NASCAR Watkins Glen Monday, July 30, 2018

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES WATKINS GLEN STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 22 Different winners in 35 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Watkins Glen races
  • 2017 Watkins Glen was shortest race last season: 2:07:03 – Next shortest race: Michigan August 2:40:38
  • Only active drivers with multiple road course wins: 4 Kyle Busch, 3 Martin Truex Jr. & 2 Kevin Harvick
  • Martin Truex Jr. won last 2 road course races – Most laps led last 3 road course races
  • Last to win 3 straight road course races: Tony Stewart 2004 Watkins Glen, 2005 Sonoma & 2005 Watkins Glen
  • Martin Truex Jr. won 2017 Watkins Glen – Finished 2nd in Stage 1 & Stage 2
  • Kyle Busch won Stage 1 at Watkins Glen 2017 – Finished 7th
  • Daniel Suarez won Stage 2 at Watkins Glen 2017 – Finished 3rd
  • Jimmie Johnson: 0 for 16 at Watkins Glen – Last chance this season to get win on a track he has yet to win (Kentucky & Chicagoland)
  • Aric Almirola: No Watkins Glen top 15 finishes – Only track
  • All 4 Stewart-Haas Racing drivers finished 8th or better at Sonoma June
  • All 4 Joe Gibbs Racing drivers finished top 10 in 2017 Watkins Glen race
  • Watkins Glen winner went on to win championship 8 times including Martin Truex Jr. last season
  • 12 Won first career road course race at Watkins Glen including 3 of last 4 winners
  • 12 Won first race of season at Watkins Glen including 4 of last 8 races
  • Only win of season for 8 Watkins Glen winners
  • Ryan Blaney passed for final lead change last Watkins Glen race – Finished 8th
  • Pole finished outside top 5 last 6 Watkins Glen races
  • 6 Different pole winners last 6 Watkins Glen races
  • 9 Watkins Glen races won from 1st starting position – Driver starting 1st failed to win last 9 races
  • Last to win Watkins Glen after winning pole: Jeff Gordon 1998 (2 Have won from 1st since when time trials cancelled)
  • 2 Watkins Glen races settled by last lap pass (2012 & ’15)
  • Most races before first Watkins Glen win: Martin Truex Jr. (2017) won in 12th try
  • 4 Drivers Swept Sonoma & Watkins Glen in same year:
  • Jeff Gordon (‘98 & ’99), R. Gordon (’03), Stewart (’05) & Kyle Busch (’08)
  • 5 Won Daytona 500 & Watkins Glen in same season including Joey Logano (2015) & Denny Hamlin (2016)
  • No pit road speeding penalties last Watkins Glen race
  • 9 Watkins Glen races won by drivers starting outside top 10
  • 3 Won Watkins Glen in first try: Buck Baker, Tim Richmond & Billy Wade
  • 6 Won Watkins Glen for first time in 4th try
  • Steve Park, Marcos Ambrose & AJ Allmendinger only drivers to win first career race at Watkins Glen
  • Marcos Ambrose won first & 2nd career races at Watkins Glen
  • Last to win consecutive Watkins Glen races: Marcos Ambrose (2011 & ’12)
  • 2 Watkins Glen Overtime races (2005 & ’11)
  • 3 Watkins Glen rescheduled races
  • Chevrolet leads all with 17 Watkins Glen wins
  • Jeff Gordon leads all with 9 road course wins
  • 8 Wood Brothers Racing road course wins – 7 at Riverside & 1 at Watkins Glen (1965 Marvin Panch)
  • 7 Joe Gibbs Racing Watkins Glen wins (Most all-time) by 3 different drivers –Stewart 4, Kyle Busch 2 & Hamlin 1
  • 6 Hendrick Motorsports Watkins Glen wins by 3 different drivers – J. Gordon 4, Richmond 1 & Rudd 1
  • 6 Hendrick Motorsports Watkins Glen wins – Last: 2001 Jeff Gordon
