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Thu, August 6
4:45pm NNS Haulers Enter (Parking Only)
5:00pm – 9:00pm Race Fever Festival in Corning, NY
7:00pm NSCS Haulers Enter (Parking Only)
Fri, August 7
6:30am NNS Garage Opens
7:00am NSCS Garage Opens
8:00am – 5:00pm Ticket Office Hours
10:45am NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meeting, Drawing for Qualifying Order
11:00am – 8:30pm Grandstand Hours
11:45am - 1:20pm NSCS Practice
1:30pm – 3:00pm NNS Practice
3:10pm NSCS Qualifying
5:30pm NNS Final Practice
6:00pm NSCS Garage Closes
8:30pm NNS Garage Closes
Sat, August 8
6:00am NNS Garage Opens
9:30am NSCS Garage Opens
10:10am NNS Qualifying
12:00pm – 12:45pm NSCS Practice
1:20pm – 2:20pm NSCS Final Practice
2:30pm NNS Driver Introduction
3:00pm NNS RACE – Zippo 200
Post-Race NNS Gatorade Victory Lane
6:30pm Red Cat Concert in Turn 10 with Telluride and Megan Linville
4:30pm NSCS Garage Closes
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8:00am NSCS Garage Opens
8:00am Public Church Service (McDonald’s Family Grandstand)
10:00am Sam Bass Autograph Session (Pyramid)
10:00am – 4:30pm Grandstand Hours (Grandstands close 1 hour after race ends)
12:00 pm NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
1:30pm NSCS Driver Introduction
2:00pm NSCS Race – Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen
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NCWTS = Camping World Truck Series
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2009 Sprint Cup
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen
2009 Sprint Cup
Watkins Glen Preview by Micah Roberts
World Sports Exchange:
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen
2009 Sprint Cup
Sprint Cup Chase 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)
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Race: Sunday, August 9, 2009 in Watkins Glen, NY
Title Sponsor: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:18pm/et
Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team
NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 1:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 2:00pm/et
SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, August 10 at 2:00am/et on ESPN2
Monday, August 10 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
Wednesday, August 12 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace
TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team
Friday, August 7, 11:45 am - 1:20 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Saturday, August 8, 12:00 - 12:45 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 8, 1:20 - 2:20pm/et, TV-ESPN2
Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 7, 11:00am/et
Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, August 7 at 3:10pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
news and links
Stewart wins at Watkins Glen: #14-Tony Stewart won the The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen for his 3rd win of 2009, 5th win at Watkins Glen and 36th win of his career. #47-Ambrose finished 2nd for his career best, followed by #99-Edwards, #18-Busch, #16-Biffle, #42-Montoya, #2-Busch, #13-Papis [career best], #33-Bowyer and #11-Hamlin. Pole sitter #48-Johnson finished 12th. #24-Gordon and #88-Earnhardt Jr. were involved in wrecks with Gordon finishing 37th and the #88 finished 39th. Stewart now leads Johnson in the drivers points by 260 points with four races until the Chase. #18-Busch is still 13th in points, but went from 101 points behind 12th to 58 out of 12th, now held by #17-Kenseth. There were 5 cautions for 13 caution laps, a 19 minute red flag for a wreck and there were 12 lead changes among 7 drivers. By the way, a light rain started just after the race ended.
Scheduled Race Re-Air: ESPN Classic on Monday, August 10 at 1:00pm/et; and SPEED, Wednesday, August 12 at 12:00pm/et.
For race results, awards and more, see my Watkins Glen Race Results Page.(8-10-2009) Comment here
UNOFFICIAL Driver Points Standings
[after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]:
1) #14-Tony Stewart, 3383 [3 wins], finished 1st
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3123, -260 [3 wins], 12th
3) #24-Jeff Gordon 3041, -342 [1 win], 37th
4) #2-Kurt Busch 2902, -481 [1 win], 7th
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2847, -536 [1 win], 10th
6) #99-Carl Edwards, 2830, -553, 3rd
7) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2781, -602, 6th
8) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2754, -629 (+127)[1 win], 17th
9) #39-Ryan Newman, 2727, -656 (+100), 21st
10) #16-Greg Biffle 2718, -665 (+91), 5th
11) #5-Mark Martin, 2716, -667 (+89)[4 wins], 23rd
12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2685, -698 (+58 ahead of 12th)[2 wins], 14th
Contenders for the top-12/chase:
13) #18-Kyle Busch, 2527, 58 points out of 12th, [3 wins] 4th
14) #83-Brian Vickers, 2589, -96, 11th
15) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2586, -99, 9th
16) #00-David Reutimann 2530, -155 [1 win], 25th
For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers Points Standings page.(8-10-2009)
Watkins Glen Stats and Notes:
* Tony Stewart won the rain-delayed Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at Watkins Glen International. Stewart scored his third victory in 2009. He is one of five drivers with multiple victories this season, joining Mark Martin (four), Jimmie Johnson (three), Kyle Busch (three) and Matt Kenseth (two). Stewart scored his 36th Sprint Cup Series victory in his 378th start. Stewart's last win came at Daytona in July. Stewart led two times for 34 laps, including the final 24, the most by any driver. He has scored top-10 finishes in the last 10 races, extending a streak that began at Dover. Stewart posted his 225th career top-10 finish. Stewart remained 19th on NASCAR's win list. He scored his fifth victory in 11 races at Watkins Glen. He has finished first or second in seven of his last eight races at Watkins Glen and has won five of the last eight -- the most wins by any driver at The Glen. Stewart has a 756-point lead over 13th-place Kyle Bush. Stewart only has to start in the remaining four races to make the Chase.
