Watkins Glen is the last road course on the NASCAR schedule, and lots of drivers dread it. Only a few like Jeff Gordon, and Tony Stewart truly embrace the challenge.
Why wouldn’t those two drivers like Watkins Glen? Gordon has four wins at the track, and Stewart has five, which is the most in Sprint Cup history. However, Stewart won’t be participating in the race this week due to his leg injury he suffered earlier in the week.
Last year’s winner at Watkins Glen, Marcos Ambrose, is looking for another win to jolt up into the Chase standings, as he is currently 22nd in points with only three top-10 finishes on the year. Ambrose has a very slim shot at making the chase anyway, but going to road courses at this time of year is asking for desperate acts to turn into anger on the track. Drivers will do anything they can to move people out of the way if need be.
Points leader Jimmy Johnson is looking to bounce back after a disappointing finish at Pocono last Sunday, where he blew out his right-front tire while leading on the track. Johnson finished 13th but is still ahead by 77 points over second-place Clint Bowyer in the standings.
This is a track that can make or break a lot of drivers. The goal may not be to win, but to have a solid finish. Only 27 points separate ninth place through 15th in the standings. If you are a driver on Sunday, make your moves wisely.