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THE RACE: Centurion Boats at The Glen

Sprint Cup Race #22 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, August 10, 2008 in Watkins Glen, NY

  • Title Sponsor: Centurion Boats

  • Track: Watkins Glen International

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:17pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ESPN 2:00 pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 1:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Sprint Cup Series Live from Watkins Glen on ESPN: The Sprint Cup Series makes its second and final appearance of the season on a road course this weekend, and ESPN will have live, flag-to-flag coverage of the event from Watkins Glen International on Sunday, August 10, at 1pm/et. The historic road racing facility is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Coverage from Watkins Glen also includes a live telecast of Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday, Aug. 8, at 3pm/et, and coverage of practice sessions earlier that day at noon and Saturday, Aug. 9, at 1:30pm/et, all on ESPN2. All programming also airs in high definition and the race is simulcast on ESPN Deportes. The race replays on Monday, Aug. 11, at 1pm/et on ESPN Classic [and this week on ESPN2 at 3am/et]. As part of the 60th anniversary celebration of Watkins Glen, ESPN Classic airs the track's 1988 Sprint Cup race on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 2pm/et. The race originally aired on ESPN.(8-5-2008)

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, August 11 at 2:00am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, August 11 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, August 14 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, August 14 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake

  • Studio: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, August 8, 11:45am - 1:20pm/et, TV-ESPN2;
    Saturday, August 9, 12:00 - 12:45pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 9, 1:20 - 2:20pm/et on TV-ESPN2


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, August 8, 10:45am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, August 8 at 3:10pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Kyle Busch wins at Watkins Glen: #18-Kyle Busch won the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International for his 8th win of 2008 and 12th of his career. #20-Stewart finished 2nd followed by #21-Ambrose [his best career finish in 3 races, after winning his first Nationwide race on Saturday], #42-Montoya, #1-Truex Jr., #29-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #11-Hamlin, #99-Edwards and #2-Busch. #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 22nd after leading 33 laps, was leading when caution came out before he could pit and fell back. There was a 45 minute red flag for a big wreck involving 9 drivers/cars with 8 laps to go. There were 8 lead changes among 5 drivers and 4 cautions for 9 laps.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Watkins Glen Race Results Awards Page.(8-10-2008) Comment here

  • Labonte taken to hospital after nine-car wreck at Watkins Glen is OK: One of the worst road-course crashes in years brought out a red flag with eight laps to go Sunday in the Centurion Boats at The Glen Sprint Cup race Sunday at Watkins Glen International. #43-Bobby Labonte limped away from the terrifying nine-car accident and was transported to a local hospital. Petty Enterprises officials said Labonte was evaluated and released from the hospital and has no injuries. The red flag lasted 43 minutes. The crash started when #00-Michael McDowell and #38-David Gilliland bumped door panels as they came around Turn 11, the final turn on the course. The collision caused both cars to slide across the track and slam hard into a tire barrier. Gilliland's car bounced back sideways on the track before it was T-boned by Labonte's car, sending pieces of sheet metal flying into the air as both cars were destroyed. Labonte's No. 43 Dodge spun to the inside barrier before coming to a stop. Labonte climbed out quickly but visibly was in pain..(ESPN.com)(8-10-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Watkins race 22 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 3254 [8 wins]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 3012 -242 [4 wins]
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3010 -244 [2 wins]
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2985 -269 [1 win]
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 2945 -309 [1 win]
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon 2754 -500
    7) #20-Tony Stewart 2744 -510
    8) #9-Kasey Kahne 2713 -541 [+107 pts ahead of 13th]
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin 2689 -565 [+87]
    10) #16-Greg Biffle 2689 -565 [+83]
    11) #29-Kevin Harvick 2670 -584 [+64]
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 2628 -626 [+22]
    CHASE contenders
    12) #07-Clint Bowyer 2606 -648 [1 win] [22 pts out of 12th]
    14) #6-David Ragan 2539 -715 [-89]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Watkins Glen page.(8-10-2008)

