpentier spun around, but drove off with no damage. #-2-Busch broke a track bar, which ended his practice session
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#20-Stewart 119.473 [3rd fastest lap], 14 laps run
#42-Montoya 119.329 [6th], 17 laps
#11-Hamlin 118.113 [5th], 26 laps
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(8-11-2007)
- 1st Saturday Practice: for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is over, the results:
slowest: #41-Sorenson 117.250 & #44-Jarrett 117.911
most laps run: #11-Hamlin & #48-Johnson, 22
incidents: #6-Ragan spun around
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#20-Stewart 119.977 [1st fastest lap], 21 laps run
#26-McMurray 119.950 [3rd], 15 laps
#11-Hamlin 119.819 [4th], 22 laps
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(8-10-2007)
- Qualifying Cancelled do to wet/rain condidtions, the field for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International was set by the Nextel Cup Rules Book/Owners Points. So the top 10 are: #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #17-Kenseth, #31-Burton, #20-Stewart, #99-Edwards, #48-Johnson, #5-Busch, #29-Harvick and #01-Regan Smith [OWNERS points NOT Drivers points]. For the starting lineup, see my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.
For qualifying rules, see my Qualifying Rules Page and for owners pts, see my Drivers/Owners Points page.(8-10-2007)
- Six do not qualify [DNQ] for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International: #49-Graf [21 team attempts/44th in OWNERS pts], #84-Allmendinger [21/46]; #37-Simo [21/47]; #4-Burton [20/41]; #60-Said [4/48]; #77-Ambrose -0/0.(8-10-2007)
- Qualifying Order List for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #78-Wallace is due out first on Friday, August 10 at 3:10pm/et on ESPN2, last driver scheduled out is #7-Gordon. For the Qualifying order, see my Watkins Glen Qualifying Results/Order Page.(8-10-2007)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Friday, August 10, 2007 at 3:10pm/et.
TV: ESPN2 - 3:00pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: none
- Friday practice for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is being over, the results:
fastest go-or-go homer was #36-Mayfield who was 6th
slowest: #38-Gilliland 114.492 (only 1 lap) & #6-Ragan 117.440
rain postponed practice for about 45 minutes, then limited practice from 90 minutes down to 60 minutes
incidents: #31-Burton spun, but didn't hit anything; #83-Vickers ran off course into the kitty litter and had to be towed out
most laps run: #18-Yeley 15; #40-Stremme & #6-Ragan 14
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#26-McMurray 119.647 [4th fastest lap], 13 laps run
#24-Gordon 119.610 [5th], 5 laps
#96-Fellows 119.558 [3rd], 12 laps
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(8-10-2007)
- Entry List Notes: Patrick Carpentier listed in the #10 for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International instead of Scott Riggs, the #10 team is 38th in owners points and not guaranteed a spot in the field at Watkins Glen, Riggs failed to make the last road course race at Infineon Raceway. See my Watkins Glen Entry List page. Also Ron Fellows is in the #96 for Tony Raines, Brian Simo in for Kevin Lepage in the #37; P.J. Jones is in the #00 for David Reuitmann; Terry Labonte in the #55 for Michael Waltrip; and Marc Goossens is entered in the #91 Toyota [but was withdrawn late in the week]. Klaus Graf will be in the #49 for Mike Bliss [who is entered in the Nashville truck series race], Regan Smith will run the #01, not Aric Almirola and #60-Boris Said is now listed after not being on the list originally. And Marcos Ambrose will drive a 2nd car for Robby Gordon Motorsports, the #77 Ford.(8-6/7-2007)
- Entry List for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is posted, 50 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
#96-Ron Fellows in for Tony Raines
Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
#00-P.J. Jones (21/39)
#4-Ward Burton (20/41)
#10-Patrick Carpentier in for Scott Riggs (21/37)
#21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ Provisional](21/36)
#36-Jeremy Mayfield (21/42)
#37-Brian Simo (21/47]
#44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (21/40)
#49-Mike Bliss or Klaus Graf (21/44)
#55-Terry Labonte [Past Champ Provisional](21/45)
#60-Boris Said [4/48]
#77-Marcos Ambrose (0/0)
#78-Kenny Wallace (21/43)
#83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](21/38)
#84-A.J. Allmendiner (21/46)
#91-Marc Goossens (1/52)
In the event qualifying is cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 83,44,55,21,10,00,36,78
missing the race would be : #'s 49,84,37,4,60,91,77
See the full list at my Jayski's Watkins Glen Entry List
- Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Watkins Glen are set:
no changes in the top 35. The #22 is now 26 points ahead of the #21 (they were 37 pts ahead coming into Pocono).
33) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 1,695 +158
34) #70-Sauter/Haas 1,635 +98
35) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 1,537, 26 pts. ahead of 36th
these teams and drivers must qualify by seed:
36) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 1,511, -26
37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,403, -134
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(8-5-2007)
- Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2007 Nextel Cup Race Results 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
- How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).
- Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Nextel Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]
- What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
#2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
#3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#5) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
#6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker
#7) - Qualifying Order Position
(all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)
- Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- 2006 Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 78.718, started 7th
- Race Record: Mark Martin, 103.900mph, 8/13/1995
- Slowest Race Record: Kyle Petty, 50.879mph, August 1992
- 2006 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 122.966, finished 19th
- Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, August 2003, 124.580mph
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Steve Park, August 2000, started 18th
- Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Gordon
- Most Poles: 3 - Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt
- Most Top 5s: 12 - Mark Martin
- Most Top 10s: 16 - Mark Martin
- Oldest Winner: Geoffrey Bodine, 47 years, 3 months, 24 days, 8/11/96
- Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 26 years, 6 days, 8/10/1997
- Most Lead Changes: 14 - 8/11/91
- Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 8/4/57
- Most Leaders: 12 - 8/13/95
- Fewest Leaders: 1 - 8/4/57
- Most Cautions: 8 - 8/14/88
- Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/18/65
- Most Caution Laps: 36, 8/14/88
- Few Caution Laps: 0, 7/18/65
- Most Finishers on a lead lap: 34, 8/14/2005
- Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 2, Twice most recently 7/18/65
- Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 8/10/03
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 11, 7/18/65
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 83, Tony Stewart, 8/14/2005
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Ricky Rudd, 8/14/1988
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 13 - Chevy
- Races won from starting pos 1: 8 [of 24 races] 33.3%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 2
- Races won from starting pos 3: 4
- Races won from starting pos 4: 1
- Races won from starting pos 6: 1
- Races won from starting pos 7: 1
- Races won from starting pos 11: 1
- Races won from starting pos 12: 1
- Races won from starting pos 13: 3
- Races won from starting pos 14: 1
- Races won from starting pos 18: 1
- Races won from the pole: 8 of 24 events (33.3%)
- Races won from in top 10: 16 of 24 events (66.7%)
- Races won from outside top 10: 7 of 24 events (29.2%)
- At Watkins Glen International:
• There have been 24 Nextel Cup races at Watkins Glen International since the first race there in 1957. Races were run in 1957, 1964 and 1965. The series returned there in 1987 and there has been one race a year since.
• Buck Baker won the first Bud Pole and race at Watkins Glen.
• Tim Richmond won the first Bud Pole and race at Watkins Glen upon the series’ return in 1987.
• There have been 14 different Bud Pole winners at Watkins Glen. Qualifying has been canceled four times, including back-to-back years in 2004 and 2005.
• Fifteen different drivers have won races at Watkins Glen, led by Jeff Gordon (four).
• NASCAR returned to the Glen in 1964 and 1965 with Billy Wade and Marvin Panch claiming victories.
• The Nextel Cup Series has run one race a year at Watkins Glen International since 1986.
• The Busch Series held its first race at the Glen in 1991 with Terry Labonte claiming the checkered flag.
• The first combination weekend at Watkins Glen International for NASCAR’s top series was a Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series event in 1998.
• Jeff Gordon set the all-time Nextel Cup record for road-course victories with his victory at WGI in 2001, his seventh on a road course.
• Michael Waltrip is the only driver that has competed in the 21 Nextel Cup races since the series returned in 1986.
• Rick Hendrick has won six races at Watkins Glen – more than any other car owner.
• Seventeen of 24 races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-10 starting position.
• The race winner has started from the Bud Pole eight times, the most-productive starting position.
• The deepest in the field that a Watkins Glen race winner has started was 18th by Steve Park in 2001.
• The race winner has started first in eight of 24 races at Watkins Glen. Mark Martin leads all other drivers with wins from the Bud Pole with three in a row between 1993 and 1995. Fourteen of the 24 race winners have started from the top-three starting positions.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-6-2007)
- Track Specs:
a 2.45-mile paved road course.
90 laps, 220.5 miles
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 Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen since 1986.
41 Pit stalls, 2 are shared
Grandstand seating capacity: approx 41,000
Grand Marshal: NY Governor Eliot Spitzer
Command to start engines: NY Governor Eliot Spitzer
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
National Anthem: FREEMAN
Military Flyover: ?
