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THE RACE: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen

TRACK: Watkins Glen International

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #22 of 36 for the 2010 season
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  • Race: Sunday, August 8, 2010 in Watkins Glen, NY

  • Title Sponsor: Heluva Good!

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:18pm/et


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  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dr. Jerry Punch. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch
    On-track studio: Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, August 9 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, August 11 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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    Friday, August 6, 12:00 - 1:50pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, August 6, 4:10-5:30 pm/et, TV-ESPN2


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  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 6, 11:00 am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, August 7 at 11:10 am/et, TV-ESPN, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Montoya wins at Watkins Glen: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya won the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International for his first win of 2010 and the second of his career. His first win was 113 races ago at Infineon in 2007. #2-Busch finished second followed by: #47-Ambrose, #43-Allmendinger, #99-Edwards, #1-McMurray, #14-Stewart, #18-Busch, #31-Buton, and #24-Gordon. #29-Harvick lost 4 points on his lead to 189 points over #24-Jeff Gordon. There were 10 lead changes among 5 drivers and 5 cautions for 13 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 90,000. Last year's race was rain delayed until Monday in front of a crowd of 85,000.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Watkins Glen Race Results/Awards page.(8-8-2010)

  • Watkins Glen News & Facts:
    • Juan Pablo Montoya won the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at Watkins Glen International. It was his second Sprint Cup Series victory in his 131st start. It was his first win in 2010 and the second of his career, the first coming at Sonoma in 2007. He ended a 113-race winless streak and led 74 of 90 laps. He led the most laps for the second time in 2010 (Indy) and for the fourth time in his career, but the first he has won after leading the most. He has led in 13 of the 22 races in 2010. Montoya is the fourth driver to win in 2010 who broke winless streaks of 50 or more races, joining (Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle.
    • Montoya is the 10th different race winner in 2010 and the 17th different race winner in 28 races at Watkins Glen. It was his third straight top-10 finish at Watkins Glen and his seventh top-10 finish in eight career road course races.
    • It was the third win in 2010 for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Jamie McMurray won at Daytona and Indy. It was the team's first win at Watkins Glen. Ganassi won the Rolex Grand-Am race with Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett at Watkins Glen on Saturday and won the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio with Dario Franchitti on Sunday.
    • Chevrolet earned its series-leading 11th win in 2010. Toyota has eight, Dodge two and Ford one. It was Chevrolet's 16th win at Watkins Glen, the most of all manufacturers. Chevrolet has won 12 of the past 14 races at Watkins Glen.
    • Crew Chief Brian Pattie earned his first Cup win.
    • Kurt Busch finished second in his 350th career series start and posted best finish in his 10 races at Watkins Glen; he extended a three-race streak of top-10 finishes at Watkins Glen.
    • Marcos Ambrose (who finished third) posted third straight top-three finish in three Watkins Glen races. Ambrose has finished sixth or better in the past five road course races.
    • AJ Allmendinger (fourth) posted his career-best road course finish.
    • Carl Edwards (fifth) posted his fifth straight top-10 finish in six races at Watkins Glen.
    • Tony Stewart (seventh) has finished 11th or better in 11 of his 12 races at Watkins Glen.
    • Kyle Busch (eighth) has scored top-10 finishes in his past five races at the Glen.(ESPN.com)(8-9-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Watkins Glen:
    Juan Pablo Montoya won the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen (25th Running), his second victory in 131 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2010.
    Montoya's last win came on June 24, 2007 at Infineon Raceway. He breaks a 113-race winless drought.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Watkins Glen International.
    Kurt Busch (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in ten races at Watkins Glen International. It is his best career finish at a road course. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2010.
    Marcos Ambrose (third) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Watkins Glen International.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-8-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 3210
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3025, -185
    3) #31-Jeff Burton, 2895, -315
    4) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2892, -318
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2882, -328
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2872, -338
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2866, -344
    8) #14-Tony Stewart, 28659, -345
    9) #99-Carl Edwards, 2821, -389
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2806, -404, +175
    11) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2743, -467, +112
    12) #5-Mark Martin, 2641, -569, 10 ahead of 13th
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2631, -579, 10 points out of the chase
    14) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2547, -652, -83
    15) #1-McMurray [2 wins], 2547, -663, -94
    16) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2520, -690, -121
    17) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2508, -702, -133
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
    21) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya [1 win], 2436, -774, -205
    36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(8-8-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #26 team moved to 36th and the #38 back to 37th. The points spread from 35th to 36th is now at 182.
    33) #37-Kvapil/Front Row: 1656, +189
    34) #7-Robby Gordon/RGM, 1652, +185
    35) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1649, 182 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1467, -182 points out of the top 35
    37) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 1452, -197
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(8-8-2010)