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Kyle Busch won the Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. He won from the first-place starting position, the ninth race at Watkins Glen won from that position. Busch became the first driver to score three victories on road courses in a single season winning at Mexico (Nationwide Series), Infineon (Sprint Cup) and Watkins Glen. Busch scored his 12th-career NSCS victory in 136 career races. He remained first in the points standings with a 242-point lead over second-place Carl Edwards. Busch's last Cup victory came at Chicagoland three races ago. Busch has won four of the last seven Cup races.
    * The last five races at the Glen have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    * Busch scored his first victory in four races at Watkins Glen. Busch became the 16th different race winner at Watkins Glen. He led 52 of the 90 laps raced including the final 26 laps. That was the most led by any driver in the race.
    * Busch finished second in the Nationwide Zippo 200 at the Glen on Saturday.
    * Busch has scored eight Cup victories, six Nationwide victories and two Truck Series wins this season. Busch has led 1,131 laps this season, the most among all drivers.
    * Toyota scored their first victory at the Glen. Toyota has nine wins, Chevrolet has five while Dodge and Ford each have four in 2008.
    * Joe Gibbs Racing scored their fifth victory at the Glen.
    * Joe Gibbs Racing has won five of the last seven races at Watkins Glen. Tony Stewart won the other four.
    * Stewart finished second, scoring his 11th top-10 finish in 22 races this season. He tied his best finish in 2008 of second set at Atlanta and the second race at Pocono. Stewart climbed from ninth to seventh in the standings.
    * This was Gibbs' fifth 1-2 finish and second in a row at Watkins Glen.
    * Marcos Ambrose finished third, scoring his first top-5 finish in just three career Cup starts. Ambrose started 43rd in the race.
    * Ambrose scored the first top-5 finish for the Wood Brothers since Ricky Rudd finished fourth at Bristol in August 2005.
    * Juan Pablo Montoya (fourth) scored his best finish in two races at Watkins Glen. Montoya finished sixth at Infineon earlier this season.
    * Martin Truex Jr. (fifth) scored his third top-5 finish in 2008. It marked his best finish in six career road course races.
    * Jimmie Johnson finished seventh, posting his fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Watkins Glen. Johnson climbed from fourth to third in the standings.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 22nd, He dropped from second to fourth in the points standings.
    * 22 points separate 12th-place Matt Kenseth from 13th-place Clint Bowyer with four races remaining before the Chase.(ESPN.com)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
    #84-Allmendinger is in top 35 first time ever; #66-Riggs falls back out and down to 37th
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1770 +109
    32) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 1767, +106
    33) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing: 1682 +21
    34) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1674 +13
    35) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1669 8 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1661 8 points out of 35th
    37) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1616 -53
    38) #10-Carpentier/GEM: 1469 -200
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(8-10-2008)

  • Lucky Dogs....Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #78-Nemechek, 38th
    Caution 2: #41-Sorenson, 31st
    Caution 3: #7-Gordon, 27th
    Caution 4: none awarded with 10 or less laps left in race
    (8-10-2008)

  • Watkins Glen Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #78 Safety violation PT 44
    2 #12 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 78
    3 #12 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 78
    4 #6 Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon TE 79
    5 #12 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 80
    6 #77 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 82
    7 #12 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 82
    8 #00 Safety violation MCI 84
    9 #41 Safety violation MCI 84
    10 #78 Safety violation MCI 88
    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)(8-10-2008)

  • No rain tires for Cup, but maybe NNS: As of Wednesday, forecasters were saying that there was a 50% chance of rain for Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen and a 40% chance for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race. Could more history be written this weekend? Not in the Sprint Cup series. NASCAR officials have torpedoed the chances for that. NASCAR vice president Jim Hunter on Wednesday laid out the guidelines for racing on wet pavement. “We’ll likely continue to use rain tires in Nationwide Series road course races, but not in Sprint Cup,” Hunter said. “We have the flexibility to reschedule postponed Cup races to Monday, or even Tuesday, something we can’t do with our other national series.”(Kansas City Star)(8-7-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Sunday, August 10, 2008.
    TV: ESPN at 2:00pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, August 11 at 2:00am/et
    ESPN Classic, Monday, August 11 at 1:00pm/et
    SPEED, Thursday, August 14 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, August 14 at 5:30pm/et


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 121.815
    #7-Gordon 121.790
    #21-Ambrose 121.523
    #29-Harvick 121.484
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 121.262
    slowest: #28-Kvapil 117.595 and #66-Riggs 117.889
    incidents: #18-Busch thought he has some problems with the engine, but the team decided not to change the engine; #84-Allmendinger stopped on the track and needed a push; #6-Ragan wrecked and will have to go to a backup car
    For the speeds, laps run, ave speed, see my Watkins Glen Practice Speeds page.(8-9-2008)

