NASCAR Racing: Watkins Glen

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Welcome race fans! This week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen, at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY. In most years, when they come to Watkins Glen, there is rain some time during the weekend. This year is no exception.

They did have qualifying on Friday. 48 Jimmy Johnson will start the race on the pole with a speed of 123.633 with 2 Kurt Busch with him on the front row. But rain is here the day of the race. And the race is postponed until Monday, for the second consecutive week. So I will take the time to tell you about Watkins Glen and some of the cast of characters.

Watkins Glen International is the second and final road course of the year. This is a 2.45 mile track, and they will complete 90 laps. At these road course races, some drivers, who are road course aces, try to qualify for the two races each time. So, let me tell you who is in which car and who had to go home.

Starting in ninth is the 08 of Boris Said. Starting fifteenth in the 71 is Andy Lally. In the 13 car is Max Papis, starting sixteenth. In the MWR car #55 is Patrick Carpentier, replacing owner Michael Waltrip. He starts seventeenth. In the 09 is Ron Fellows, who qualified thirty-seventh. The #04, a Robby Gordon second car is, P. J. Jones, starting thirty-ninth. And in the #37 is Tony Ave.

Three cars and drivers had to go home. 87 Joe Nemechek, 36 (road racer) Brian Simo and 70 David Gilliland. The three-time defending Champion, 48 Jimmy Johnson, is on the pole, but has never won at a road course. Let’s see if he can win on Monday.This is his first pole of the year. The group Telluride sings the National Anthem, pretty good, I might add. But they get out of their cars before Start Your Engines because there is lightening. Later NASCAR officials postpone the race because even if the rain stops, they wouldn’t be able to dry the track and run the whole race before sunset. And Watkins Glen International does not have lights. The Rolex Series ran into the twilight on Friday, but they have headlights.

That’s all for now. I’ll tell you all about the race tomorrow after the race.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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