- Track Homepage: theglen.com
- ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Watkins Glen International
- July 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page
- NY Governor Eliot Spitzer named Grand Marshal of Watkins Glen Cup race: Watkins Glen International announced that the Governor of New York State, Eliot Spitzer will be the Grand Marshal for this year's Centurion Boats at The Glen Nextel Cup Series race this Sunday. "As a NASCAR fan for over two decades, being Grand Marshal at Watkins Glen International is a dream come true," said Governor Spitzer. "I'm excited to join fellow fans at The Glen for a day of racing and take part in a Southern Tier tradition." Eliot Spitzer was elected Governor of the Empire State in November of 2006 and previously served as New York's Attorney General for eight years. He lives in Albany and New York City with his wife and their three daughters. Weekend tickets start at only $80 and can be purchased by calling 866-461-RACE, stopping by The Shop, located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen, NY or at the WGI ticket office located on the old Bronson Hill Road off of County Rte. 16.(WGI PR)(8-10-2007)
- Crown Royal partners up with Watkins Glen International: Watkins Glen International announced that the Crown Royal brand of Diageo has expanded its partnership with the track. The four-year agreement continues to make Crown Royal the title sponsor of the Crown Royal 200 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race in August, as well as Official Spirit of WGI. The deal also includes the renaming of the former historic Glen Club, which held its name for over 20 years, to the newly titled "Crown Royal Club at The Glen." Weekend tickets start at only $80 and can be purchased by calling 866-461-RACE, stopping by The Shop, located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen, NY or at the WGI ticket office located on the old Bronson Hill Road off of County Rte. 16. A complete weekend schedule can be found on www.TheGlen.com.(WGI PR)(8-10-2007)
- One-way travel planned for NASCAR traffic Sunday: The Schuyler County Sheriff’s office plans to limit some roads leading to and from Watkins Glen International to one-way traffic before and after the race Sunday, according to a press release from the office.
County Route 16 will serve as one-way traffic with two lanes of traffic from state Route 414 to Gate 2 at the race track. There will also be two lanes of traffic from Townsend Toad to Kuhl-Winner Way, with one lane of traffic from Bronson Hill Road to Townsend Road.
These traffic patterns will begin at 6 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. to allow the large volume of vehicles coming to the NASCAR NEXTEL Centurion Boats at the Glen Race.
The Sheriff’s office advises that for those living along this route, travel with the traffic to Meads Hill and go north to state Route 329 and into Watkins Glen, or left onto Meads Hill to Wedgewood Road to state Route 414, where you can turn right for Corning or left to Watkins Glen or Montour Falls.
After the race, at about 4 p.m. on Sunday, county Route 16 will be one way away from the race track with three lanes heading to state Route 414 (where there is a traffic light). The traffic will then condense to two lanes down into the village of Watkins Glen.
Traffic leaving Watkins Glen International is expected to last more than three hours. One-way traffic, in two lanes will also continue down Kuhl-Winner way from Gate No. 6 to state Route 414.
Two lanes of traffic will exit from Gate No. 5 and No. 4 on Kuhl-Winner Way to county Route 16. Traffic coming off Kuhl Winner Way will meet three lanes of traffic diverted in Townsend to county Route 16 or county Route 19 or the Watkins Townsend Road, preferably through the state park to the Station Road and down into the village through Steuben Street.(Elmira Star Gazette)(8-8-2007)
- Fun stuff at Watkins Glen on Saturday: In addition to the thrilling racing of the Busch Series during the Zippo 200 race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, August 11th, fans will be treated to an autograph session with Paula DeAnda, a jumbotron viewing of "Talladega Nights" and a LIVE concert on the Red Cat Summer Stage. These exciting activities will wrap-up a full day of fan-entertainment leading up to Sunday's Nextel Cup Series Centurion Boats at The Glen race. The day is highlighted by the drivers of the Busch
Series challenging the historic road course in the Zippo 200. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 3:30pm/et and will air live on ESPN 2. Prior to the race, up and coming Arista recording artist and Zippo 200 National Anthem singer Paula DeAnda will be signing autographs from 10:00 - 10:30am/et at the Pyramid located just inside the infield. The action will continue following the checkered flag for the Zippo 200 with live music on the Red Cat Summer Stage during The Concert in the Esses. The concert is included with the price of
admission and will feature Albany, NY-based "Sisry," Syracuse, NY-based "Brand New Sin" and Corning, NY-based "Brainbell Janglers" taking to the stage located at the bottom of the famed Esses, inside turn two on the infield at 5:30pm/et. Toyota is proud to present a viewing of the 2006 American comedy film "Talladega Nights" starring Will Farrell at 7:00pm/et on the Turn 10 Jumbotron. Seating will be available in the Turn 10 Grandstands. This is a new bonus for campers can enjoy during their stay at the historic track.