  • 1st Saturday practice for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is over, the fastest:
    #21-Ambrose-121.491
    #48-Johnson 121.011
    #42-Montoya-120.981
    #11-Hamlin 120.958
    #12-Newman-120.848
    Slowest: #44-Reutimann 116.942 & #28-Kvapil 117.627
    incidents: #18-Busch ran off course, but no damage; #26-McMurray slid off the course and thru the kitty litter, but saw no damage; and #10-Carpentier spun around in turn 1, but drove off, seemed ok
    For the speeds, laps run, ave speed, see my Watkins Glen Practice Speeds page.(8-9-2008)

  • Qualifying and practice for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International were both cancelled due to rain. The field was set by the rules book, owners pts, race attempts. So #18-Busch will start 1st, followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #99-Edwards, #48-Johnson, #31-Burton, #24-Gordon, #9-Kahne, #16-Biffle, #20-Stewart and #11-Hamlin. Two drivers/teams will miss the race #60-Said and #34-Simo. Supposedly Boris Said will run the #45 for Kyle Petty, See the starting lineup on my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(8-8-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Friday, August 8, 2008 at 3:10pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: IMS Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #44-Reutimann, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #5-Mears. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #70-Papis, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #34-Simo. See the full qualifying order on my Pocono Qualifying Page.(8-8-2008)

  • Watkins Glen rookie notes: #00-Michael McDowell was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the August 3 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. McDowell scored a 24th-place finish and grabbed top rookie honors for the fourth time this season. #01-Regan Smith leads #77-Sam Hornish Jr. by five points (176-171) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the August 10 Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International. The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie at Watkins Glen is second by Ryan Newman in 2002. Only one other Raybestos Rookie has scored a top-five finish at The Glen: Robby Gordon, who placed fourth in 1997. The best qualifying effort by a Raybestos Rookie at Watkins Glen is second by Greg Biffle in 2003. Greg Biffle holds the record for most laps led by a Raybestos Rookie at Watkins Glen, holding the top spot once for 23 laps in 2003. The most Raybestos Rookies to finish inside the top-10 at Watkins Glen three in 1993. Bobby Labonte placed seventh followed by P.J. Jones (eighth) and Kenny Wallace (ninth).(Camp & Assoc/Raybestos), see rookie history, notes, standings on my 2008 Rookie Page.(8-7-2008)

  • Entry List for the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-Michael McDowell (21/36)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (21/39)
    #21-Marcos Ambrose (21/43)
    #34-Brian Simo (19/45)
    #45-Kyle Petty (21/40)
    #60-Boris Said (3/50)
    #70-Max Papis (21/42)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (21/41)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (21/37)
    #96-P.J. Jones (21/38)
    withdrawn
    #81-Regan Smith (0/none)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 00,84,96,10,45,78,70,21
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 34,60
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Watkins Glen Entry List.(8-4/6-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Watkins Glen:
    no one dropped out or climbed back into the top 35, but the spread between 35th and 36th is 4pts
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #7-Gordon/RGM 1688 +115
    32) #01-Smith/DEI: 1660, +87
    33) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing: 1636 +63
    34) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1607 +34
    35) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1577 4 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1573 4 points out of 35th
    37) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1539 -38
    38) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing: 1381 -196
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(8-3-2008)

  • 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 Sprint 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)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint 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 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • 2007 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 77.635, started 5th

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

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

  • 2007 Pole Sitter: none, rained out, #24-Jeff Gordon started 1st, finished 9th

  • 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, Tony Stewart

  • 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 - 8/14/1988 and 8/12/2007

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/18/1965

  • Most Caution Laps: 36, 8/14/1988

  • Few Caution Laps: 0, 7/18/1965

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 34, 8/14/2005

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 2, Twice most recently 7/18/1965