  • 3 Roush Fenway Racing Watkins Glen wins – All by Mark Martin (1993-’95)
  • 2 Richard Childress Racing Watkins Glen wins – Robby Gordon 2003 & Kevin Harvick 2006
  • 1 Furniture Row Racing Watkins Glen win – Martin Truex Jr. 2017
  • 1 Stewart-Haas Racing Watkins Glen win – Tony Stewart 2009
  • 1 Team Penske Watkins Glen win – Joey Logano 2015
  • Team Penske: First win – 1/21/73 Riverside, California road course (Mark Donahue Matador)
  • Most Watkins Glen wins: 5 Tony Stewart
  • Most Watkins Glen top 5 finishes: 12 Mark Martin
  • Most Watkins Glen top 10 finishes: 16 Mark Martin
  • Most Watkins Glen lead lap finishes: 21 Mark Martin
  • Most Watkins Glen laps led: 262 Jeff Gordon

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES WATKINS GLEN STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 14 Different winners in 24 NASCAR Xfinity Series Watkins Glen races
  • Justin Allgaier best Xfinity Series regular last Watkins Glen race – Finished 4th
  • First career NXS win for 3 of last 5 road course winners
  • 8 Different winners last 8 road course races
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 3 Watkins Glen races – 2017 Winner
  • 7 of last 9 Watkins Glen winners started on front row including last 3
  • Kyle Busch won Watkins Glen in 10th try (2017) – Most tries before first win
  • Watkins Glen pole finished top 5 last 13 races – 5 Wins
  • Joey Logano won last 3 Watkins Glen poles – 2 Wins & 1 2nd-place finish
  • Team Penske won pole last 7 Watkins Glen Xfinity Series races
  • Team Penske swept front row 3 of last 4 Watkins Glen Xfinity Series races
  • Only 1 won Watkins Glen & championship in same season – Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1999
  • 15 Won first race of season at Watkins Glen including 7 of last 10 winners
  • 1 Watkins Glen race settled by last lap pass – Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Ron Fellows 1999
  • Brad Keselowski led most laps 3 of last 6 Watkins Glen races – 2013 Winner
  • Joey Logano only driver to sweep Watkins Glen NXS & MENCS races on same weekend (2015)
  • Joey Logano finished top 2 in 5 of last 6 Watkins Glen races – 3 Wins (2 NXS & 1 MENCS)
  • Team Penske: 6 Watkins Glen wins – All in last 13 races
  • Ford won 5 of last 6 Watkins Glen races with 3 different teams
  • Most consecutive Watkins Glen wins: 3 – Marcos Ambrose (2008-’10) & Terry Labonte (1994-’96)
  • 3 Won Watkins Glen in first try – Kurt Busch, T. Labonte & Newman
  • Best come-from-behind Watkins Glen win: Ernie Irvan started 22nd (6/92)
  • 3 Won first career race at Watkins Glen – Bill Elliott, Ron Fellows & Marcos Ambrose
  • Joey Logano led record 67 of 82 laps in 2016
  • Winner led lap 1 in 10 Watkins Glen races including last 3
  • Youngest Watkins Glen winner – Dale Earnhardt Jr. 24 (1999)
  • Oldest Watkins Glen winner – Ron Fellows 41 (2001)
  • Best Watkins Glen finish by Rookie contender: 2nd – Greg Biffle 2001
  • Closest Watkins Glen finish: .431 Seconds (Mike McLaughlin over Todd Bodine – 1997)
  • 2 Watkins Glen Overtime finishes – Kurt Busch won both races
  • Most Watkins Glen wins: 4 Marcos Ambrose & Terry Labonte
  • Most Watkins Glen 2nd-place finishes: 3 Todd Bodine & Kyle Busch
  • Most Watkins Glen top 3 finishes: 6 Terry Labonte & Joey Logano
  • Most Watkins Glen top 5 finishes: 7 Terry Labonte
  • Most Watkins Glen top 10 finishes: 9 Ron Fellows
  • Most Watkins Glen laps led: 189 Ron Fellows