Don't miss out on New York State's largest weekend spectator sporting events August 9-12 with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series taking center stage on Sunday in the much-anticipated Centurion Boats at The Glen. The Busch Series is back for a third straight year to compete in the Zippo 200 on Saturday and the stars of the Rolex Sports Car Series take to the track on Friday night. Weekend tickets start at only $80 and can be purchased by calling 866-461-RACE, stopping by The Shop, located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen, NY or at the WGI ticket office located on the old Bronson Hill Road off of County Rte. 16. A complete weekend schedule can be found on www.TheGlen.com.(WGI PR)(8-7-2007)
- National Anthem at Watkins Glen: Recording artist Freeman will be performing the National Anthem prior to the start of the Centurion Boats at The Glen on August 12th at Watkins Glen International. Freeman, a native of Wales, currently resides in Los Angeles where he is already making a name for himself in the music industry. Freeman is currently in the process of making his debut album with producer Howard Benson. Weekend tickets start at only $80 and can be purchased by calling 866-461-RACE, stopping by The Shop, located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen, NY or at the WGI ticket office located on the old Bronson Hill Road off of County Rte. 16. A complete weekend schedule can be found on www.TheGlen.com.(WGI PR)(8-6-2007)
- Centurion Boats to sponsor Watkin Glen Cup race: Centurion Boats announced that they will sponsor the Nextel Cup Race at Watkins Glen International through 2009. The newly titled "Centurion Boats at The Glen" is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:00pm/et on Sunday, August 12, during its traditional race weekend, and will be broadcast live on ESPN. Centurion Boats, based in Merced, California, is a part of Fineline Industries and considered a leader in world performing towboats specializing in ski and wakeboard boats. In 2000, they opened a state-of-the-art 40-acre operation in Woodland, NC where they have an onsite boat test lake, and house the most modern boat construction process in the watersports industry. During the press conference this afternoon Centurion also announced that
they have strengthened their partnership with Daytona International Speedway. They will sponsor the "Centurion Boats Pier" located on the
boardwalk at Lake Loyd, inside of the speedway. Centurion's towboats will be onsite during the Pepsi 400 this weekend hosting wakeboarding and waterskiing demonstrations. This partnership also extends through 2009 and involves Direct TV Speedweeks at the speedway. Visit www.centurionboats.com for more information. For ticket info go to www.TheGlen.com.(Watkin Glen PR)(7-9-2007)
- Plans for Glen Club in 2007 Finalized: Officials at Watkins Glen International have finalized plans for the Glen Club in 2007 which will be in place for the rest of the season beginning with the Watkins Glen Grand Prix weekend July 6-8th. The upscale temporary structure will remain at the track for the NASCAR at The Glen weekend August 9 -12, as well as the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, September 7-9. The club is also available for catered event rentals in July and August during non-race weekends. A fire destroyed the permanent Glen Club late in the evening on March 6. Since then, track officials have been working on a plan to for a temporary facility for the 2007 racing season. The temporary structure will placed where the Glen Club previously stood, inside the track on the famed "Esses".
