Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York, going into the Go Bowling at The Glen (3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90) on Sunday, August 21.
Watkins Glen International Data
Season Race #: 25 of 36 (08-21-22)
Track Size: 2.45-miles
Track Type: Multi-Elevational Road Course
Number of Turns: 7
Race Length: 90 laps / 220.5 miles
The Purse: $6,664,145
Stage 1 & 2 Lengths: 20 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 50 laps
Track Qualifying Record: Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 129.491 mph, (68.113 secs.), August 9, 2014 (Set in Round 1 of 3)
Track Race Record: Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 104.132 mph, (02:07:03), August 6, 2017
2021 Pole Winner: The event‘s starting lineup was decided by Metric Qualifying — Brad Keselowski started from first.
2021 Race Winner: Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 101.031 mph, (02:10:57), August 8, 2021
After several events were held on the streets of Watkins Glen, a permanent facility was opened in 1956.The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International was on August 4, 1957 and won by Buck Baker with an average speed of 83.064 mph in a ‘57 Chevrolet.After a six-year absence, NASCAR returned to Watkins Glen International (The Glen) in 1964 and 1965.Then after a 21-year absence, the NASCAR Cup Series returned to The Glen and has run one race a year there from 1986 to 2019.The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International was rescheduled to another track due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The series did not compete at Watkins Glen International in 2020, but the series did return to the track last season (2021).The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen was scheduled for 101.2-miles in 1957, the second race was 161.7-miles (1964) and the third race was 151.8-miles (1965). Every race since has been scheduled for 220.5-miles (90 laps).The famous Watkins Glen International road course underwent a repave in 2015.There have been 38 NASCAR Cup Series races held at Watkins Glen International (1957 — Present).
A total of 296 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International; 177 have competed in more than one.NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series all-time in starts at Watkins Glen with 24.Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick lead all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in starts at Watkins Glen with 20 starts each.A total of 41 different drivers have made their NASCAR Cup Series career start at Watkins Glen International. The most recent was Spencer Gallagher on August 5, 2018.The best starting position by a driver making his NASCAR Cup Series career debut at Watkins Glen International was second by Boris Said in the August 15, 1999 race; he ultimately finished 42nd in the event.The best finishing position by a driver making his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Watkins Glen International is 13th — it has happened twice — Scott Lagasse Jr. started 28th and finished 13th on August 8, 1993 and Gene Blair started 18th and finished 13th on August 4, 1957.NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett (two starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Watkins Glen International with a 2.0.Among drivers with more than 10 starts all-time, NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart (16 starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Watkins Glen with a 5.875.2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott (five starts) leads the series among active drivers in average starting position at Watkins Glen with a 6.000.
Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Watkins Glen (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg StartRacesRankActive DriversAvg StartRaces1Ned Jarrett2.00021Kyle Larson6.71472Tim Richmond2.50022Chase Elliott7.00053Buck Baker5.00023Kyle Busch7.625164Tony Stewart5.875164AJ Allmendinger9.600105Kyle Larson6.71475William Byron11.00036Chase Elliott7.00056Brad Keselowski11.273117Rusty Wallace7.050207Denny Hamlin12.267158Kyle Busch7.625168Erik Jones12.75049Jimmie Johnson7.889189Martin Truex Jr13.0001510Dale Earnhardt8.2001510Tyler Reddick13.0001
A total of 22 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at least one pole at Watkins Glen International.Five of the 22 NASCAR Cup Series pole winners at Watkins Glen International are active this weekend.Active Pole Winners (5)PolesSeasonsKyle Busch22017, 2011Chase Elliott12019Denny Hamlin12018AJ Allmendinger12015Kurt Busch12006NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt (1990, ‘92, ‘96), Mark Martin (1993, ‘94, ‘95) and Jeff Gordon (1998, ‘03, ‘14) lead the series in poles at Watkins Glen with three each.Kyle Busch leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in poles at Watkins Glen with two (2011 and 2017).Driver/owner Buck Baker won the inaugural pole at Watkins Glen International in 1957 with a speed of 87.071 mph. He went on to win the inaugural race from the pole.Five drivers have won multiple poles in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen — Kyle Busch is the only active driver with multiple WGI poles (two).NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin is the only NASCAR Cup Series driver to post consecutive poles at Watkins Glen (three) — 1993, 1994, and 1995.Youngest Cup Series Watkins Glen pole winner: Chase Elliott (08/4/2019 — 23 years, 8 months, 7 days).Oldest Cup Series Watkins Glen pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (08/13/1989 — 47 years, 10 months, 1 day).New York native Todd Bodine is the only driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to get his first career pole at Watkins Glen International — August 10, 1997.A total of 15 different organizations have won a pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen International and six of the 15 are active this weekend.Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Watkins Glen International with seven poles among five drivers — Tim Richmond (1986), Geoff Bodine (1988), Jeff Gordon (1998, 2003, 2014), Jimmie Johnson (2009), Chase Elliott (2019).