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 8/10/2003

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 11, 7/18/1965

  • 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: 14 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 8 [of 25 races] 32.0%
  • 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 5: 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 25 events (32.0%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 17 of 25 events (68.0%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 7 of 25 events (28.0%)
  • At Watkins Glen International:
    • After several events were held on the streets of Watkins Glen, a permanent 2.3-mile facility was opened in 1956.
    • The first Sprint Cup race at The Glen was in 1957, won by Buck Baker.
    • After a six-year absence, NASCAR returned to The Glen in 1964 and 1965.
    • After a 21-year absence, the Sprint Cup Series returned to The Glen, and has run one race a year there since 1986.
    • The Nationwide Series held its first race at The Glen in 1991.
    • The first combination weekend at Watkins Glen International for NASCAR’s national series was a Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck Series event in 1998.
    • There have been 25 Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International since the first race there in 1957.
    • Buck Baker won the first pole and race (1957).
    • Tim Richmond won the first pole and race upon the series’ return in 1987.
    • There have been 14 different pole winners. Qualifying has been canceled five times.
    • The race winner has started first in eight of 25 races. Mark Martin leads all other drivers with wins from the pole with three in a row between 1993 and 1995.
    • 16 of the 25 race winners have started from a top-five starting position.
    • 18 of 25 races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • The deepest in the field that a Watkins Glen race winner has started was 18th by Steve Park in 2001.
    • 15 different drivers have won races, led by Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, with four each.
    • Jeff Gordon set the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup record for road-course victories with his victory in 2001, his seventh on a road course.
    • There have been two caution-free races at Watkins Glen, both coming in the first three races there (1957 and 1965).
    • There has been one race extended by a green-white-checkered finish: 2005 (92 Laps).
    • Two active drivers have had a runner-up finish as their best at Watkins Glen: Ryan Newman and Ron Fellows. Fellows has finished second there twice (1999 and 2004), his career-best NASCAR Sprint Cup finishes.(NASCAR Statsistics)(8-4-2008)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #07-Clint Bowyer DIRECTV 07 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam #7 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Charter #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Kodak #12 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil Hitachi Tools #28 Team Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland DISH Turbo HD/Dish Network none...yet
    #45-Boris Said Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page


  • DIRECTV back on the #07: This weekend at Watkins Glen, Clint Bowyer's #07 Richard Childress Racing Chevy will feature a blue and white DIRECTV paint scheme.. Jack Daniel's, Bowyer's traditional primary sponsor, will be featured on the car's deck lid and lower-rear quarter panels.(RCR PR)(8-6-2008)

  • Kodak back with Newman in 2008: been told Kodak will be the primary sponsor for #12-Ryan Newman for six races:
    Pocono - June 8;
    Chicago - July 12, The Mummy scheme;
    Watkins Glen - Aug 10;
    California - Aug 31;
    New Hampshire - Sept 14;
    Atlanta - Oct 26
    See an image of the car on the #12 Team Schemes page.(1-16-2008)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • 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 race since 1986.
    Grandstand seating capacity: approx 41,000
    Opened: 1956

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Les Clarke
    Command to start engines: Les Clarke
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Centurion’s Bryan Holland
    Invocation: MRO's Billy Mauldin
    National Anthem: Emma Mae Jacob
    Military Flyover: C-130 H2 from 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Air Station
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: theglen.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Watkins Glen International

  • Last Year: see my 2007 Watkins Glen Race Info page


  • Several Bands Will Perform at Watkins Glen: Fans can rock the night away at the Saturday Night Concert on the Red Cat Summer Stage on Saturday, August 9. The concert, featuring Emma Mae Jacob, Ragged Sole and Delilah Why, will be another added bonus for fans purchasing a weekend ticket to the Centurion Boats at The Glen, August 7-10. The concert will be held near the Esses, and is scheduled to begin immediately following the Zippo 200. Admission to the concert is included in the price of a weekend ticket. Emma Mae Jacob, an up-and-coming country star, will perform the opening act for the concert and is expected to sing 3-4 songs from her new album, "Breaking All the Rules." Also featured at the Saturday Night Concert in the Esses will be Ragged Sole, a rock band out of Ithaca, NY. Delilah Why will be the third band showcased during Saturday Night's Concert. This Southern rock band from Nashville formed in 2005 when singer/guitarist Dave Sanford joined forces with guitarist Dan Smith and drummer Pete Pulkrabek. Cullen Tierney, the bassist, joined the group in 2006. Tickets for the historic 60th Anniversary of racing in Watkins Glen are on-sale. For more information and ticket orders, 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)(8-6-2008)

  • Emma Mae to perform national anthem at Watkins Glen: Emma Mae Jacob, a young country music star, will perform the National Anthems during the pre-race festivities for the Centurion Boats at The Glen on Sunday, August 10. Jacob will warm-up for her performance by opening for the Saturday Night Concert on the Red Cat Summer Stage on Saturday, August 9. Despite being just 16, Jacob moved from her family's home in California to Nashville to pursue a country music career. Jacob is expected to sing between 3-4 songs from her new album "Breaking All the Rules" during the Saturday Night Concert. The concert will be held near the Esses and is scheduled to begin immediately following the Zippo 200. Admission is included in the price of a weekend ticket. Tickets for the historic 60th Anniversary of racing in Watkins Glen are on-sale. For more information and ticket orders, 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)(8-5-2008)