* Stewart won at Watkins Glen in both of his Sprint Cup Series championship seasons (2002 and 2005). He has scored seven victories in 22 races on road course tracks. Stewart's seven road course victories rank him second all-time behind Jeff Gordon with nine.
* Any driver more than 781 points behind 12th-place Matt Kenseth has been eliminated from the 2009 Chase.
* This marked the sixth Chevrolet victory in the past seven races at Watkins Glen. Chevrolet has scored 12 wins in 22 races in 2009, leading all manufacturers. Toyota has six while Dodge and Ford each have two. The top 10 consisted of four Toyotas, three Chevrolets, two Fords and one Dodge.
* Marcos Ambrose (finished second) scored his career-best finish in 33 races. Ambrose was one of five drivers to score top-10 finishes in both road course races in 2009. Drivers scoring top-10s in both road course races in 2009 were Stewart (first at WG/second at Infineon), Ambrose (second/third), Denny Hamlin (10th/fifth), Juan Pablo Montoya (sixth/sixth) and Clint Bowyer (ninth/eighth).
* Greg Biffle (fifth) posted just his third road course top-5 finish in 14 road course races. It was his best finish in seven races at Watkins Glen.
* Montoya has scored top-15 finishes in the past nine races, extending a streak that began at Pocono in June, all finishes of 12th or better.
* Johnson (12th) has led at least one lap in 18 of the 22 races in 2009, the most by any driver.
* Jeff Burton (38th) has finished 16th or worse in the past eight races, since Michigan in June.
* Bobby Labonte (20th) scored a milestone 300th career lead-lap finish.
* Stewart and Elliott Sadler (32nd) have each been running at the finish in the last 45 races, the longest current streak.
* The last time there were two postponed races in a row was Richmond/Darlington in May 2007. This marked the fifth race in 2009 affected by rain: Daytona ran 152 of 200 laps, Lowe's ran 227 of 400 laps and Loudon ran 273 of 301. Lowe's in May, Pocono in July and Watkins Glen in August all ran on Monday. This was the 75th race in series history run on Monday (34 were the Southern 500, where the race was scheduled for Monday each year).(ESPN/Racing Resources)(8-11-2009)
- Race Fast Facts - Watkins Glen International:
#14-Tony Stewart won the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen (23rd Running), his 36th victory in 378 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2009.
This is his fifth victory and ninth top-10 finish in 11 races at Watkins Glen International.
Marcos Ambrose (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Watkins Glen International. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2009.
Carl Edwards (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Watkins Glen International.
Max Papis (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Tony Stewart leads the point standings by 260 points over Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-10-2009)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
No changes the spread between 35th and 36th dropped a to 142 points
34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1781, +297
35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1626, 142 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1484, 142 points out of 35th
37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1294, -332
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(8-10-2009) Comment here
Infraction Sheet - Watkins Glen International
Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
#11 19, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
#88 19, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
#31 19, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
#29 23, Pitting before pit road is open/also Too Many Men Over Wall, Tail End
#12 23, Pitting before pit road is open/also Too Many Men Over Wall, Tail End
#43 42, Pitting before pit road is open/also Too Fast Exiting, Tail End
#77 42, Pitting before pit road is open/also Over the Wall Too Soon, Tail End
#09 43, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#71 62, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#55 63, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#29 64, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#55 71, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#19 71, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen: (and their finish)
Caution 1: no driver down a lap, that is on the track
Caution 2: #34-Andretti, still 7 laps down, 30th
Caution 3: #12-Stremme, 26th
Caution 4: #7-Gordon, 18th
Caution 5: #71-Lally, 27th
Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Watkins Glen (or seemed to):
2009 Winners...on Monday:
5/25 Charlotte: #00-David Reutimann
8/3 Pocono: #11-Denny Hamlin
8/10 Watkins Glen: ?
The only other time Watrkins Glen was rained out and ran on a Monday, it was run on August 10, 1987, won by Rusty Wallace.(8-10-2009)
Watkins Glen rained out: The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Watkins Glen International, has been rained out and postponed until Monday, Augsut 10, 2009. The race will be run at 12:00pm/et and be televised on ESPN.(8-9-2009)
Watkins Glen update: NASCAR and Watkins Glen International officials announced at 4:00 pm today that the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be postponed until Monday, August 10, 2009 at 12:00pm. An untimely rainstorm prevented the race from starting at the pre-scheduled time at 2:20 pm this afternoon at the 2.45-mile road course. The race has been rescheduled to begin at 12:00 pm on Monday, August 10, and will air live on ESPN. All tickets will be honored at the gates and return tickets will not be necessary. Gates will open for admission beginning at 8:00 am on Monday morning. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage is scheduled to open at 9:30 am. The Watkins Glen International ticket office will also open at 8:00 am. Fans that have not yet purchased tickets, may still buy tickets for the 90-lap event; tickets begin at just $55. For tickets and information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official Watkins Glen International website at www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(8-9-2009)
Pit Stall Selections - Watkins Glen: The selections of pit stalls for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen have been made. Pole sitter #48-Johnson chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters even thou the team tends to pick the final stall], outside pole sitter #2-Busch took pit stall 2 right behind the #48 and the 3rd place starter #11-Hamlin took the 4th stall. There is only one opening on the Watkins Glen pit road and the driver who start 5th, took the first stall with an opening in front of it, stall 38 with #47-Ambrose, who starts 4th, took stall 37, with the opening in back of it. The final stall was taken by #24-Gordon, who will start 31st.
