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Going By the Numbers: Don’t Count Out Marcos Ambrose Just Yet

Going By the Numbers: Don’t Count Out Marcos Ambrose Just Yet

So, here’s something I can’t quite figure out exiting Watkins Glen. Why does Marcos Ambrose suddenly have zero chance to make the Chase? Look, I get it. Ambrose is a road course specialist, one who’ll be making the rounds at NASCAR’s road courses even after he leaves the Sprint Cup Series on a full-time basis. He’s scored both of his career Sprint Cup wins on tracks where one turns right, with even more added in the Nationwide Series. The dude ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Settling Safety, Farewells At Watkins Glen

Pace Laps: Settling Safety, Farewells At Watkins Glen

Sprint Cup: Watkins Glen Odds & Ends - One of the things that makes Formula One racing successful is the commitment the series expects from its viewing constituency.  Races typically conclude in a two-hour window, and when it seems that might not be the case, due to weather, an accident, or some other issue, F1 switches to a timed format.  Might this kind of practice be suitable for NASCAR? The airing of the Cup race at Watkins Glen seemed to last ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Indifference Darian Grubb & The Glen

Happiness Is… Indifference Darian Grubb & The Glen

Well, Pocono was fun.  Or something. At one point it seemed more like bumper cars at 200 mph than actual racing.  Then again, who ever expected the Big One to happen at the triangle, a track long considered one of the most boring?  The overall culmination felt like a disjointed mess of a race, which means it’s not all that surprising that the ratings once again equaled those of a daytime re-run of Covert Affairs. No need to harp on ... Read More »

Tech Talk: Bono Breaks Down Weather Impact On Racing, Watkins Glen

Tech Talk: Bono Breaks Down Weather Impact On Racing, Watkins Glen

The No. 7 team of Tommy Baldwin Racing, armed with a rookie driver and a revamped program continues to improve as the season progresses. Tech Talk has followed along as Michael Annett and the team have matured, logging laps while gaining experience. Kevin Manion, the crew chief, has given us insight all year about the team’s mindset and we see more of that this week along with some great technical answers as Watkins Glen approaches. Manion revisits Pocono and the ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Road Course Ringer Equals Marcos or ‘Dinger

Fantasy Insider: Road Course Ringer Equals Marcos or ‘Dinger

When it came to making fantasy auto racing picks for road courses, for years it seemed like a safe bet to look at the so-called road ringers and try to pick up a top 10 finish with a cheap or rarely used driver. But taking a look back at the last three road course races, the numbers are starting tell us a couple of things. First, the regulars on the Sprint Cup circuit have improved quite a bit at making ... Read More »

Austin Dillon to Drive Spraker Racing Car in NASCAR K&N Series Race at Watkins Glen International

Austin Dillon to Drive Spraker Racing Car in NASCAR K&N Series Race at Watkins Glen International

Spraker Racing Enterprises Inc. announced that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon will drive the team’s No. 37 Chevrolet in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Bully Hill Vineyards 125 at Watkins Glen International on August 8th. Dillon, a regular in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series where he pilots the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet SS will make his first K&N start since Iowa Speedway in 2009. The 24-year-old hopes to gain some extra road course experience with the ... Read More »

Ryan Reed to Run NASCAR K&N Pro East Series Race this Weekend at Watkin’s Glen

Ryan Reed to Run NASCAR K&N Pro East Series Race this Weekend at Watkin’s Glen

Roush Fenway Racing announced on Tuesday that Ryan Reed will run both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Nationwide series events this weekend at Watkin’s Glen International. Reed will drive the No. 99 Ford for Bill McAnally Racing in the East event, before running his familiar No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop DiabetesSM presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series event. Reed is one of the drivers who is in contention for the ... Read More »

Nelson Piquet, Jr. to make Sprint Cup Series Debut this Weekend

Nelson Piquet, Jr. to make Sprint Cup Series Debut this Weekend

Randy Humphrey Racing announced that they will have Nelson Piquet, Jr. behind the wheel of their No. 77 Ford this weekend at Watkins Glen. It will mark Piquet, Jr.’s inaugural Sprint Cup Series start and his first NASCAR race of 2014. After making numerous starts for Turner Scott Motorsports in both the Camping World Truck Nationwide series in previous years, Piquet, Jr. was let go from the team at the end of the 2013 season when sponsorship could not be ... Read More »

Carlos Contreras to Run Watkins Glen for Tri-Star Motorsports

Carlos Contreras to Run Watkins Glen for Tri-Star Motorsports

After finishing 15th earlier this year at Road America, Tri-Star Motorsports announced on Monday that Carlos Contreras is back behind the wheel of the No. 44 38 Special/Ingersoll Rand/Voli Camry at Watkins Glen this weekend and Mid-Ohio Motorsports Park. “I am excited to be back in the Ingersoll Rand No. 44 Camry for these two, back to back, road course races,” Contreras said. “I feel we left a lot on the table at Road America due to contact on the ... Read More »

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono – Watkins Glen Edition

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Pocono – Watkins Glen Edition

The return to Pocono Raceway had it all: widespread pitting strategies, tire-care issues, a high-energy finish and even a Big One. It was the ideal ending to a two-week flat track endeavor. NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series now shifts focus to Watkins Glen International Raceway, where road course specialists will be looking to sneak into the playoff picture with only five races remaining before the cutoff. Is it too little, too late for these drivers, or could someone outside the current ... Read More »