  • Sunoco & Watkins Glen Provide Relief at the Pump: In light of rising gas prices and the economic hardships that many NASCAR fans are facing today, Watkins Glen International and Sunoco are trying to give fans a little relief at the pumps. Fans that purchase an $85 Turn 11 Grandstand weekend ticket for the Sprint Cup Series' Centurion Boats at The Glen can receive a $20 Sunoco gas card for each ticket ordered. The gas card can be redeemed at over 400 participating Sunoco retail outlets within a 300 mile radius of Watkins Glen International. The offer is good for one gas card per WGI ticket voucher with a limit of four ticket vouchers per household. To receive your gas cards, make a purchase at a participating Sunoco dealer and receive your Watkins Glen International ticket voucher. Once you have the voucher, call 866-461-RACE to order your tickets for the Centurion Boats at The Glen and mention "Sunoco." You will receive your gas cards with your tickets approximately two weeks prior to the event. The offer ends July 25, 2008. (Watkins Glen PR)(7-20-2008)

  • Watkins Glen to be powered by Renewable Energy: Watkins Glen International, one of the nation’s most historic racetracks, will soon be leading the way towards reducing their carbon footprint with the help of Juice Energy. The 60 year old raceway, known worldwide as “The Glen,” has signed a new contract with Juice in an effort to lower their ever-rising electricity costs, and limit the track’s impact on the environment. Juice Energy, Inc. is a New York-based electricity supplier that utilizes unique methodologies to deliver electricity to their clients at the lowest possible rates. By constantly monitoring the energy markets, Juice creates custom solutions that bring the advantages of electricity competition to clients. At the same time, Juice offers clients access to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power, making them a popular choice for businesses looking to curb their environmental impact. The new deal will cover all of The Glen’s electricity needs for the next three years. In addition, the track will become one of the first motor sports facilities in North America to adopt a greener electricity strategy with the purchase of wind power equal to 100% of their annual electric use. The green power purchase effectively offsets the track’s electricity related greenhouse gas emissions.(WGI PR)(7-8-2008)

  • Holbert honiored as first driver of the decade: Al Holbert has been named "Driver of the Decade" for the 1978-1988 time period at Watkins Glen International. Holbert is the first driver honored with the title "Driver of the Decade" and will be part of the inaugural induction class of "Legends of The Glen." During a ceremony held in the Media Center, WGI president Craig Rust presented a hand-blown vase from Vitrix Hot Glass Studio in Corning, NY and a specially framed picture of Holbert racing at The Glen to Kevin Doran. Doran, the crew chief for Holbert's win in the 1986 Camel Continental, accepted the award on behalf of the Holbert family. Holbert put on one of the most exceptional runs during a ten year period in WGI history. During the 1978-1987 time period, he claimed an incredible five wins including three consecutive Camel Continental GT victories. His first victory of the decade came in the Budweiser Can-Am on July 12, 1981 in a Holbert CRC-2. Holbert was selected for the honor by a six-member panel of Glen experts. The criteria were, in order of importance, number of Glen victories, number of Top-5 finishes, number of Top-10 finishes, average finish, records set, and the significance/impact of their performances. The committee was required to consider the results from one decade at a time with the breakdown being as follows: 1948-1957, 1958-1967, 1968-1977, 1978-1987, 1988-1997, or 1998-2007. For more tickets and more information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official website www.TheGlen.com. Holbert made 19 Cup starts with four top-10's.(WGI PR)(6-9-2008)