See the pit selection chart on the Watkins Glen Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-8-2009)
Race Coverage of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is rescheduled for Monday, August 10, 2009.
TV: ESPN at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 12:15pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
SPEED, Wednesday, August 12 at 12:00pm/et
Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)
NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them.
Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here
NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
news, notes and links
- Watkins Glen Pit Stall Selections
Happy Hour practice for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen is over, the top five:
slowest: #04-Jones 118.577 and #37-Ave 119.254
No speed/not running practice: #07-Mears.
Incidents: #12-Stremme got wide off the 'bus stop', then spun off turn 11, just missing the water barrels at the entrance of pit road, did somew damage to the spiltter and headed to the garage.
See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Watkins Glen Practice Speeds Page.(8-8-2009)
Saturday's first practice for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen is over, the top five:
#77-Hornish Jr. 122.379
slowest: #04-Jones 119.331 and #82-Speed 119.359
incidents: #96-Labonte spun off turn 1, drove off ok. #08-Said wheel hopped and he spun off turn 6 and got stuck in the kitty litter. #83-Vickers spun around off turn 2 but was able to drive off.
See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Watkins Glen Practice Speeds Page.(8-8-2009)
Johnson on pole at Watkins Glen: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen with a lap of 123.663mph for his 1st pole of the season and 20th career pole [see the All-Time Pole WInners page]. Johnson how now won at least one pole a year for 8 straight seasons [all 8 seasons of his career]. #2-Busch was 2nd fastest followed by #11-Hamlin, #47-Ambrose, #12-Stremme, #39-Newman, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #08-Said and #42-Montoya. Points leader #14-Stewart will start 13th and #24-Gordon had a poor run and qualified 31st. The fastest 43 cars made the race and the three slowest failed to qualify.
The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #08-Said, #13-Papis, #71-Lally, #82-Speed, #09-Fellows, #04-Jones, #66-Blaney and #37-Ave.
The three drivers who failed to qualify: #87-Nemechek, #36-Simo and #70-Gilliland [his first DNQ of the season, but in a different car, the #71 Chevy he usually drives, qualified 15th.
For qualifying Order, Results and the Starting Lineup, see my Watkins Glen Starting Lineup/Qualifying page.(8-7-2009)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Watkins Glen International:
#48-Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen (23rd Running) with a lap of 71.340 seconds, 123.633 mph.
This is his 20th pole in 277 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and 17th top-10 start in 2009.
This is his first pole in eight races at Watkins Glen International.
#2-Kurt Busch (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2009 and his sixth in nine races at Watkins Glen International.
#11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his 10th in 22 races this season.
#13-Max Papis (16th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-7-2009)
Watkins Glen Pole Progression:
(who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
#42-Montoya, 1st out to qualify, 122.081mph, starts 10th
#11-Hamlin, 3rd out, 123.093, starts 3rd
#48-Johnson, 9th out, 123.663, starts 1st
B>Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
Chevy: #48-Johnson, 123.663, starts 1st
Dodge: #2-Busch, 123.619, starts 2nd
Ford: #16-Biffle, 122.519, starts 7th
Toyota: #11-Hamlin, 123.093, starts 3rd
Rookie of the Year Candidates: where do they start at Watkins Glen:
#13-Max Papis (X), 121.654mph, starts 16th
#20-Joey Logano, 120.838mph, starts 35th
#82-Scott Speed (X), 121.185mph, starts 26th
X = needs to race their way in to the race
Coverage of Qualifying for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Friday, August 7, 2009 at 3:10pm/et.
TV: ESPN2 - 3:00pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled
Qualifying Order for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #11-Hamlin, the final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #99-Edwards. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #70-Gilliland with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #82-Speed. See the full qualifying order on the Watkins Glen Qualifying Page.(8-7-2009)
Friday's Practice for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen is over, the top five:
slowest: #37-Ave 118.922 and #04-Jones 119.665
no speed listed: #87-Nemechek [lost engine during 1st lap]
incidents: #7-Gordon lost time when he broke a transmission mounting bracket. #33-Bowyer went off track and got stuck in the kitty litter. #55-Carpentier wrecked and did some damage to the left rear of the car, the team will pull out the backup car. #87-Nemechek looks like he lost an engine and oiled up the track a bit, causing a 15-20 minute delay.
