Together with Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking trophies in the past two Cup Series races, the third member of this”Big 3,” Martin Truex Jr., will feel his time to win 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 road program. Problem is, no driver has accomplished a repeat win at The Glen. Marcos Ambrose, who returned in his native Australia to race, is the last to win races .
Kyle Busch, Harvick and Truex are the three favorites not only to win Sunday but also to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November.
Maybe nobody gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s road course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, who hit his playoff ticket at the track in 2014. Allmendinger opened at 25/1 chances to take the checkers this week.
Allmendinger has six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has accomplished the impressive task of completing every lap (812) of each race he has 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 underwent a repave. While the road-course is very similar to Sonoma Raceway, it’s relatively flat with fewer turns, making it a faster course than its California sister.
2017: Martin Truex Jr..
2016: Denny Hamlin
2015: Joey Logano
2014: AJ Allmendinger
2013: Kyle Busch
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