This week NASCAR is at Watkins Glen International for the CHEEZ-IT 355 at the Glen. In the past, NASCAR fans and the drivers didn’t like road course racing much but in recent years that style of racing has led to some of the most exciting racing in NASCAR. They are approaching record ticket sales at Watkins Glen due to the racing action. The race is 90 laps—about 220.5 miles.
Marcos Ambrose set a new track record, earned the Coors Light Pole Award and will lead the field to green. Marcos is last year’s winner and a favorite to win the race. Track position is the key to winning a road course race, and starting out the race with the best possible track position is even better. It was the twelfth new track record this season.
Tony Stewart was racing in a Sprint car race this past Monday and got tangled up with a lapped car and flipped. This is the first race he will miss after breaking both bones in his right leg. He will be out of the No. 14 car indefinitely. Tony will not only miss the Chase for the Sprint Cup but quite possibly the rest of the season. This will be a big topic for discussion during the prerace coverage as it has also dominated the discussion in the media. Road racing ace, Max Papis will run the car for Tony at Watkins Glen. He will start the race in a disappointing 29th position.
Since Tony, who was a favorite to win the race will not be competing; Juan Pablo Montoya will be a favorite to get his third road course win. Montoya will start the race eleventh.
Jimmie Johnson the Sprint Cup Series point leader will start the race in his second worst start ever at eighteenth. Johnson and the 48 team have some work to do in order to not give up too many points.
At the time of this writing no teams made unapproved changes to their cars and will have to start at the back.
The weather is supposed to be perfect for racing with only a 10% chance of rain.
If you can’t get to Watkins Glen International the race will be broadcast on ESPN, Sunday August 11th at 12 PM ET.