See fastest speed, average sped, laps run on my Watkins Glen Practice Speeds Page.(8-7-2009)
Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Watkins Glen:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#13-Max Papis, 18th
#08-Boris Said, 23rd
#66-Dave Blaney, 32nd
#09-Ron Fellows, 33rd
#71-Andy Lally, 36th
#82-Scott Speed, 38th
#36-Brian Simo, 39th
#70-David Gilliland, 43rd
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#04-P.J. Jones, 44th
#37-Tony Ave, 45th
#87-Joe Nemechek, no speed, lost engone
See fastest speed, average sped, laps run on my Watkins Glen Practice Speeds Page.(8-7-2009)
The Entry List for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
#04-P.J, Jones (62/1)
#08-Boris Said (52/3)
#09-Ron Fellows (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38 in owners pts/21 attempts)
#13-Max Papis (44/10)
#36-Brian Simo (42/21)
#37-Tony Ave (49/13)
#66-Dave Blaney (41/21)
#70-David Gilliland (none/0)
#71-Andy Lally (37/21)
#82-Scott Speed (36/21)
#87-Joe Nemechek (39/11)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 09,82,71,87,66,36,13
missing the race would be : #'s 08,04,70
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Watkins Glen Entry List.(8-3/6-2009)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Watkins Glen:
No changes the spread between 35th and 36th dropped a tad to 171 points
34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1672, +290
35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1553, 171 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1382, 171 points out of 35th
37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1207, -346
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(8-3-2009) Comment here
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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
#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)
Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page
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.
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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.
RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
2008 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 97.148, started 1st
Race Record: Mark Martin, 103.900mph, 8/13/1995
Slowest Race Record: Kyle Petty, 50.879mph, August 1992
Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch (08/10/2008 - 23 years, 3 months, 8 days)
Oldest Winner: Geoffrey Bodine (08/11/1996 - 47 years, 3 months, 24 days)
2008 Pole Sitter: none, rained out, #18-Kyle Busch, started 1st, finished 1st
Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, August 2003, 124.580mph
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Steve Park, August 2000, started 18th
Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon (08/09/1998 - 27 years, 0 months, 5 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Morgan Shepherd (08/13/1989 - 47 years, 10 months, 1 days)
- 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
- 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: 9 [of 26 races] 34.6%
- 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: 9 of 26 events (34.6%)
- Races won from in top 10: 18 of 26 events (69.2%)
- Races won from outside top 10: 7 of 26 events (26.9%)
At Watkins Glen International:
• After several events were held on the streets of Watkins Glen, a permanent facility was opened in 1956.
• The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was in 1957, won by Buck Baker.
• After a six-year absence, NASCAR returned to The Glen in 1964 and 1965.
• After a 21-year absence, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to The Glen, and has run one race a year there since 1986.
• The NASCAR 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in 1998.
• There have been 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International since the first race there in 1957.
• Buck Baker won the first pole and race.
• Tim Richmond won the first pole and race upon the series’ return in 1987.
• There have been 14 different pole winners.
• The race winner has started first in nine of 26 races, including last season when Kyle Busch won from the pole (he started first based on owner points – qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather).
• Mark Martin leads all drivers with wins from the pole with three in a row between 1993 and 1995.
• 17 of the 26 race winners have started from a top-five starting position.
• 19 of 26 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 2000.
• 16 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. He has since won two more (both at Infineon Raceway), for a career total of nine.
• Three active drivers with more than one start have an average finish in the top 10: Denny Hamlin (6.7 in three starts), Mark Martin (6.9 in 19 starts) and Tony Stewart (5.7 in 10 starts).
• Michael Waltrip is the active leader in starts, with 22. Waltrip will not this race this weekend, instead giving his seat in the No. 55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota to Patrick Carpentier. Carpentier has finishes of 22nd and 20th in his two previous Watkins Glen races.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
Robby and P.J. schemes for Watkins Glen: #7-Robby Gordon will sport a black Jim Beam scheme on the #7 Toyota at Watkins Glen this weekend. Gordon will also field a car for P.J. Jones as he did at Infineon Raceway. Jones will drive the #04 Jim Beam / Menards Toyota with the same scheme he had at Infineon.(RGM), see images of the schemes on my #7 Team Schemes page and #04 Team Schemes page.(8-6-2009) Comment here
More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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
Grand Marshal: Scott Blake, Senior Vice President of Operationsof Heluva Good!
Command to start engines: Scott Blake
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Jim Leonard winner of Heluva Good! VIP Race Weekend Sweepstakes
Invocation: David Fife, Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church
National Anthem - Sunday: TelluRide
National Anthem - Monday: Lindsay Gerhardt
Military Flyover: Four F-16C Fighting Falcons, 174th Fighter Wing NY ANG, Syracuse, NY
For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
Track Website: theglen.com
ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Watkins Glen International
August 2008: see my Watkins Glen Race Info page
Race Officials for Watkins Glen:
The pre-race ceremony for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen on Sunday, August 9 will not only include participation from local military and up-and-coming country band, TelluRide, but it will also feature executives from Heluva Good! and even fans. Scott Blake of Heluva Good! will give the command to start engines for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. Blake will act as grand marshal of the event of the 90-lap event. Blake is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Heluva Good!, which formed more than 75 years ago in Sodus, N.Y.
