Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This weekend NASCAR will be road racing at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY. This is the second road course on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. This road course is 2.45 miles long and they made improvements to the track. There are no large sand traps to get stuck in. And there used to be eleven turns, but they slimmed it down to seven(!). Not that they took out some turns, but they are not counting the esses as turns, but as one of the turns.
Steve Park won his first race here in 2000 and I was there to witness it. In the last seven races here, Tony has won four times. He has five wins altogether. Jeff Gordon has nine road course wins. Juan Pablo Montoya won in 2010 and Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have also won here recently. Marcos Ambrose was fastest in the final practice and broke the track record. Let’s see if he can get his first win here. Kyle Busch was fastest in the first practice and will come out last when they qualify later on Saturday morning. A Ford has not won at this track since Geoff Bodine won in 1996! Maybe it is time for a Ford to win. Carl Edwards, the points leader is hoping so. They will race the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips At The Glen on Sunday.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series is also at The Glen for the Zippo 200. Kyle Busch is trying to break Mark Martin’s 49 wins in the Series. He will then be the best Cup driver to race in the Minor Leagues. Qualifying for the Nationwide drivers will be European style. That is, they will come out in groups and race around the course for five minutes, taking their best lap time. As always, slowest in practice will be on track first. This is taking place Saturday morning as i write this. Gotta go!
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing.