With Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking decorations in the last two Cup Series races, the third member of the”Big 3,” Martin Truex Jr., will feel his period to triumph is this weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI).
Truex is the defending winner in Watkins Glen and contains top-10 finishes in his past two races there, and seven top 10s in 12 total begins on the street course. Problem is, no current driver has accomplished a repeat win in The Glen. Marcos Ambrose, who returned in his native Australia to race, is the final to win back-to-back races in 2011-12.
Harvick kyle Busch and Truex would be the 3 favorites to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November but also to win Sunday.
Perhaps no one gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s street course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, who hit his playoff ticket at the street in 2014. This week allmendinger started to take the checkers.
Allmendinger has six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has achieved the impressive task of completing every lap (812) of every race he’s competed in there.
Distance: 220.5 miles (90 Laps); Period 1 (Ends on Lap 20), Phase 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Closing Stage (Ends on Lap 90).
Watkins Glen, located in upstate New York, is a 7-turn, 2.45-mile road route that recently got a repave. While the road-course is very similar to Sonoma Raceway, it is relatively flat with fewer turns, making it a faster route than its California sister.
2017: Martin Truex Jr..
2016: Denny Hamlin
2015: Joey Logano
2014: AJ Allmendinger
2013: Kyle Busch
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