Jim Leonard won the experience of a lifetime by entering the Heluva Good! VIP Race Weekend Sweepstakes and will also be participating in the pre-race festivities. As a part of his prize, Leonard will get the responsibilities of the honorary starter for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. Leonard will wave the green flag to start the race at approximately 2:20pm/et.
In addition to participation from the Heluva Good! representatives, the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen pre-race will also feature local military troops and the up-and-coming Country band, TelluRide. Just before the command to fire engines, TelluRide will perform the American and Canadian National Anthems. Meanwhile, color guards from the ARMY's 27th Combat Brigade of Syracuse, the U.S. Niagara Falls Air Force Color Guard and the U.S. Navy Color Guard of Buffalo will join the West Point Military Police Honor Guard in presenting the nation's colors. The fly-over will be performed by the 174th Fighter Wing of Syracuse, N.Y.(WGI)(8-9-2009)
Riesbeck named to Legends of The Glen Class: Watkins Glen International announced Jim Riesbeck as the final inductee into the “Legends of The Glen” Class of 2009. After honoring the Drivers of the Decade in 2008, the Class of 2009 is composed of individuals who have had a significant influence over the history and success of Watkins Glen International. The induction was a part of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen weekend, August 6-9, which featured racing by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series—a series that Riesbeck helped bring back to The Glen more than twenty years ago. The award was accepted on Friday afternoon by members of the Riesbeck family. Family members in attendance included his brothers John and Larry Riesbeck, and his sister Mary Linda Vetter. In early 1983, Riesbeck was searching for a way to increase the economic viability of Upstate New York, which would benefit his employer, Corning, Inc. After visiting the 1983 Daytona 500, Riesbeck knew that bringing NASCAR’s top division to the region was exactly what he needed to do. He began searching for a facility near Corning, N.Y. and stumbled upon the racetrack in Watkins Glen which was for sale.
At the time, The Glen was going through one of the darkest periods in its history. The Watkins Glen Grand Prix Corporation filed for bankruptcy in 1981, leaving the track to be auctioned off and all spectator events cancelled for 1982 and 1983. After looking at the facility for the first time on 1983, Riesbeck was surprised with the good condition of the track and quickly traveled back to Daytona Beach for a meeting with executives of International Speedway Corporation (ISC). Within just a few months, the two companies announced a new entity formed through their joint venture. The newly announced “Watkins Glen International” would begin hosting spectator events in 1984.
Riesbeck never gave up on his dream of bringing NASCAR racing to Upstate New York and continued to work with NASCAR executives until he was successful in securing an agreement. In August 1986, Watkins Glen International hosted its first race for NASCAR’s top division in more than 21 years. After an afternoon on great racing on the 2.45-mile circuit, Tim Richmond took the checkered flag to win from the pole position. Riesbeck continued to be a driving force at The Glen until his untimely death in 1993. In appreciation of everything Riesbeck has done to make The Glen on of the premier road courses in America, Watkins Glen International presents a Steuben bowl, The Riesbeck Cup, to the winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race every year.(WGI)(8-8-2009)
Soldier to be honored at Watkins Glen: Staff Sgt. Jonathan Madonna will be honored as a "Hometown Hero" during the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen weekend at Watkins Glen International. Madonna, of North Syracuse, was injured in an explosion two years ago while serving in Iraq. He now works with the U.S. Army's Wounded Warrior Program, which helps soldiers recover from devastating injuries. At the track, Madonna will tour the garage, hauler and pit areas, and he'll meet the U.S. Army Racing Team of the Sprint Cup #39 Chevy driven by Ryan Newman. Madonna will watch the race from the grandstand, and he will talk to fans who visit the Army's Strength in Action Zone, an interactive area featuring simulators, fitness tests and other challenges that allow race fans to experience what a soldier's life is like.(Elmira Star Gazette)(8-7-2009) Comment here
Text Service availabe at Watkins Glen: Watkins Glen International has partnered with InStadiumSolutions (“ISS”) to implement a text-message based communication system at their facility. The service debuts this weekend, August 6-9, at Watkins Glen International, host to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Crown Royal 200, NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. The text messaging system allows fans to communicate directly with the racetrack’s command post if assistance is needed in dealing with any special needs inside the facility. The service is being provided at all International Speedway Corporation facilities and successfully debuted in May at Darlington Raceway. Texting instructions will be placed prominently throughout each facility via static signage and will be regularly broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Fans are still encouraged to dial 911 for facility emergencies.(WGI)(8-6-2009)
New York Armed Forces to highlight ceremonies at Watkins Glen: The pre-race ceremonies for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen and Zippo 200 are sure to be memorable in 2009. As a special tribute to our country and our local troops, several local military groups will be participating in the pre-race festivities by providing fly-over crews and color guards. Fans can expect goose bumps from the ceremonies that involve members of the Army, NAVY, Air Force, and West Point Military Police.