  • Penalty Report - Watkins Glen:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #12 Pre-Race to the rear, engine change
    #18 Pre-Race to the rear, pitting too soon
    #55 15 Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
    #12 42 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #37 43 Excessive speed ENTERING pits, tail end
    #09 66 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #83 66 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end - to the garage
    #20 67 Running the stop and go sign/light, 1 lap
    #48 70 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #11 70 Pitting before pit road is open, tail end - to the garage
    #7 84 Safety violation - heavy smoke, pit
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-8-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #37-Kvapil, 30th
    Caution 2: #19-Sadler, 29th
    Caution 3: #34-Conway, 31st
    Caution 4: #33-Bowyer, 32nd
    Caution 5: #33-Bowyer (2), 32nd
    (8-8-2010)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Watkins Glen (or seemed to)?
    none
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(8-8-2010)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Watkins Glen: The selections of pit stalls for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International have been made. Pole sitter #99-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #1-McMurray took pit stall 38, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #42-Montoya, who starts 3rd took the 37th pit stall, the first stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #88-Earnhardt, Jr., who starts 40th.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-7-2010)

  • Race Coverage of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Sunday, August 8, 2010.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:18pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, August 9 at 2:30am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, August 11 at 12:00pm/et

  • Some Chassis selections for Watkins Glen:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 McDonald' Chevy team will bring chassis #1012 to Watkins Glen. This chassis was tested two weeks ago at Road Atlanta and will mark its first race.
    #2-Kurt Busch: Crew chief Steve Addington and the "Blue Deuce" crew are racing their "PRS-722" Miller Lite "Vortex" Dodge in this weekend's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen' at Watkins Glen International. The team debuted this car at Infineon Raceway on June 20. Busch started third and was running fifth with four laps remaining when an incident with Jeff Gordon sent him to pit road under the green because of a flat tire. That resulted in a disappointing 32nd-place finish. "The car was completely reworked after the Sonoma race and we tested with it a couple of weeks back (on July 26) at Road Atlanta," said Busch of the 2.54-mile road course located in Braselton, Georgia.
    #5-Mark Martin: Crew Chief Alan Gustafson chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #5-608 for Sunday's race at Watkins Glen. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to a 14th-place finish at Infineon Raceway in June.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-660 Last ran Sonoma – finished 25th; Backup: RK-627 Last ran Watkins Glen '09 – finished 24th. The University Center (SLIC - 1421) in the Northeast District has been selected as the UPS Maximum Center for the August 8 Watkins Glen International Speedway Race. The University Center will have its identification number on Ragan's car as a result of maintaining 100% effectiveness to plan on the Balanced Scorecard for multiple elements in the month of May. With these results, the University Center truly proves to be best in class.
    #12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-723 during Sunday's second road course race of the season at Watkins Glen International (WGI). This chassis last competed at Infineon Raceway in June.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-546 made its debut in June 2009 at Infineon Raceway, where Stewart used it to qualify fourth and lead twice for 11 laps before finishing second. Prior to Sonoma, Chassis No. 14-546 tested at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). In preparation for its second career start in August at Watkins Glen, the car was brought back to VIR for a single-day test on July 27. The time at VIR paid off, as Stewart used Chassis No. 14-546 to qualify 13th and then lead twice for a race-high 34 laps to record his fifth Sprint Cup win at Watkins Glen. Chassis No. 14-546 tested again at VIR on May 11 in preparation for its return to Sonoma this past June. There, it qualified seventh and finished a respectable ninth. It returns to action this weekend at Watkins Glen where it will attempt to defend its victory from a year ago.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-663 (Last raced at Sonoma).
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 240: This chassis made its debut in June 2009 at Infineon Raceway. Busch qualified second and led 10 laps, but brake issues led to contact with another car. As a result, Busch went a lap down but rallied to post a 22nd-place finish. The #18 team brought this chassis to the other road course race in 2009 – Watkins Glen International – where Busch started eighth and finished a solid fourth. This chassis made its way back to Sonoma in June, where Busch qualified 27th and got caught up in a multi-car accident on lap 10, resulting in extended time in the garage for repairs to the front end of his #18. The result was a disappointing 39th-place finish.
    #19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford team has prepared chassis #243 for this weekend's event. This is the same car the team ran earlier this season at Infineon Raceway where Sadler drove 17th.
    #20-Joey Logano: The #20 Home Depot Team is taking chassis #234 this weekend for the race on the 2.45-mile road course. Logano drove this chassis at Sonoma earlier this season to a 33rd-place finish and in both road-course races in 2009 (19th at Infineon and 16th at Watkins Glen). The back-up chassis is #180 which has never competed but served as the back-up car last year.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 321 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a completely brand new chassis, and its first laps on the track will be opening practice on Friday.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 245 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2009 as a #07 racer, this machine was put through two short track tests and then shelved before being converted to a road course #31 racer. It was put through its first competition at Infineon Raceway in June where the South Boston, Va., native finished 27th after being spun off course with less than five laps remaining.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot Chassis No. 300 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is the same Chevy Bowyer raced at Infineon Raceway in June. He started 22nd and raced his way into the top 10 before late-race contact, a broken part and a flat rear tire resulted in a less-than-desired 31st-place finish.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Brian Pattie and the #42 Target team will bring Chassis #1014 to Watkins Glen International this weekend. This will be the first time the chassis will be used in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition this season. The Target team tested this chassis at Virginia International Raceway in June.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett has prepared chassis #257 for this weekend's event at Watkins Glen International. The team last utilized this chassis for the event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., where Allmendinger qualified 15th and drove to a 13th-place finish.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: last piloted primary chassis No. 543 to his first road course victory by winning the Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway in June. Back up chassis No. 442 was last driven to a seventh-place finish at Watkins Glen in August 2008.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-514. Earnhardt last raced this car to an 11th-place finish at Infineon Raceway in June.
    #98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis #254 for this weekend's event. This is the same car the team ran at the road course in Sonoma, Calif. earlier this season.
    #99-Carl Edwards: The #99 team will bring chassis RK-656 to Watkins Glen this weekend. Edwards raced this chassis at Sonoma in June where he finished 29th. He also ran it at both road course races in 2009.(from team PR's/sites if reported)(8-5-2010)

  • Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)

  • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page and from last season: Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Edwards wins pole at Watkins Glen: #99-Carl Edwards won the Coors Pole for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 124.432mph for his 1st pole of 2010 and 5th of his career. #1-McMurray will start 2nd followed by #42-Montoya, #42-Allmendinger, #2-Bucsh, #14-Stewart, #16-Biffle, #82-Speed, #48-Johnson, & #18-Busch.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #26-Carpentier, #36-Fellows, #55-McDowell, #13-Papis, #09-Labonte, #87-Nemechek, #07-Jones, and #38-Gilliland.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #46-Yeley, #66-Blaney, #35-Ave.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Watkins Glen Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(8-7-2010)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Watkins Glen:
    Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen (25th Running) with a lap of 70.882 seconds, 124.432 mph.
    This is his fifth pole in 215 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2010. Edwards' last pole came in August of 2008 at Bristol, 69 races ago.
    This is his first pole in six races at Watkins Glen International. His previous best start was third in 2008.
    This race has been won from the pole nine times, most recently by Kyle Busch in 2008.
    Jamie McMurray (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2010 and his first in eight races at Watkins Glen International.
    Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his second top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his 13th in 22 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-7-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 11:10am/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN 11:00am/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Happy Hour practice for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over, the fastest,slowest, notes:
    #16-Biffle 124.065
    #42-Montoya 123.807
    #47-Ambrose 123.755
    #2-Busch 123.614
    #29-Harvick 123.607
    slowest: #35-Ave 118.620 & #34-Conway 116.202
    incident: #98-Menard got into the back of #17-Kenseth in turn 7, but Kenseth didn't hit anything. Scott Pruett ran a few laps in the #24 in case Gordon would have to leave this weekend for the birth of his second child.
    See fastest laps, ave speed, most laps run on my Watkins Glen Practice Speeds Page.(8-6-2010)

