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 period to win is this weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI).
Truex is the defending winner at Watkins Glen and contains top-10 finishes in his past two races there, and seven top 10s in 12 total starts on the street course. Problem is, no driver has accomplished a repeat win at The Glen. Marcos Ambrose, who returned in his native Australia to race, is the final to win races here in 2011-12.
Harvick, kyle Busch and Truex are the 3 favorites to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November but also to win.
Perhaps nobody gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s road course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, that punched his playoff ticket in the street in 2014. This past week allmendinger started to take the checkers.
Allmendinger includes six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has achieved the remarkable job of completing every lap (812) of every race he’s competed in there.
Distance: 220.5 miles (90 Laps); Period 1 (Ends on Lap 20), Stage 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 route that recently got a repave. Though the road-course is similar to Sonoma Raceway, it is relatively flat with fewer twists, which makes 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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