Leading up to the start of the Zippo 200 on Saturday, August 8, fans will get to cheer on members of the armed forces from around New York State. During the singing of the National Anthem, color guards from all different military branches will be posted around the 2.45-mile circuit. The U.S. Niagara Falls Air Force Color Guard of Niagara Falls, N.Y., will be joined by the Army’s 27th Combat Brigade of Syracuse, N.Y., and the U.S. NAVY Color Guard of Buffalo, N.Y., to present the nation’s colors. Following the Anthem, multiple Black Hawk helicopters from the N.Y. Army National Guard of Albany will pass over the grandstands at a low altitude to amaze the fans.
The pre-race ceremony for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen on Sunday, August 9, will feature even more involvement from local military. Four F-16C Fighting Falcons of the 174th Fighter Wing from Syracuse, N.Y., will stun fans as they fly over the grandstands just moments before the drivers fire their engines. Just like Saturday, colors guards will be stationed around the road course from the U.S. Niagara Falls Air Force Color Guard, the 27th Combat Brigade of Syracuse, and the U.S. NAVY Color Guard of Buffalo.
Located front-and-center, the West Point Military Police Honor Guard will present the nation’s colors from the pre-race stage at the start/finish line. Each member of the West Point Military Police Honor Guard has served the country in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The West Point Military Police Color Guard’s primary purpose is to render military honors at military funerals for fallen comrades, but they also present the nation’s colors for various prestigious ceremonies and events. For tickets and information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official Watkins Glen International website at www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(8-5-2009)
Country Stars to sing National Anthems/hold concert at Watkins Glen: The Red Cat Summer Stage at Watkins Glen International will feature some of country music’s hottest rising stars following the Zippo 200 on the night of Saturday, August 8. The concert will feature both Megan Linville and TelluRide. Linville will open the concert beginning 6:30pm/et in the Turn 10 Village, and then TelluRide will take over as the main act. Once again the concert is included in the price of admission for both Weekend and Sunday-Only ticket holders to the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 6-9. Sunday-Only ticket holders will be permitted to enter the track starting at 5:00pm/et on Saturday evening. In addition to performing Saturday night, both TelluRide and Linville will perform the National Anthem leading up to the racing action at The Glen. Linville will perform the Canadian and American Anthems just before the Zippo 200 on Saturday afternoon. Then, minutes before the green flag falls for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, TelluRide will perform the anthems for the crowd around the 2.45-mile road course. For tickets and information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official Watkins Glen International website at www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(8-4-2009)
Watkins Glen's McDonalds Family Grandstand Sold Out: Tickets in the McDonalds Family Grandstand are sold out for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen weekend, August 6-9. The family-friendly grandstand offers one of the best seats in the house, allowing fans to watch the stars of the Sprint Cup Series zip through the Esses and head for the backstretch. For the first time in recent memory, the McDonald’s Family Grandstand has sold out two weeks before the green flag falls at The Glen. Other great seats at The Glen are still available for the upcoming Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen weekend, August 6-9. For tickets and information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official Watkins Glen International website at www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(7-28-2009)
ISC Announces Changes to Track Leadership: International Speedway Corporation announced it has named Craig Rust, current president of Watkins Glen International, as president of Chicagoland Speedway effective June 15. In addition, the Company announced it has named Michael Printup as president of Watkins Glen to replace Rust. Current Chicagoland President Matt Alexander will leave the Company to pursue other opportunities.(ISC)(6-10-2009)
New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009) Comment here
Watkins Glen Family Grandstand Tickets Prices Lowered: Watkins Glen International announced during a press conference held at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel this afternoon, that they have teamed up with McDonald’s to lower ticket prices in the McDonald’s Family Grandstand during the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen and Zippo 200, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race weekend, August 6-9, 2009. The cost per ticket is now $65 down 24% from $85 dollars in 2008 and a new 12 and under kids’ ticket can be purchased for only $20, in the McDonald’s Family Grandstand. The McDonald’s Family Grandstand is a smoke-and-alcohol free grandstand located in the infield near the top of the famed “Esses” and was created to provide families with a safe and fun entertainment environment during the race weekends. The grandstand seating has a large screen. Tickets for the entire 2009 season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! For tickets and information contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official Watkins Glen website at TheGlen.com.(WGI PR)(4-22-2009)
Mark Donohue Tribute at Watkins Glen: The weekend of April 25-26, 2009, Watkins Glen International and the International Motor Racing Research Center will join forces to present a Mark Donohue Tribute. The weekend will include the launch of Michael Argetsinger's new book on Mark. This is the first definitive biography ever written on Mark and at more than 600 pages, promises to be an outstanding read and a tremendous tribute to his memory. Details of the weekend remain in the planning stage but activities will include an opportunity to drive the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen circuit in your own car. A dedicated session will provide for ex-Donohue race cars to have the track to themselves. Several outstanding cars have already committed to be there. There will also be discussion sessions with key people in Mark's life presenting their memories and stories.
