Together with Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking trophies from the past two Cup Series races, the third member of the”Big 3,” Martin Truex Jr., may feel his time to win is this weekend in Watkins Glen International (WGI).
Truex is the defending winner at Watkins Glen and has top-10 finishes in his last two races and seven top 10s in 12 total begins on the road program. Problem is, no present driver has accomplished a repeat win at The Glen. Marcos Ambrose, who returned to race in his native Australia, is the final to win back races in 2011-12.
Truex, Harvick and kyle Busch would be the three favorites not just to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November but also Sunday to win.
Maybe no one gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s road course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, who punched his playoff ticket at the track in 2014. Allmendinger started to take the checkers.
Allmendinger includes six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has accomplished the impressive task of finishing every lap (812) of every race he’s competed in there.
Distance: 220.5 kilometers (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 street route that recently underwent a repave. While the road-course is very similar to Sonoma Raceway, it’s 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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