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., may feel his time to triumph is this weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI).
Truex is the defending winner in Watkins Glen and has top-10 finishes in his last two races and seven top 10s in 12 total starts 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 races in 2011-12.
Harvick, kyle Busch and Truex are the three favorites not only to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November but also Sunday to win.
Maybe nobody gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s road course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, that hit his playoff ticket in the street in 2014. This week allmendinger opened to take the checkers.
Allmendinger has six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has accomplished the impressive job of finishing 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), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 90).
Watkins Glen, located in upstate New York, is a 7-turn, 2.45-mile road course that recently got a repave. Though the road-course is similar to Sonoma Raceway, it’s relatively flat with fewer twists, 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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