Donohue's SCCA Championship Winning Cars Will Be Featured at Opening Day, Catch Two of Donohue's 1967 Lola T70 Cars at The Glen, Donohue's 1973 PC-1 F1 Car Will Be at Opening Day and Donohue's Final Indy 500 Ride Coming to The Glen. More info available at www.UnfairAdvantageRacing.com and theglen.com.(4-21-2009)
Watkins Glen Cup race gets a sponsor: Watkins Glen International announced that Heluva Good! will be the new title sponsor for the historic road course’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2009. The newly titled “Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen,” is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:00 pm/et on Sunday, August 9, during its traditional race weekend, and will be broadcast live on ESPN. “We are excited to bring the ‘Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen’ to Watkins Glen International this summer,” said Scott Blake, sr. vice president of operations for Heluva Good!. “The Heluva Good! brand is built on bold flavors and personality, which complement the characteristics of NASCAR’s passionate fan base.” Heluva Good!, headquartered in Sodus, New York, is part of the family of brands owned by HP Hood LLC, Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Heluva Good! products, including a variety of sour cream dips and naturally aged cheese, are available in dairy cases throughout the Eastern and Southern U.S. and all of Canada. Heluva Good! will also be the official dip product of Watkins Glen International for the 2009 season and also have promotional rights with ISC sister facility, Michigan International Speedway. Tickets for the entire 2009 season at Watkins Glen International are on sale, call 866-461-RACE or log on to the official Watkins Glen website at www.TheGlen.com.(Watkins Glen International PR)(3-13-2009)
Stewart, Martin named drivers of the decade at WGI: Prior to the scheduled time for qualifying for the Centurion Boats at The Glen, Watkins Glen International honored two of NASCAR's greatest racers. Mark Martin and Tony Stewart were each named as a Driver of the Decade and inducted into The Legends of The Glen during a press conference held in the media center this afternoon. The Sprint Cup Series stars have etched their names in WGI history with a combined stat line of 7 wins, 19 Top 5's, and 23 Top 10's.
Stewart had one of the most dominating ten year runs of all-time from 1998 to 2007. He scored four wins over six years and captured a total of eight Top 10 finishes. Stewart used his victory in 2004 to help propel him to his second career Sprint Cup Series championship.
In 2005, he become the third driver to win two consecutive Sprint Cup Series races at The Glen, but this time it came from the pole.
Stewart seemed to have a great appreciation for the prestige that goes along with being named Driver of the Decade along with legends such as Al Holbert, Sir Jackie Stewart, and Graham Hill.
Mark Martin was undoubtedly the man to beat at Watkins Glen International during the 1988-1997 time periods. During that ten-year span, Martin scored an incredible nine Top-5 finishes. Martin not only had three consecutive wins from 1993-1995, but all three of those wins
came from the pole. Martin's only result outside the top ten during that decade was a 28th place finish, which he achieved during his debut
at Watkins Glen International in 1988. Martin was unable to accept the award in person this weekend, but recorded a message to be shared with fans via the Sprint Vision Screen during the pre-race ceremony for Sunday's Centurion Boats at the Glen. In the recorded message, Martin discusses his experiences at The Glen and what the Driver of the Decade award means to him.(WGI)(8-10-2008)
Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Watkins Glen International
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials
Number of Tires: Sprint Cup -- 2,000; Nationwide -- 1,150 [600 Wet]
Tire Code: D-4246 (same on all four tire positions), (D-4215 - Wet)
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 31-33 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire code (D-4246) on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen this weekend . . . this is the first time NASCAR teams will be running this tire code, and Watkins Glen is the only track at which it will be run . . . compared to the tire run at NASCAR's other road courses -- in Sonoma, Calif. (Sprint Cup) and Montreal, Canada (Nationwide) -- this tire has a tougher compound to account for The Glen's higher speeds and loads encountered in the corners . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.
Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear has brought 600 wet weather tires for use by Nationwide teams, should NASCAR deem that conditions warrant . . . this tire was tested by Juan Pablo Montoya at the Goodyear proving grounds in San Angelo, Texas this past November . . . this is a new tire code (D-4215), and introduces the use of carbon fiber technology into NASCAR . . . the carbon fiber helps reinforce the tire's sidewalls for enhanced handling and contact with the course . . . this tire also features a different tread pattern from last year's wet weather tire . . . a road car version of the tread pattern is featured on the Goodyear Eagle F1 All-Season high performance car tire.
Said in the #08 car at Watkins Glen: Boris Said confirmed Thursday on the Race 2 Win Radio show that he will be in driving the #08 U.S. Chrome Ford at Watkins Glen.(8-6-2009)
Ambrose running double duty at Watkins Glen: Last year, Marcos Ambrose became a first-time NASCAR race winner taking the checkered flag in the Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, driving for JTG-Daugherty Racing owned by Tad and Jodi Geschickter and Brad Daugherty. For his first Sprint Cup race at The Glen, he started 43rd and finished third in only his third start. Ambrose’s impressive run with Wood Brothers [#21 Ford] landed him his career-best finish by crossing the finish line in third-place.