Kirby Rental Services will provide the large tent that will be placed on scaffolding supplied by T&B Equipment Co, Inc., out of Ashland Virginia. The tent structure will provide fans with a window-enclosed, climate controlled setting. The temporary facility will have with numerous amenities, such as seating for 200 fans, a full bar, and fully catered meals. Fans will be able to watch the exciting racing action on one of several televisions inside the structure or take advantage of the outside tiered seating overlooking the famed Esses. The track is currently working on and evaluating various options for 2008 and hopes to make an announcement in the fall. Tickets for the race weekend Independence Day celebration during the Watkins Glen Grand Prix, or the Nextel Cup Series and Zippo 200 weekend August 9-12, are still available. For tickets and additional race weekend information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE, log on TheGlen.com or stop by The Shop
located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.(Watkins Glen PR)(6-18-2007)
- NASCAR Reserved Camping Sold Out: Camping sites during the NASCAR weekend at The Glen have been a hot ticket at Watkins Glen International for over 20 years, and this season is no different. The Soul of American Road Racing announced today that reserved camping sites during the August 9 -12, NASCAR at The Glen weekend are SOLD OUT! This is the earliest date that these popular locations have been sold out at The Glen in ten years. General camping passes during the race weekend are still available. General camping during the NASCAR weekend can be enjoyed along the "Boot" through Gate 7 as well as outside the backstretch by Gate 1. General camping during the Watkins Glen Grand Prix weekend is also available in the infield. General camping passes are only $65 for the NASCAR weekend if purchased before Toyota Opening Day, April 29th. Tickets for the entire 2007 season are on sale now and can be purchased at an advanced price until April 29th. For more information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE, or log on to the official website at www.TheGlen.com.(Watkins Glen PR)(4-9-2007)
- Watkins Glen Loses Historic Club in Fire: The Glen Club at Watkins Glen International, caught fire yesterday evening and was extinguished around 6:00 am this morning [Wed, March 7]. The track was closed at the time of the fire and no one was injured, however the historic building is considered a loss. The club was located on the inside of the track midway up the famed Esses. An investigation is still taking place to determine the cause of the fire however, the fire will not affect the 2007 race season at Watkins
Glen International. The first race weekend will take place, June 8-10 during the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. The Glen Club offered a VIP experience to fans, customers and sponsors during racing events held at WGI and was also available for rental during non-racing events. The history of the Glen Club dates back almost 50 years to a tent called the "Paddock Club" in 1958. The Club grew to an open-sided building in 1959 and was then upgraded by enclosing the building, adding a small kitchen and renaming it the "Onyx Club" in 1967. It underwent substantial improvements and was re-named the "Glen Club" in 1985 when the track re-opened under new management.(Watkins Glen International PR)(3-8-2007)
- Fire at Watkins Glen UPDATE: Firefighters in Schuyler County were battling a fire late tonight at the Glen Club at Watkins Glen International racetrack in the town of Dix, NY. Although information was sketchy , flames were visible from nearby roads, but media was not allowed onto the WGI property. County Route 16, which was once part of the original road course and goes by the WGI grounds, was still open although state police directing traffic were questioning motorists about their destinations. Mutual aid was called as Dundee volunteer firefighters were standing by at the Watkins Glen firehouse in response to the alarm called in at 8:45pm/et Tuesday. The Glen Club is the racetrack’s catering facility that is also used for special parties. The track’s catering kitchens are located there. The Glen Club is located near the top of the hill after people enter the track at Gate 2. It faces the track’s Esses. The facility has expanded its schedule this winter, holding wedding receptions and other special functions. One such function was tied to the Daytona 500 last month. People paid to watch the race on large screens at the club on race day. The track reopens for the 2007 season on April 29. The first race weekend is June 8-10, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.(Elmira Star Gazette)(3-6-2007)
UPDATE: WGI President Craig Rust said no event was held there Tuesday night and no one was working there. He said when he arrived at about 9 p.m., the building was engulfed in flames. A nearby, separate building, called the Suites, was not affected by the fire.
"The fire departments were doing their job," Rust said. No one was injured and a cause had not yet been determined, Rust said. He said a report on the damage will be released Wednesday. Rust also said The Glen Club is a small part of the overall WGI operation. "Fortunately it's not something integral to running races," he said. One event this month that will be affected is the Sports Club of America's 50th anniversary celebration scheduled at The Glen Club on March 31. Rust said renovating The Glen Club is on WGI's wish list, but not a high priority. "It was a dated building," he said. However, the building has been part of the nostalgia associated with the road racing facility, said William Green, the track's historian. "It's really too bad," Green said. "A lot of history has gone on there."