  • Face Lift of Watkins Glen Pit Road Complete: The pit road project at Watkins Glen International was completed on Friday, April 18 and the Media Center is still on schedule to be completed in May. Ever since the Sprint Cup Series came to The Glen in1986, teams have been sharing pit boxes. The historic road course has added additional boxes since that time, but was limited to building a total of 41 due to the placement of the old Press Tower which was in front of pit road. This all changed when funds to build a new Media Center were approved in September 2007 and the subsequent demolition of the Press Tower two months later. The sudden increase in available space made it possible for changes to be made to pit road; the most noteworthy being the addition of two new pit boxes to bring the total to 43. This will allow every team in the Sprint Cup Series to have their own pit box and will also provide additional space for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series when both the Daytona Prototypes and GT class compete during the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, June 6-8. The new boxes cover a total of 4,000 square feet and are located on the site of the old Press Tower. The changes on pit road and the work on the pit wall allowed for the widening of the space that allows cars to enter the pits from the garage area. The old space was 30 feet in length and it has now been doubled to a total of 60 feet which should allow cars to enter and exit pit road at the same time. The construction of the new Media Center began on December 12, 2007 and crews worked on the project through the winter. The new two-story building will have over 17,000 square feet of space and provide plenty of room to host the hundreds of media and series officials that visit the track over the course of the season. The design also makes the Media Center a multi-use building with a meeting room, lounge area, and food preparation room on the 2nd floor. Tickets for the historic 60th Anniversary Season at Watkins Glen International are on-sale now. For more tickets and more information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official website www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(4-29-2008)

  • Reserved Camping for NASCAR race at The Glen is sold out: Camping sites during the Centurion Boats at The Glen and Zippo 200 race weekend continues to be a hot ticket at Watkins Glen International. The Soul of American Road Racing announced that reserved camping sites during the August 7 -10, Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series weekend are already SOLD OUT! The final reserved spot was sold in mid-February topping last year's pace of March 2007, once again setting the mark for the earliest date these popular locations have been sold out at The Glen in ten years. General (non-reserved) camping passes during the race weekend are still available, but going fast! 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 Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen weekend is also available in the infield. General camping passes are still only $65 for the NASCAR weekend if purchased before Opening Day, April 27th. Tickets for the racing action at Watkins Glen International are on-sale now! For more tickets and more information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the site.(WGI PR)(3-26-2008)

  • Watkins Glen unveils Media Center sketches: The construction of the new media center at Watkins Glen International is in high gear and on schedule for completion for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series weekend, The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, June 6-8. The new 17,600-square foot building consists of a dedicated workroom that can host over 180 members of the media on a deadline, a dedicated photographer's workroom, a press conference/large meeting room, radio station and sanctioning body workrooms and a lounge/cafeteria. The two-story building is set back approximately 125 feet to the east of the previous press tower which was demolished this past December. Both the first and second floors of the new building are already in place and the construction of the peaked roof began earlier this week. Help celebrate the 60th Anniversary of racing in The Glen by purchasing your tickets for the 2008 season now! Tickets can be purchased at The Shop, located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. Gift Certificates worth cash value toward any ticket at Watkins Glen International can be purchased at the Information Center of Corning located in Centerway Square on Historic Market Street. For more information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official website www.TheGlen.com.(WGI PR)(2-6-2008)

  • Press Tower at Watkins Glen Demolished: Another chapter in the storied history of Watkins Glen International came to a close when Craig Rust, President of WGI, began the demolition of the historic road course's iconic Press Tower during a ceremony this afternoon. Members of the WGI staff and local media also took turns leaving their final "mark" on the building - with the use of a sledge hammer. The demolition of the Press Tower is segueing for a new state-of-the-art Media Center, which is expected to be completed in June of 2008. The Press Tower has been one of the most recognizable landmarks at The Soul of American Road Racing since its construction in 1971. With the loss of the Glen Club in early 2007, the Press Tower became the second oldest structure at The Glen behind the Main Operations Building. The 4,000-square foot building was part of a modernization project requested by Formula 1 that included widening the road surface of the entire track, relocating the start-finish line and building new pits and garage. The original structure also housed timing and scoring for The Glen until 2006 when Race Control was added to the top of the FrontStretch Grandstand. Over the course of its over 35 year history, the Press Tower hosted national and international media and officials from virtually every major racing series including NASCAR, IndyCar, Grand-Am, Formula 1, CART, Trans-Am, Can-Am, IMSA and SCCA. The new Media Center will not be placed in the same location as the former Press Tower. Groundbreaking began on Monday, and the crew is in the process of pouring the concrete footers on the foundation of the new building. The building will be located approximately 100-150 feet east of the old press tower, in an area previously used for high-end team recreational vehicles (RV's), known as the Newel RV lot. For more information on tix, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official website www.TheGlen.com.(WGI PR)(12-20-2007)