Now, Ambrose is pulling double duty again at the 2.45-mile road course. On Saturday, he climbs behind the wheel of the #47 STP Octane Booster Toyota fielded by JTG-Daugherty Racing and looks to repeat with support from his Sprint Cup Series crew chief Frank Kerr and his #47 Little Debbie Toyota Racing pit crew. Then on Sunday, Ambrose aims to supersede his career-best finish [3rd] matched at Sonoma (Infineon Raceway) this season. Following Pocono on Monday, Ambrose left Monday afternoon straight to Dover International Speedway for a two-day Goodyear tire test. In addition to Ambrose running the Nationwide and Cup Series events, he will be kicking up some dirt at Black Rock Speedway in Dundee, NY on Friday night.(MWR)(8-6-2009) Comment here
Gilliland Ready for The Glen, new sponsor, new car#: David Gilliland is ready for The Glen and to debut his new TaxSlayer.com colors on the #70 TaxSlayer.com Chevy in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen to be run Sunday, August 9. Gilliland will be going back to the track where he had one of his worst racing accidents. He will also have a teammate for the first time this year with TRG's sports car ace Andy Lally. New sponsor TaxSlayer.com will ride with David for the first time this weekend. Gilliland: "Watkins Glen will be a good debut for TaxSlayer.com on the car. The car really looks great. It has a medieval feel to it, which is cool. I am looking forward to meeting those folks and working with them over their six race term." TaxSlayer Pro's computerized tax return system, which was introduced to professional tax practitioners in 1992, is the first chapter in the company's story. More info at taxslayer.com and www.taxslayerracing.com.(TRG Motorsports), see an image of the scheme on my #70 Team Schemes page.(8-5-2009)
U.S. Chrome to sponsor #08 at Watkins Glen...who will drive?: Bob Reath, owner of U.S. Chrome Corporation announced that he and his corporation are proud to sponsor the #08 Carter Simo Racing Ford Fusion in the Watkins Glen International Raceway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event slated for August 8, 2009. Reath and U.S. Chrome Corporation got started in NASCAR in the mid to late 80's as a primary sponsor for Dana Patten, racing around the short tracks of New England. In 1988, U.S. Chrome partnered with Patten to run five Sprint Cup races. The team, based out of a two-stall garage in Enfield, N.H., made their debut at Michigan International Speedway with Frank Stoddard as the lead wrench and chassis specialist. Both Reath and Stoddard went on to grow in their respective fields. Stoddard cemented his place in NASCAR as a leading crew chief [14 wins with Jeff Burton] after several successful seasons with Roush Fenway Racing (RFR). Reath's U.S. Chrome Corporation, headquartered in Stratford, CT, has six plants in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The company specializes in functional wear, corrosion and friction resistant coatings. It also features a new environmentally friendly electrocomposite coating for several industries, including:
powersports; motorsports; aerospace; agricultural; solar; automotive; firearms; FAA aircraft repair; oil; and gas. "Everyone at U.S. Chrome is excited about racing again with Frank," says Reath. "We hope he succeeds as he has in many years of racing. We feel he has a good chance of winning at Watkins Glen and we all wish him luck."(Carter Simo PR), Terry Labonte is listed as the dirver of the #60 Ford on the NASCXAR Entry list, but also hear it will be between Labonte and Boris Said, with no firm decision made yet but on ESPN2's NASCAR Now, Boris Said reported he would be running the race, but didn't say what car he would be in. And to see an image of the car, visit my #08 Team Schemes page.(8-4-2009) Comment here
Lally to make Cup debut with TRG at Watkins Glen: Sports car ace Andy Lally is set to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips race at Watkins Glen International Raceway on August 9. Lally will join TRG Motorsports regular David Gilliland in a second car at The Glen [#Lally will run the #71 and Gilliland the #70]. The 34-year old Lally, originally from Northport, New York, has always called Watkins Glen his home track. The sports car veteran has an impressive road racing background having won Rolex Series championships in three different classes, GT in 2006, SGS in 2004 and SRPII in 2001. In addition, Lally anchored the GT class winning Rolex 24 Hour GT team this past February. He currently drives the #67 TRG Porsche in the Rolex GT Series. "Not only am I extremely honored to have a chance to qualify for my first ever Sprint Cup race, but when you add in the fact that it will be in my home state of New York, and at my favorite track makes this opportunity all that more special," Lally said. "I can't wait to get out there and see what we have. I would like to thank Kevin Buckler and the partners at TRG Motorsports for putting their faith in me for this race." Lally has some miles behind the wheel of the TRG Motorsports Chevy. "I have had a chance to test the car already as the team prepared for Infineon. I learned a lot that day and the guys have improved the car since then. I only did about 20 laps in that session so it was a good first outing in the car. The team had a good primary car at Infineon and I think we can even improve on that for The Glen. We have a couple of more test dates set, so I will be able to get some more miles under my belt prior to the race. I have three weeks before the race and in that time I will be working with Slugger (Richard "Slugger" Labbe, crew chief) to cram in as much knowledge as possible. " Kevin Buckler, TRG Motorsports team principal, once again, is giving Lally an opportunity to expand his racing resume. "Andy has been an integral part of our sports car team for over four years now and has also been a good friend," Buckler said. "He is one of the best road racers there is and he knows Watkins Glen like his own backyard. We brought him into NASCAR in 2007 when we started our programs, so I feel it is really cool to give him this shot in Sprint Cup. The partners and I are all really excited about this race. We are running two cars for the first time all season. We will also be introducing our TRG hospitality program that we intend to us in 2010."(TRG Motorsports)(7-29-2009) Comment here
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