  • Watkins Glen practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #13-Max Papis, 16th
    #36-Ron Fellows, 20th
    #09-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 26th
    #55-Michael McDowell, 27th
    #26-Patrick Carpentier, 28th
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 31st
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 38th
    #38-David Gilliland, 40th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #66-Dave Blaney, 41st
    #07-P.J. Jones, 44th
    #35-Tony Ave, 45th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • First Friday practice for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over, the fastest, slowest, notes:
    #16-Biffle 122.152
    #11-Hamlin 122.022
    #98-Menard 121.882
    #31-Burton 121.843
    #2-Busch 121.682
    slowest: #35-Ave 116.493 & #34-Conway 114.791
    incident: 5 minutes in, #48-Johnson spun off turn 5 and made slight contact with the interior wall. Just a little splitter damage that the team will repair. #39-Newman spun but did not hit anything. #07-Jones had the car shut off late in the session and stall on the track. #12-Keselowski blew an engine at the end of the session.
    See fastest laps, ave speed, most laps run on my Watkins Glen Practice Speeds Page.(8-6-2010)

  • Watkins Glen practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #36-Ron Fellows, 9th
    #26-Patrick Carpentier, 13th
    #13-Max Papis, 24th
    #55-Michael McDowell, 26th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 31st
    #09-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 36th
    #66-Dave Blaney, 40th
    #38-David Gilliland, 41st
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 42nd
    #07-P.J. Jones, 43rd
    #35-Tony Ave, 45th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • Qualifying Order for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race 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 #71-Lally.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #87-Nemechek with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #13-Papis.
    See the full qualifying order on the Watkins Glen Qualifying Page.(8-6-2010)

  • The Entry List for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points for the first five races in 2010:
    #07-P.J. Jones (52/1)
    #09-Bobby Labonte (2009 race winner as owner)(2000 Champ)(39/21)
    #13-Max Papis (41/21)
    #26-Patrick Carpentier (37/21)
    #35-Tony Ave (49/4)
    #36-Casey Mears (38/21)
    #38-David Gilliland (36/21)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (40/21)
    #55-Michael McDowell (44/21)
    #66-Dave Blaney (43/21)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/21)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26,09,38,36,46,87,13,66
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 55,35,07
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Watkins Glen Entry List.(8-2-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Watkins Glen:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #26 team falls to 37th and #38 up to 36th. The points spread from 35th to 36th is well over a race now, at 199
    33) #37-Kvapil/Front Row: 1583, +213
    34) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1579, +209
    35) #71-TBA/TRG, 1569, 199 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 1370, 199 points out of the top 35
    37) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1367, -202
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(8-1-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 21 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 3080
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2891, -189
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2820, -260
    4) #48Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2803, -277
    5) #31-Jeff Burton, 2757, -323
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2724, -356
    7) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2722, -358
    8) #14-Tony Stewart, 2719, -361
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2682, -398
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 2666, -414
    11) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2652, -428
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2564, -516
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #5-Mark Martin, 2530, -550, 34 points out of the chase
    14) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2435, -645, -129
    15) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2426, -654, -138
    16) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2396, -684, -168
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
    21) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2241, -839, -323
    36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(8-1-2010)

  • What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).

  • 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 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Road Course Wins: All-Time
    Driver, Wins
    Jeff Gordon, 9
    Tony Stewart, 7
    Rusty Wallace, 6
    Bobby Allison, 6
    Richard Petty, 6
    Ricky Rudd, 6
    Darrell Waltrip, 5
    Tim Richmond, 5
    Dan Gurney, 5
    David Pearson, 4
    Mark Martin, 4
    Ernie Irvan, 3
    Geoff Bodine, 3
    Tim Flock, 3
    Cale Yarborough, 3

  • There are four race tracks the Sprint Cup Series currently races at that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Watkins Glen: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Michigan: 0 for 17 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Homestead: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004
    Chicago: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008
    plus Johnson ran five races at Rockingham Speedway and didn't win there.(7-10-2010)

  • Stewart has one-two punch at Watkins Glen: #14-Tony Stewart finished first or second in six straight starts at Watkins Glen. That hasn't happened much in Sprint Cup Series history, just 11 times, and only four times over the last 20 seasons:
    Most consecutive top-two Cup finishes at a track since 1990
    Seasons -- Driver -- Top-twos -- Track
    2001-04 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- 7 -- Talladega
    2004-09 -- Tony Stewart -- 6 -- Watkins Glen
    2004-06 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 6 -- Charlotte
    1992-95 -- Rusty Wallace -- 6 -- Martinsville
    The Record all-time? Richard Petty had 11 straight top-two finishes at Richmond from 1970-1975.(ESPN)(8-12-2009)

  • 2009 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 90.297, started 13th

  • 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)

  • 2009 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 123.533, finished 12th