(Elmira Star Gazette see a video there)(3-7-2007)
- Repaving Begins at The Glen: The 2006 season concluded at The Soul of American Road Racing on October 1 and by
October 2 a major repaving project began in preparation for an exciting 2007. The concrete sections in Turn 1 and Turn 5 have been removed to begin a capital improvement project that was announced by track officials this past June. The track will undergo a series of repaving projects to address issues with water and drainage along the concrete sections of the racing surface, while new competition curbing will also be added to two more turns along the 3.4 mile road course. The project began this week with the removal of the concrete sections in Turn 1, also known as the 'Ninety', and Turn 5, or the 'carousel turn'. Final pieces of concrete in Turn 5 were removed today, while the base for each turn is expected to be put down this weekend. In the coming weeks, both the repaving and milling of the asphalt in Turns 1, 5 and 6 will take place. Once the repaving has been completed, the asphalt curbing in both Turn 5 and Turn 6 will also be replaced with new FIA curbing. Additional paving projects are expected to be announced later this month. While the track is already accepting 2007 ticket renewal orders, tickets for the entire 2007 season will go on sale December 2. That is one
month earlier than in the past, and just in time for the holidays. For tickets and information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official website at www.TheGlen.com.(WGI PR)(10-17-2006)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Watkins Glen International
- Montoya could make history: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya will look to make Nextel Cup Series history this Sunday at Watkins Glen International by becoming the first driver to win on three different road courses in the same season. So far this year, Montoya won road-course events in the Busch Series (Mexico City) and in the Nextel Cup Series (Infineon), becoming only the third NASCAR driver to ever post two road course wins in different series in the same year. Ernie Irvan in 1992 at Infineon, Nextel Cup Series; Watkins Glen, Busch Series; and Darrell Waltrip in 1986 at Riverside, Nextel Cup Series; Road Atlanta, Busch Series have also accomplished that feat.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(8-9-2007)
- Career start #100 for Kyle Busch: This weekend at Watkins Glen International, #5-Kyle Busch, 22, is scheduled to make his 100th Nextel Cup Series start. At 18, Busch made his first Cup start on March 7, 2004 at his hometown Las Vegas Motor Speedway and has since racked up four wins, 24 top-five finishes and 42 top-10s. He also has earned two Cup poles.(HMS PR)(8-8-2007)
- Ambrose will not run at Watkins Glen for Wood Bros UPDATE will run for Gordon: Wood Brothers/JTG Racing has decided that the team will again focus their attention on the team’s full-time #21 Cup entry [with Bill Elliott], putting on hold plans to run a second Cup [#47] entry for [Busch Series driver Marcos] Ambrose on the Watkins Glen road course. At the beginning of the season, Wood Brothers/JTG Racing announced its plans to enter Marcos Ambrose in both of the Nextel Cup road course races in 2007. Several circumstances have delayed Ambrose’s Cup debut and he will not be competing in Nextel Cup at Watkins Glen with Wood Brothers/JTG Racing this weekend, according to team co-owner, Tad Geschickter. “We want to be totally prepared when we embark on Marcos’ Cup career,” said Geschickter. “We have no doubts that he will succeed at the top level of our sport. The combination of our #21 Cup car fighting to regain a guaranteed starting position in points and the unforeseen complexities of the new ‘Car of Tomorrow’ introduction has forced us to rethink our earlier plans. Combine these factors with Marcos having a real opportunity to finish well inside the coveted top 10 in Busch Series points and we felt that stretching our resources to rush his Cup debut was the wrong thing to do at this time.”(Wood Brothers/JTG Racing/BAM Media PR), but hearing Ambrose will drive a 2nd Ford for Robby Gordon in the Cup race at Watkins Glen.(8-7-2007)
UPDATE: But ESPN has learned that Ambrose may yet get the chance to make his Cup debut -- thanks to Robby Gordon. The owner/driver of Robby Gordon Motorsports has offered Ambrose the chance to qualify for the Centurion Boats at the Glen in a second RGM [#77] Ford. It's not certain whether Ambrose will be cleared to accept the offer, but the offer has been made. An announcement could come as soon as Tuesday evening.(ESPN.com)(8-7-2007)
UPDATE 2: Robby Gordon Motorsports will field Australian Marcos Ambrose in the Busch Series rookie's Nextel Cup Series debut at Watkins Glen this weekend. After one of the most controversial incidents in NASCAR's recent history last weekend, Ambrose has accepted a "peace offering" from Gordon to drive the #77 Camping World Ford Fusion, which will also carry some signage from Ambrose's regular sponsor Kingsford Charcoal. Ambrose led 37 laps, more than any other driver in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 in Montreal last weekend and was on course to record his first NASCAR Busch Series win when he was turned around by Gordon while leading at the second corner at a restart with two laps remaining. As a penalty, Gordon was eliminated from the following day's Nextel Cup race, and while he strongly disagreed with the calls during the Busch race, he has accepted NASCAR's decision and wants to put the incident behind him. Ambrose will continue his NASCAR Busch campaign on Saturday in the #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, but will now do "double duty" in the Robby Gordon Motorsports entry. Gordon will drive the #55 Verizon Wireless Ford Fusion in the Busch race and the #7 Jim Beam Ford Fusion in the Nextel Cup Series race. The Sunday event will be a joint effort between Robby Gordon Motorsports and Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, with Ambrose's regular Kingsford crew