Active NASCAR Cup Series Organizations with Poles at Watkins Glen
RankOrganizationsPoles1Hendrick Motorsports72Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing43Richard Childress Racing34Joe Gibbs Racing45Team Penske26JTG Daugherty Racing1Seven different manufacturers have won at least one NASCAR Cup Series pole at Watkins Glen; led by Chevrolet with 15 poles, followed by Ford (8), Toyota (four), Dodge, Mercury, Oldsmobile and Pontiac (one each).
A total of 24 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Watkins Glen International.Eight of the 24 NASCAR Cup Series winners at Watkins Glen International are active this weekend.Active Race Winners (8)WinsSeasonsChase Elliott22019, 2018Kyle Busch22013, 2008Kyle Larson12021Martin Truex Jr12017Denny Hamlin12016Joey Logano12015AJ Allmendinger12014Kevin Harvick12006 NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Watkins Glen International with five victories (2002, ‘04, ‘05, ‘07 and ‘09).Chase Elliott (2018, ‘19) and Kyle Busch (2008, ‘13) lead all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in wins at Watkins Glen International with two victories each.Five NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Watkins Glen International, by NASCAR Hall of Famers Jeff Gordon (1997, ‘98, ‘99) and Mark Martin (1993, ‘94, ‘95). Chase Elliott is only active driver to accomplish the feat (2018, ‘19).Consecutive WGI Race WinnersSeasonsJeff Gordon1997, 1998, 1999Mark Martin1993, 1994, 1995Chase Elliott2018, 2019Marcos Ambrose2011, 2012Tony Stewart2004, 2005Youngest Cup Series Watkins Glen winner: Chase Elliott (08/05/2018 — 22 years, 8 months, 8 days).Oldest Cup Series Watkins Glen winner: Geoff Bodine (08/11/1996 — 47 years, 3 months, 24 days).Four NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Watkins Glen International:First-Time Winners at WGIStarting Pos.Crew ChiefDateSteve Park18Paul AndrewsSunday, August 13, 2000Marcos Ambrose3Todd ParrottMonday, August 15, 2011AJ Allmendinger6Brian BurnsSunday, August 10, 2014Chase Elliott3Alan GustafsonSunday, August 5, 2018Three NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Watkins Glen International in their first appearance at the track.Winners in First AppearanceSeasonBuck Baker1957Billy Wade1964Tim Richmond1986A total of 13 different starting positions have led to victories in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen International.The pole or first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (10) than any other starting position at Watkins Glen International in the NASCAR Cup Series.Of the 37 NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen 10 have been won from the pole or first starting position (27%); the most recent driver to accomplish the feat was Chase Elliott in 2019.Six different Cup Series drivers have won from the pole or first starting position at Watkins Glen — Mark Martin (1993, ‘94, ‘95), Chase Elliott (2019), Jeff Gordon (1998), Tim Richmond (1988), Billy Wade (1964), Buck Baker (1957).
NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Watkins Glen International
Starting PositionWinsWinning %Starting PositionWinsWinning %11026.32%1112.63%225.26%1212.63%3821.05%13410.53%425.26%1412.63%537.89%1612.63%637.89%1812.63%712.63%StatsWinning %WinsWinning from the First Starting Position:26.32%10Winning from the Front Row:31.58%12Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:65.79%25Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:76.32%29Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:0.00%0None of the NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.The deepest in the field that a NASCAR Cup Series race winner has started at Watkins Glen is 18th, by Steve Park in 2000.Martin Truex Jr. (2017) competed at Watkins Glen 11 times before winning; the longest span of any the eight active series winners.Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen without visiting Victory Lane at 20 starts; followed by Michael McDowell (12) and Brad Keselowski (11).A total of 18 different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen International and eight are active this weekend.Active Winning Organizations (8)WinsHendrick Motorsports9Joe Gibbs Racing7Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing3Richard Childress Racing2JTG Daugherty Racing1Team Penske1Stewart-Haas Racing1Wood Brothers Racing1Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Watkins Glen International with eight victories – Jeff Gordon (four: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001), Chase Elliott (two: 2018, 2019), Kyle Larson (2021), Ricky Rudd (1990), and Tim Richmond (1986).Six different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen; led by Chevrolet with 20 victories; followed by Ford with eight, Pontiac and Toyota with four each and Buick and Mercury each have one.