  • 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 - 8/11/1991

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 8/4/1957

  • Most Leaders: 12 - 8/13/1995

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - 8/4/1957

  • 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: 15 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 9 [of 27 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: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 1
  • Races won from the pole: 9 of 27 events (33.33%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 18 of 27 events (66.67%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 8 of 27 events (29.63%)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    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: Heluva Good Senior Vice President Scott Blake
    Command to start engines: Heluva Good Senior Vice President Scott Blake
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Rev. Dan Fife, Bentley Creek Weslyan Church
    National Anthem: American Idol star Bo Bice
    Military Flyover: Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15s, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Mass

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Websites:
    Watkin's Glen International
    ISC Motorsports
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Watkin's Glen International
    Watkins Glen International - Facebook
    Watkins Glen International - Twitter
    Watkins Glen International Guest Guide
    International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen

  • August 2009: see my Watkins Glen Race Info page


  • Watkins Glen increases recycling efforts: Watkins Glen International has partnered with TOMRA to help provide bottle and can returns for recycling all over the racing facility for the 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8. The Corning West High Marching Band is returning for the weekend to once again raise money through recycling to help fund their New Years’ Day trip to London, England. The Corning Painted Post “Band Aides” will be handing out information about the WGI recycling program throughout the race weekend.
    TOMRA is a leading global provider of advanced solutions enabling recovery and recycling of materials. The international resource recycling company works out of Connecticut and is working with WGI to assist with the legendary road course’s recycling efforts during the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen event weekend.
    The official recycling company of WGI, Swarthout, will once again be working diligently to promote the track’s Go Green efforts to reduce the event’s foot print on the enviro
    nment. Swarthout will have their five cent redemption center running from 10am to 8pm Thursday through Sunday.
    Tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series and Crown Royal 200 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series races, August 5-8, are still on-sale. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(8-6-2010)

  • McDonald’s and Watkins Glen renew partnership: McDonald’s and Watkins Glen International have renewed their partnership for the next three years which is great news for families. Not only does McDonald’s remain the official drive-thru restaurant of WGI but the family-friendly atmosphere of the McDonald’s Family Zone will continue to provide fun for children of all ages. The McDonald’s Family Grandstand offers a smoke and alcohol-free area for families to watch all of the racing action at an affordable price and the McDonald’s Kid Zone is home to games, inflatables, McDonald’s characters, and driver question and answer sessions. The kid zone will be open 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. on Friday, August 6, and Saturday, August 7, and then 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 8. While the McDonald’s Family Grandstand is sold-out the Kids Zone that is adjacent to that grandstand is still open and for free for any ticket holder. Fans can purchase tickets or learn more about the race weekend by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(8-6-2010)

  • All You can eat package at Watkins Glen: Watkins Glen International has created the "All-You-Can-Eat" package that is good for a 4-day admission and hospitality on race day. The cost to upgrade from a standard Turn 11 Grandstand seat to the All-You-Can-Eat package is only six-dollars making it a great way for fans to catch all the action of NASCAR's 25th visit to The Glen, during the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen at an affordable price. The all-you-can-eat concession tent will be open 10:00 am - 12:00 pm on Sunday, August 8th to allow fans plenty of time to fill their stomachs and then head to their seats for the new 1:00 pm start time. The tent will be conveniently located just behind the Turn 11 Grandstand. Fans that have already purchased a ticket for the Turn 11 grandstand can call 866-461-RACE and add the all you-can-eat package for only $6.00. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(8-5-2010)

  • Bo Bice to perform National Anthem at Watkins Glen: National recording artist and former American Idol star Bo Bice will be on-hand to sing the American National Anthem leading up to the fall of the green flag of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen just after 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 8. Bice will not only sing the American National anthem but will also perform a “surprise” concert during the weekend and take part in a Q&A with fans in The Bog Hospitality. The “surprise” concert will be a rare first at historic Watkins Glen International. The “surprise” is that the time, date, and location will not be officially released prior to the event weekend. Tickets for the entire 2010 season including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, and Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 2-4, weekends are on sale now! Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(8-2-2010)

