Watkins Glen International
Race #: 22 of 36
Track Size: 2.45-miles
Number of Turns: 7
Race Length: 90 laps / 220.5 miles
2011 pole winner: Kyle Busch, Toyota (126.421 mph, 69.767 sec., 08-13-11)
2011 race winner: Marcos Ambrose, Ford (99.417 mph, 2:16:02, 08-14-11)
Track qualifying record: Kyle Busch, Toyota (126.421 mph, 69.767 sec., 08-13-11)
Track race record: Mark Martin, Ford (103.030 mph, 2:11:54, 08-13-95)
Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York going into the Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen on August 12.
Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 Stanley Ford)
· One win, four top fives, four top 10s
· Average finish of 2.3
Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)
· One top five, four top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 19.8
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
· One win, three top fives, six top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 9.3
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)
· Three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 8.7
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
· Four wins, six top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 14.5
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)
· One top five, four top 10s
· Average finish of 17.2
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)
· One win, two top fives, six top 10s
· Average finish of 12.9
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Cortez Silver Chevrolet)
· Three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 14.2
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
· One top five, one top 10
· Average finish of 11.0
Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)
· One win, two top fives, four top 10s
· Average finish of 11.4
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
· Five wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
· Average finish of 7.1
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
· Two top fives, three top 10s
· Average finish of 14.3
The Top 10
Following Race 21 of 36
|1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.||744||1||0||1||102.1|
|2. Matt Kenseth||739||1||1||2||104.4|
|3. Greg Biffle||738||1||2||3||104.8|
|4. Jimmie Johnson||736||3||1||4||109.8|
|5. Martin Truex Jr.||694||0||1||7||96.3|
|6. Tony Stewart||691||3||0||8||90.4|
|7. Brad Keselowski||690||3||0||9||93.8|
|8. Denny Hamlin||683||2||2||5||99.6|
|9. Kevin Harvick||681||0||0||6||91.1|
|10. Clint Bowyer||679||1||0||10||90.1|
|Pos.||Driver||Wins||Pts. Pos.||Points||Pts. From 10th|
The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.
· 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. This weekend’s race will be the 27th running since its return in 1986.
· There have been 29 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 1986.
· There have been 17 different pole winners.
· The race winner has started first in nine of 29 races. The last race winner to start from the pole was Kyle Busch in 2008.
· Mark Martin leads all drivers with wins from the pole with three in a row between 1993, 1994 and 1995.
· 19 of the 29 races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-five starting position.
· 21 of the 29 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.
· 18 different drivers have won races, led by Tony Stewart, with five.
· 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 Sonoma), for a career total of nine.
· Three active drivers with more than one start have an average finish in the top 10: Marcos Ambrose (2.2 in four starts), Tony Stewart (7.0 in 13 starts), Carl Edwards (8.7 in seven starts), and Kyle Busch (9.2 in seven starts).
· Two drivers have scored their first career NSCS wins at Watkins Glen International: Marcos Ambrose (08/15/2011) and Steve Park (08/13/2000).
· Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Watkins Glen International winner: Kyle Busch (08/10/2008 – 23 years, 3 months, 8 days).
· Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Watkins Glen International winner: Geoff Bodine (08/11/1996 – 47 years, 3 months, 24 days).