  • Tickets for all Watkins Glen Events Go On Sale on Dec 1: Tickets for the highly anticipated 60th Anniversary season at The Soul of American Road Racing go on sale December 1st. Gift Certificates are also available and can be used towards any 2008 event at Watkins Glen International. Gift Certificates can be purchased NOW at the Information Center of Corning located on Historic Market Street in downtown Corning or at The Shop on Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. Fans looking for a bargain can stretch their dollar and save by taking advantage of the advance ticket prices to all of the major event weekends at Watkins Glen International, starting on December 1st. Fans can call 866-461-RACE or order online at TheGlen.com for all 2008 events at Watkins Glen International. Tickets for the Centurion Boats at The Glen and Zippo 200 weekend featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen weekend and 4th of July celebration, The Finger Lakes Wine Festival or The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen will be available. Tickets for the entire 2008 season go on sale December 1. To order tickets 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)(11-30-2007)

  • Watkins Glen to have new media center in 2008: Watkins Glen International announced that funds for a new media center have been approved by the International Speedway Corporation Board of Directors. Construction of a new building is expected to begin very soon by Welliver McGuire Inc., a Schuyler County based commercial construction services company, with the design provided by Hunt Engineers headquartered in nearby Horseheads, NY. Demolition of the current structure will begin soon and concepts and renderings for the nearly $4M project will be released when completed. Updates on the progress of the center will be available at www.theglen.com.(WGI PR)(9-13-2007))

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Watkins Glen International


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

    Number of Tires: 2,000

    Tire Codes: D-4110 (same code on all four tire positions)

    Tire Circumference: 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
    Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
    Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 30-32 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: As on all NASCAR road courses, Sprint Cup Series teams will run the same Goodyear Eagle tire code (D-4110) on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen . . . this is the second consecutive year and the fourth consecutive road course race that Goodyear has brought this code for teams to run . . . in addition to the road courses, this tire code has also been run on the right-side at Martinsville for the past two years . . . teams in NASCAR's Nationwide Series will run a different tire code (D-4112) this weekend at Watkins Glen . . . NASCAR teams do not run inner liners in their tires on road courses, including this weekend at Watkins Glen. . . . in addition to its regular road course tires, Goodyear has brought 600 wet weather Eagle radials for teams in the Nationwide Series to run this weekend . . . Goodyear, NASCAR and the Nationwide Series made history at Montreal last weekend, running its first-ever points-paying race in the rain . . . (Goodyear PR)


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Said to run #45 at Watkins Glen: With approval from Ford, Boris Said will step into the Petty Enterprises #45 Dodge to replace Kyle Petty in the Centurion Boats at The Glen this weekend. With qualifying rained out, Said failed to make the field in his #60 No Fear Racing entry. He said prior to qualifying being postponed Friday that he had another ride lined up as long as he could get Ford approval. Late Friday, he said he had gotten that. Petty confirmed that the plan is for Said to drive his car. The race was going to be Petty’s first since the Coca-Cola 600 in May. Petty has missed the last nine races for his TNT commentary obligations, his daughter’s wedding and for the team to continue evaluate its program with drivers Terry Labonte and Chad McCumbee. Petty said the team has discussed all week the possibility of putting Said in the #45 car if qualifying was rained out. Once it was announced qualifying was canceled, the team began putting Said’s seat in the car and adjusting the pedals. Soon after qualifying was postponed, Said had to drive his Nationwide Series car for practice and had not yet had time to confirm that he had gotten permission from Ford and would drive for the Pettys. Said raced for the Wood Brothers last year in a similar situation. Said had previously stated that a rainout would cost his team about $250,000 as he failed to make the show with his No Fear Racing group. Said needed to get in Sunday’s race via qualifying and spoke of his situation prior to NASCAR's decision to cancel the session. That’s the risk part-time teams like Said’s take when trying to make Sprint Cup races. “It’s disappointing,” Said said. “I hope in the future NASCAR could tweak the rules where if they cancel qualifying and they know Saturday might be better weather, maybe they could lock the top 35 in but keep a half-hour to go qualify the go-or-go-homers. We put so much money into coming up here and not even to get a chance to qualify is a little disappointing."(SceneDaily)(8-8-2008) Comment here