  • Construction Currently Taking Place at Watkins Glen: The sound of engines roaring can be heard throughout Watkins Glen International these days but instead of stock cars, sports cars, or open-wheel cars making the noise, the sources are dump trucks, cement trucks, and bulldozers. Several projects are currently underway at multiple locations making The Soul of American Road Racing a very, very busy place. The new construction includes two new RV dumping stations, expanding the walkway leading from Gate 2 to the East Tunnel, and changes to several turns that were previously announced in January 2010.
    The decision to add the RV dumping stations and expand the walkway came largely from fan feedback. WGI has long asked its fans to share their thoughts and opinions which has helped guide some of the improvements made throughout the legendary road course over the last several seasons. This year fans will find one of the new RV dumping stations next to the bathrooms just outside the West Tunnel as they head towards Gate 6 and the other in the middle of Gate 7 camping. The new stations are being built by Beaver Dams, NY-based R.L. Callahan Inc. and have already been attached to the sewer system with concrete foundations for each currently being poured. Once the stations are finished they, along with the one located outside the East Tunnel that was completed in 2005, will provide fans with three options for clearing their RV storage tanks before the leave the facility following an event weekend.
    The road between Gate 2 and the East Tunnel is currently closed because an earth mover is covering newly installed drainage pipes that run the length of it. The gravel and dirt being backfilled over the new drainage will be leveled-off shortly in preparation for adding 10 ft of pavement to increase the width of the road. Prior to the installation of the expanded sidewalk, this area was often very congested during event weekends with the mixture of car and foot traffic. The new 10 ft of space will provide plenty of room for vehicles and fans to use the road safely and easily both entering and exiting the facility.
    While there is plenty of work being completed on the infield, the majority of the construction is taking place on the track itself and is being handled by Dansville, NY-based Genesee Construction Services Inc. The areas surrounding the Inner Loop, Turn 10, Turn 11, and The Carousel all look more like standard construction sites than turns for a world-renowned road course. The tire barriers that once lined the inside (driver’s right) of the Inner Loop or “bus stop” have already been removed as has all of the gravel that filled the trap between the racing surface and retaining wall. A new concrete wall is being poured to replace the old tire barriers and once it sets then a new SAFER barrier will be hung from it. Fresh asphalt is scheduled to be laid next week to fully pave-over the old gravel trap.
    The construction in The Carousel is moving just as quickly as in the Inner Loop and it looks just as different. The tire barriers and guardrail that were located on driver’s left as they exited The Carousel onto the short straight have been removed. Dirt and gravel have been brought in to level-off the ground to allow a new run-off area to be paved and 400 ft of new curbing has also been added along the edge of the turn. The guardrail will be replaced in the coming weeks but will be located farther from the track and be lined with large trashcans filled with sand much like the ones currently in use at the entrance of pit road.
    The work completed thus far in Turns 10 and 11 is not as extensive as in the Inner Loop or The Carousel but they are still full of activity. Half of the gravel trap in Turn 10 has been removed and the remaining dirt is being packed and leveled to allow for paving to begin next week. The curbing that was already in place has been extended by approximately 350 ft. The tire barriers in Turn 11 have been removed and preparations are being made to pour the foundation for the cement wall that will be used to hang the new SAFER barrier.
    Tickets for the entire 2010 season including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, and Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 2-4, weekends are on sale now! Fans can take advantage of advanced sale prices and new options by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(4-16-2010)

  • All-You can eat at Watkins Glen: Race fans looking for a great seat and more bang for their buck during the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen weekend, August 5-8, need to look no further than the newest offer from Watkins Glen International. For only $75, fans can purchase the NEW All-You-Can-Eat package that includes 4-day general admission access, a Sunday reserved seat in the Turn 11 Grandstand, and access to the exclusive all-you-can-eat concession tent. Those interested in purchasing this money-saving package or upgrading their Turn 11 Grandstand seats to include the “All-You-Can-Eat” option simply need to call 866-461-RACE.
    The cost to upgrade from a standard Turn 11 Grandstand seat to the All-You-Can-Eat package is ONLY $6 making it a great way for fans to catch all the action of NASCAR’s 25th visit to The Glen and feed themselves and their families for an affordable price! The all-you-can-eat concession tent will be open 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM on the morning of Sunday, August 8th to allow fans plenty of time to fill their stomachs and then head to their seats for the new 1:00 PM start time. The tent will be conveniently located just behind the Turn 11 Grandstand. This offer is just the latest in a line of changes The Glen has made to help fans save money that already included reduced prices on NASCAR general admission tickets, the special family-friendly prices in the McDonald’s Family Grandstand, and expanded kids pricing to include fans 15 and under.
    Tickets for the entire 2010 season including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, and Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 2-4, weekends are on sale now! Fans can take advantage of advanced sale prices and new options by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com. Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. The Shop is open Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4, and is closed Sunday. (WGI)(4-3-2010)

