With Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking trophies in the last two Cup Series races, the third member of the”Big 3,” Martin Truex Jr., will feel his time to triumph is this weekend in Watkins Glen International (WGI).
Truex is the defending winner at Watkins Glen and has top-10 finishes in his last two races there, 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, is the last to win races .
Harvick kyle Busch and Truex would be the three favorites Sunday to win but also to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November.
Perhaps no one gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s street course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, that hit his playoff ticket at the track in 2014. This week, allmendinger started to take the checkers.
Allmendinger includes six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has accomplished the impressive task of finishing every lap (812) of every race he’s competed in there.
Distance: 220.5 miles (90 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20), Phase 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Final Phase (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 very similar to Sonoma Raceway, it is relatively flat with fewer turns, 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