doing the pit work and his new Crew Chief Ernie Cope calling the shots from the box on Sunday. Ambrose was originally scheduled to make his Nextel Cup debut in a Wood
Brothers/JTG Racing entry this weekend, but several circumstances meant the team had to put their plans on hold. Ambrose currently sits eighth in the Busch Series points and second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.(RGM/Wasserman Media Group PR)(8-7-2007)
- Carpentier to Drive #10 Dodge at Watkins Glen: In an effort to move closer to securing a top-35 position in Owner’s Points, Valvoline Evernham Racing has reached a one
race agreement with Patrick Carpentier to drive the #10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge in this weekend’s Nextel Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International. Carpentier recently made his first NASCAR start in the Busch Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. The road course veteran proved to be a quick learner as he won the pole for the event, led 14 laps and finished an impressive second. Carpentier has competed in CART, IRL, CASCAR, and Grand-Am series with much success. Now just one week after his Busch Series debut, Carpentier will make his Nextel Cup debut in the #10 Dodge Avenger. Valvoline Evernham Racing currently sits in 37th position in Nextel Cup Owners Points, 134 points out of the crucial top 35 cutoff. “We look forward to having Patrick Carpentier behind the wheel of the #10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge this weekend at Watkins Glen,” said Jim Rocco,
Team Owner of Valvoline Evernham Racing. “Carpentier turned a lot of heads with his strong run in Montreal last weekend. This Valvoline Evernham Racing team is focused on doing everything we can to make races, and we have made twelve so far while outside the top 35. As part of those efforts, we believe that Patrick can place Valvoline Evernham Racing in a good position leaving Watkins Glen in order to help Scott Riggs make a run to the top 35 in points by the end of the season.”(Clear!Blue/Evernham Motorsports PR)(8-7-2007)
- Lifelock joins BAM Racing as a sponsor; Graf to run Watkins Glen: BAM Racing announced the addition of LifeLock to its family of sponsors for 2007. In a partnership with the team, LifeLock will serve as one of the primary sponsors of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge for two races [doesn't say which two races] and an associate sponsor for the remainder of the season. LifeLock, the leader in identity theft prevention, helps consumers to render their personal information useless to thieves, backing up its service with a million-dollar guarantee. LifeLock also offers the nation's only child identity theft prevention service. LifeLock helps consumers prevent ID Theft by setting and automatically renewing fraud alerts with the major credit bureaus, removing member names from pre-approved credit card offers and junk mail lists and guaranteeing the service with its industry-exclusive $1 million guarantee. LifeLock is famous for its CEO publicly releasing his Social Security Number in advertising and national media to prove that the effective of the service. As part of this partnership, LifeLock is offering 30 Days FREE trial subscription and 10% Off for Life to BAM Racing fans by using or mentioning promo code BAM. Enroll online at www.lifelock.com or call 1-877-LIFELOCK (543-3562).
AND Klaus Graf will run the #49 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge at Watkins Glen for BAM Racing. The public can pay tribute to the military service of a family member or friend by purchasing a Tribute Star that places the name of the honored service member or veteran on the #49 Dodge. To support Paralyzed Veterans through the excitement of Nextel Cup Series racing, visit pvastartribute.org.(BAM Racing PR)(8-7-2007)
- Fellows to race at Watkins Glen: Toronto's Ron Fellows finished second Sunday driving the #16 Cadillac CTS-V in the SCCA Speed GT Challenge series at the Grand Prix of Toronto. For the next six weeks Fellows will be on a tour preparing for and racing in the NASCAR Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series. Fellows will race the #33 Kevin Harvick Incorporated Chevy first at the NBS NAPA Auto Parts 200 Aug. 3-4 at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and again at Watkins Glen International a week later. Fellows will do double duty at the Glen where he will drive the #96 DLP Hall of Fame Chevrolet in the Cup race Aug. 12. Before embarking on that journey he will be doing some testing with both Harvick and DLP -- probably at Virginia International Raceway -- in preparation for his NASCAR venture. "After (yesterday) it's all NASCAR," Fellows said. "I am really looking forward to the Montreal race. I think those (NBS) cars are going to be a hoot to drive at that track." He has won on the Formula One Montreal track before in a Camaro in the old GM Racing Series. Fellows also has three Busch race wins and a pair of Craftsman Truck Series wins on his resume.(Toronto Sun)(7-10-2007)
- Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports to run road course races UPDATE: on Thursday NASCAR Now on ESPN2, Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports Busch Series driver, David Green was interviews and asked about the Nextel Cup Series plans, Green said the team plans to attempt the tw oroad course races at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen with Marc Goossens as the driver.(5-25-2007)