  • Five NASCAR Races at Michigan and Watkins Glen...$95: For the first time ever, two historic tracks both known for their picturesque locations, Watkins Glen International and Michigan International Speedway, have come together to offer race fans two great experiences for one low price. As part of the new Heluva Good! ticket package, NASCAR fans get a total of five exciting races for ONLY $95 including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at MIS on Sunday, June 13, and the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen on Sunday, August 8. Both race tracks offer some of the most unique camping opportunities in the sport of racing and are both located in popular vacation destinations. Watkins Glen International is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country where tourism to the region has seen a substantial increase in visitation in the past few years as well as being featured in top tier publications such as Travel + Leisure, Budget Travel, and a featured road trip in the 2010 Rand McNally Atlas. This “Heluva Good!” ticket package saves fans $20 compared to the cost of purchasing separate tickets and includes general admission tickets to both of the International Speedway Corporation (ISC) sister facilities. This great package includes two races on the high-speed oval of MIS during Heluva Good! 400 June 12 and 13. Not only will fans be able to watch NASCAR’s first visit of the season to the Great Lake State but also the VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Series race on Saturday, June 12. Fans that attend the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen weekend, August 5-8, in New York’s Wine Country, will not only get to watch the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series challenge The Soul of American Road Racing but also the double-header featuring the Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide and Crown Royal 200 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series races on Saturday, August 7. Any fans that are ready to catch the excitement of the legendary twists and turns of WGI and the high-speed action at MIS simply need to call 800-354-1010 to order their tickets today.(MIS and WGI)(4-1-2010)

  • Watkins Glen makes changes, including SAFER: Fans and drivers will notice some major changes in several turns when they come back to the legendary road course of Watkins Glen International during the 2010 season. The Glen is continuing their capital improvement plan and undergoing another major renovation project, which is just the latest series of changes, since the permanent road course’s debut in 1957. Among the changes is the removal of gravel traps and grass, modification of the catch fence, installation of SAFER Barriers, and the relocation of guard rails. The project will be the largest improvement project on the 3.4-mile road course since the installation of new catch fences prior to the first IZOD IndyCar Series race at Watkins Glen International in 2005. The renovation project will affect all series that race on the 3.4-mile circuit and include improvements to the Inner loop or “Bus Stop”, Turn 5 (known as Turn 9 of the short-course or the “Carousel”), Turn 10 and Turn 11.
    Along the portion of the course known as the inner loop or “bus stop,” the existing gravel trap will be replaced with a paved runoff area, which will allow more side-by-side racing throughout the tight turns. Additionally, a SAFER barrier will be installed along the interior concrete barrier wall and the existing catch fence system will be removed with a modified version installed. Turn 5, also known as the “Carousel Turn” will include the removal of the existing grass to pave an extended runoff area and the installment of a rumble strip built to FIA specifications along the track edge of pavement. The existing guard rail system will be modified to install a crash attenuator system, to help absorb the impact when a car makes contact with the wall.
    Similarly, the project in Turn 10 will include the removal of a portion of the current gravel trap, which will be replaced with another paved runoff area. Additionally, the current FIA rumble strip will be extended along the track edge of pavement. Finally, Turn 11 improvements will feature the installation of a SAFER barrier in front of the exterior guide rail system. Additionally, all grass areas between the new SAFER barrier and the track will be paved to help provide better traction when a driver is attempting to bring their car to a stop.
    Tickets for the entire 2010 season including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, and Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 2-4, weekends are on sale now, call the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(Watkins Glen International)(1-18-2010)

  • Heluva Good! will continue sponsor Watkins Glen; adds Michigan: Watkins Glen International announced that Heluva Good! will continue as the title sponsor for the historic road course’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race through 2011. The two year agreement is a two track deal that includes the title sponsorship for Michigan International Speedway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in June. The green flag is scheduled to drop on the 25th running of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at 1:00pm/et on Sunday, August 8, during its traditional weekend, and will be broadcast live on ESPN. Heluva Good! will remain the official dip product of Watkins Glen International for 2010 and 2011. The Sodus, NY-based company will become the title sponsor for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, June 13, and be designated the official cheese and dip products of MIS.
    Tickets for the entire 2010 season including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, and Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 2-4, weekends are on sale now! Fans can take advantage of advanced sale prices and new options by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)
    AND Race fans who missed out on renewing tickets at Michigan International Speedway can leave a $30 goodwill deposit and ensure the best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2010. Deposits will be accepted through Jan. 5 only. After that, ticket prices will likely increase as demand goes up. More info at MISpeedway.com.(12-17-2009)