  • DEI to field Fellows in #01; Smith to #81: Coming off his sixth career NASCAR win last weekend at Montreal, veteran road course specialist Ron Fellows will pilot the Dale Earnhardt Inc. #01 Chevy in the Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 10. Leading rookie-of-the-year candidate Regan Smith will drive the #81 DEI entry in the race and be back in the #01 car the following week at Michigan. Fellows drove the #01 car in a strong performance at Sonoma earlier this year. The veteran driver was running top-five when he was caught up in a late-race accident. Prior to that, he was no stranger to Dale Earnhardt Inc., having competed in road course races for DEI in 2003-04. He finished seventh in 2003 at Infineon and second at Watkins Glen in 2004 in the DEI #01 Chevy. This will be Fellows’ 47th NASCAR start. The road course ace has compiled six wins, 13 top-fives, 17 top-10s and five poles in 46 combined starts in NASCAR’s top three series. This will be Fellows' 11th Sprint Cup start at Watkins Glen International, where he has finished top five on three previous occasions, including second there in the DEI #1 car in 2004. In addition, Fellows has started eight Nationwide races at The Glen, having led 189 laps, with three wins, four top-five and five top-10 finishes.(DEI PR)(8-5-2008) Comment here

  • Yeley to sit Watkins Glen out? UPDATE: hearing that P.J. Jones will drive the #96 DLP Hall of Fame Racing Toyota at Watkins Glen in place or regular driver J.J. Yeley. Yeley failed to qualify for the last road course race at Infineon Raceway in June. Jones recently tested the #96 at Road Atlanta.(8-5-2008)
    UPDATE: Jones has replaced Yeley on the Watkins Glen Entry List.(8-5-2008)
    UPDATE 2: P.J. Jones will drive the #96 DLP HDTV Toyota in Sunday's Centurion Boats at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at the Watkins Glen International road course. Jones, who has seven Sprint Cup starts at The Glen with two top-10 finishes, takes over for Hall of Fame Racing's regular driver J.J. Yeley. "We appreciate P.J. helping out the team this weekend at Watkins Glen," said Tom Garfinkel, co-owner of Hall of Fame Racing. "P.J. is an experienced road racer and we look forward to having a great run with him in the DLP Toyota."(Hall of Fame Racing PR)(8-5-2008) Comment here

  • PE names drivers for #45: Petty Enterprises announced its driver lineup for the #45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge through the August 17th Sprint Cup race at the Michigan International Speedway. Chad McCumbee, Kyle Petty and Terry Labonte will each compete in one event over the next three weeks. "Chad, Kyle and Terry will be competing at places where they have all had success in the past," said Petty Enterprises Vice President of Race Operations Robbie Loomis. "That should put the #45 team in the best position possible to gain points on the teams in front of us in owner points. Everyone at Petty Enterprises is committed to doing whatever it takes to get this team back inside the top-35. That is one of our highest priorities as an organization." McCumbee, 23, will attempt to make his first Sprint Cup start of the season this weekend at the Pocono Raceway. He made his first career Sprint Cup start at Pocono in 2007, finishing 25th. McCumbee also picked up an ARCA RE/MAX Series victory at Pocono last year. He currently competes full-time in the Craftsman Truck Series where he is 12th in points.
    Petty will return to the seat of the #45 Dodge for the August 10 event at Watkins Glen International. This will be the first start for Petty since the Coca-Cola 600 in May. His hiatus included at six-race stint in the TNT Sports booth where he covered the Sprint Cup Series. "We're all excited to see Kyle back in the #45 Marathon Dodge at Watkins Glen," said Loomis. "He has been a great road course racer throughout his career. I know he is looking forward to it as well so we are going up there with a lot of confidence that we will have a solid run."
    Labonte, who has competed in seven races in the #45 Dodge this season, will make his eighth start at the Michigan International Speedway on August 17th. He owns seven top-fives, 13 top-tens and two poles in his career at Michigan.(Petty Racing PR)(7-29-2008) Comment here

  • Max Papis in the #70?: UPDATE: Hearing that Haas CNC Racing has talked to Max Papis about running the two Sprint Cup road course races in the #70 car. Papis' agent confirmed talks and said he "feels as though they are close to a deal". Papis was originally planning to drive the Phoenix Racing #09 at both road course events.(4-21-2008)
    UPDATE: Max Papis will drive the #70 Haas Automation Chevy during the two road-course races on the 2008 Sprint Cup Series schedule.(Haas CNC Racing PR)(4-23-2008) Comment here

  • Boris Said's 2008 plans: Boris Said told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway Thursday that his 2008 plans are to race in the Bodine Bobsled Challenge, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, attempting five Sprint Cup races, including the Daytona 500 and the road course races in the a Ford working with Roush and with SoBe NoFear Energy Drink as the sponsor. Said also a deal to run the three Nationwide Series road races but didn't say what team. Said has also partnered with Rick Hendrick to open Boris Said BMW in California later in 2008.(Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway)(12-29-2007)

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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