UPDATE: Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports (RDM) announced that Commonwealth will sponsor the #91 Toyota Camry driven by
Marc Goossens at Infineon Raceway on June 24, 2007. "We are very pleased to be associated with a company so diverse in their market area as Commonwealth," said Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports co-owner Eddie D'Hondt. "We anticipate bringing the NASCAR fan more in touch with the in-style clothing lines Commonwealth has to offer. Commonwealth and NASCAR will be a great fit for each other." In their initial partnership, Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports and Commonwealth will attempt their first "Car of Tomorrow" race at a road course. Marc Goossens brings a diversified racing background to the team and is looking forward to being back behind the wheel of a stock car. "I am excited to be driving the #91 Toyota Camry for Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports and representing Commonwealth," said Goossens. "Combining my driving experience with the leadership and technology of RDM should be a winning combination." Born in Belgium, Goossens has raced all over the world and is currently the lead driver of the #91 Riley-Matthews Motorsports Pontiac Riley in the Rolex Grand American Series. Goossens is known for his ability to quickly adapt to any type of car and track. Having started his racing career in go-karts, Goossens quickly established himself at a young age winning the 1991 British Formula Ford Championship before going on to win numerous races and a championship in the FIA F3000 series. For more information or to shop visit www.cmonwealth.com.(Riley D'Hondt Motorsports PR)(6-19-2007)
- Terry Labonte to run the #55 at the road courses? UPDATE: hearing that two-time Cup champ, Terry Labonte, will run the #55 NAPA Toyota at the road course races at Infineon Raceway [where he finished 3rd in the #96 last season] and at Watkins Glen in August. Labonte would have the past champions provisional to use and since he won his last championship in 1996, he would vault ahead of #21-Bill Elliott who win his championship in 1988, guaranteeing the #55 will make both races.(6-12-2007)
UPDATE: Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) announced today that two-time NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion [1984 & 1996], Terry Labonte will step into the #55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry for the road course races at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International. "It's not an easy decision for me to remove myself from the car, but I know it is for the betterment of our whole program," said Waltrip. "I know Terry's experience and road race savvy will breathe a little bit of fresh air into my young NAPA team." Labonte has had much success at road course tracks finishing third at Infineon Raceway last year and has six top-10 finishes at Watkins Glen International.
"To put Terry in the car is a reflection of the big picture we are trying to establish with this NAPA Racing team and hopefully, it will be the spark this team needs," Waltrip said. "I look forward to watching the NAPA team compete and learning more about all the MWR cars from a different perspective, exclusively as an owner." NAPA supports Waltrip's decision. "NAPA appreciates and respects Michael's dedication to move our racing program forward and regain our on-track competitive edge," said NAPA President Bob Susor. "We thank him for his efforts and dedication to NAPA and welcome the addition of NASCAR champion Terry Labonte to the NAPA family for these road-course events." Waltrip will return to his NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota for the Lenox Industrial Tool 300 on July 1st at New Hampshire International Speedway.(NAPA/MWR PR)(6-12-2007)
- See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- EA Sports joins the #88 team at Watkins Glen: The #88 Snickers Ford of Ricky Rudd will have EA Sports and NASCAR 08 as an associate sponsor for this weekend’s Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International.(Snickers Racing PR)(8-8-2007)
- Wii scheme on the #16 at two races: For two Nextel Cup races, #16-Greg Biffle will run a special Nintendo Wii paint scheme for the #16 Ford at Watkins Glen in August and Dover in September. See an image of the scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(7-3-2007)
UPDATE: Greg Biffle will debut a Nintendo Wii-themed Ford at Watkins Glen in August and then provide an encore performance at Dover in September. Nintendo's partnership with Roush Fenway Racing is the company's first endeavor with NASCAR.(Roush Fenway PR)(7-17-2007)
- Kodak to sponsor Newman in three Cup races and: Eastman Kodak Company will serve as primary sponsor of the #12 Dodge driven by Ryan Newman at three Nextel Cup races in 2007. Kodak will also sponsor Newman’s car in seven Busch Series races next year, and will be an associate sponsor of Penske Racing’s IndyCar Series entries driven by Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish, Jr. Plans call for Newman’s Dodge to wear red-and-yellow Kodak colors at Nextel Cup races in:
Talladega [in Apr];
Fontana, CA [Sept]
and Watkins Glen, near Kodak’s headquarters in Rochester.
At 33 other Cup events, Kodak will be an associate sponsor of the #12 Alltel Dodge. The seven Busch Series races where Newman will drive a Kodak EasyShare Gallery-sponsored car are Bristol, Texas, Darlington, Chicagoland, Watkins Glen, Fontana, and Richmond [assuming they are in order of the races, so Bristol would be in March..not August, but it doesn't clearly say]. [Businesswire.com)(12-4-2006)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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 Cup series season)