  • 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)

  • 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: Sprint Cup: 2,000

    Tire Code: D-4402 (same on all four tire positions)

    Tire Circumference: 88.5 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 32-34 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire code at Watkins Glen this weekend . . . Goodyear's road course set-up calls for teams to run the same tire code on all four tire positions . . . this is the first time NASCAR teams will run this particular code (D-4402) . . . this tire came out of a Goodyear tire test at Watkins Glen on June 1-2 . . . Sprint Cup drivers participating in that test were Marcos Ambrose, Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon . . . compared to what was run at Watkins Glen last year, this tire features a new compound and construction that will help give the cars more grip . . . while there is no provision in the NASCAR rules for Sprint Cup teams to run in rainy conditions, Goodyear has brought 600 wet weather tires for use by Nationwide teams . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • 350 Cup starts for Kurt Busch: Sunday's battle at Watkins Glen International will mark Miller Lite Dodge driver #2-Kurt Busch's 350th career start in Sprint Cup Series competition. In his 349 races entering this weekend's milestone event, Busch has won 22 (6.3%) races and the 2004 series championship. Along the way, he has recorded 78 top-five finishes (22.3%) and 148 top-10 finishes (42.4%). He has claimed 12 pole positions and led 6,342 of the 97,865 laps (6.5%) he has logged. He has been running at the finish in 309 (88.5%) of the races and finished on the lead lap in 213 (61.0%) of them. Over the period dating back to Sept. 24, 2000, Busch has a 16.0 average start and a 17.2 average finish.(Tom Roberts PR)(8-5-2010)

  • Earnhardt, Jr. making 500th NASCAR start: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevy, will make his 500th start in a NASCAR-sanctioned points-paying event this weekend. Earnhardt will be making his 385th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start when he lines up Sunday at Watkins Glen International. He also has tallied 115 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.(Hendrick PR

    )(8-5-2010)

  • Fellows driving for Baldwin at Watkins Glen: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that former Corvette Racing veteran Ron Fellows will drive the #36 Chevy this weekend at Watkins Glen International. Fellows, who has earned three top-5 Sprint Cup finishes and three Nationwide victories at Watkins Glen, is one of the best road-course racers in the sport.(Tommy Balwin Racing)(8-4-2010)

  • Boris Said to run for Red Bull at Watkins Glen: UPDATE: Road racing ace Boris Said told ESPN.com Monday that he will drive the #83 Red Bull Toyota at Watkins Glen International next month [August 8th]. "I've known [Red Bull GM] Jay Frye and [crew chief] Ryan [Pemberton] forever, and have run for them a bunch of times," Said said. "[Frye] has been calling me, and things worked out so I jumped at the chance. Red Bull is in so many forms of racing, so you never know what could happen from this opportunity. Hopefully it'll give me wings."
    "He's better than 'best available,' " Frye said. "He's a phenomenal talent and an even better guy. He's been close to winning one of these things in the past. We have great history with him, and we have great expectations with him in the car." Said has started five races in 2010 with the #26 Ford team, but the Red Bull outfit is among those in the top-35 in owner points, meaning Said will have a guaranteed starting position. That affords Said the opportunity to focus on race setup during practice. "I've done so many one-offs I'm used to it," Said said. "I don't really know any other way. I'm not worried about that. The first time I'll drive the car is the first practice. If it was 10 years ago I'd think I was going there to win this race. But they've all gotten so damn good at [road racing] now, you just never know. I feel like we'll have a great chance. But again, everyone's gotten so much better. It's going to be fun, no matter what." Said will become the fourth different driver to man the #83 Toyota since Brian Vickers was diagnosed with blood clots that required blood thinner to dissipate, thus ending his 2010 season. Casey Mears made four starts before Mattias Ekstrom took over at the Sonoma road course. Ekstrom has a conflict that weekend, but Frye said they're looking at future opportunities with him. Reed Sorenson drove the #83 at Loudon, Daytona and Chicago, and will be in the car at Indianapolis this weekend.(ESPN)(7-19-2010)
    UPDATE: Red Bull Racing Team confirmed that road course specialist Boris Said will drive the #83 Red Bull Toyota at Watkins Glen International on August 8. “He’s better than the best available,” said Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing Team Vice President and General Manager. “He’s a phenomenal talent and an even better guy. He’s been close to winning one of these things in the past. We have great history with him, and we have high expectations with him in the car.”(Red Bull Racing)(7-20-2010)

  • See the Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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