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
A total of 27 different drivers have finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen, seven of the 27 are active this weekendBrad Keselowski and Mark Martin lead the NASCAR Cup Series in runner-up finishes at Watkins Glen with three second-place finishes each.
Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Watkins Glen (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversRunner-UpsRankActive DriversRunner-Ups1Brad Keselowski31Brad Keselowski3 Mark Martin32Martin Truex Jr23Geoff Bodine23Denny Hamlin1 Marcos Ambrose2 Joey Logano1Martin Truex Jr2 Kurt Busch1 Ron Fellows2 Kyle Busch1Terry Labonte2 Chase Elliott1 Tony Stewart2 Wally Dallenbach Jr2
A total of 77 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished inside the top-five at Watkins Glen.NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Watkins Glen with 12.Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. leads all active drivers in top-five finishes at Watkins Glen with six each.
Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Watkins Glen (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversTop FivesRankActive DriversTop Fives1Mark Martin121Kyle Busch72Ricky Rudd8 Martin Truex Jr7Tony Stewart83Denny Hamlin54Robby Gordon74Brad Keselowski4Rusty Wallace75AJ Allmendinger3 Kyle Busch7 Chase Elliott3Martin Truex Jr7 Joey Logano3 Kevin Harvick3 Kurt Busch3
A total of 118 different drivers have finished in the top-10 in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen.Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Watkins Glen with 16 top 10s.Kyle Busch (second all-time) leads all active drivers in top-10 finishes with 13 top 10s.
Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Watkins Glen (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversTop 10sRankActive DriversTop 10s1Mark Martin161Kyle Busch132Kyle Busch132Kevin Harvick113Kevin Harvick113Kurt Busch10 Tony Stewart11 Martin Truex Jr105Kurt Busch105Denny Hamlin8 Martin Truex Jr10 Ricky Rudd10 Rusty Wallace10
Buck Baker leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Watkins Glen with a 2.500 in two starts.Erik Jones leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in average finishing position at Watkins Glen with a 6.333 in three starts.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Watkins Glen (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg FinishRacesRankActive DriversAvg FinishRaces1Buck Baker2.50021Chase Elliott6.00052Tiny Lund4.00022Kyle Busch9.125163Walt Hansgen4.50023AJ Allmendinger9.900104Ned Jarrett5.00024Martin Truex Jr10.133155Tim Richmond5.50025Erik Jones11.50046Scott Pruett5.80056Ryan Blaney11.60057Chase Elliott6.00057William Byron11.66738Marcos Ambrose6.14378Kyle Larson11.85779Buddy Baker8.00029Kevin Harvick12.7002010Carl Edwards8.9171210Brad Keselowski13.36411
A total of 91 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have led at least one lap at Watkins Glen International.NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Watkins Glen with 262 laps led in 24 starts.Kyle Busch leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Watkins Glen among active drivers with 247 in 16 starts.The most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International by the race winner was 83 laps by Tony Stewart on August 14, 2005 — the race was scheduled for 90 laps but went to overtime and finished at 92 laps — Stewart led 90.2% of the event. He started from the pole position.The most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International by a driver that did not win the race was 54 laps led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt on August 11, 1996 — he ultimately finished sixth in the event after starting from the pole.
Top 10 All-Time Lap Leaders at Watkins Glen International
RankAll-Time DriversLedCompleted% LedRankActive DriversLedCompleted% Led1Jeff Gordon2622,07513%1Kyle Busch2471,42317%2Kyle Busch2471,42317%2Chase Elliott14145031%3Tony Stewart2251,41016%3Brad Keselowski12398413%4Mark Martin2061,94111%4Martin Truex Jr691,3525%5Chase Elliott14145031%5Kurt Busch671,7004%6Rusty Wallace1401,6179%6Kevin Harvick661,7694%7Dale Earnhardt1341,31010%7AJ Allmendinger589026%8Brad Keselowski12398413%8Kyle Larson336295%9Marcos Ambrose11762619%9Joey Logano209722%10Geoff Bodine1011,2798%10Denny Hamlin181,2721%
TRACK / EVENT SPECIFIC STATS
Margin of Victory:
Since the advent of electronic scoring (in 1993) the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen International was the 2001 race won by Jeff Gordon over Jeff Burton with a margin of victory of 0.172 second.The 2018 NASCAR Cup Series race was largest margin of victory in track history with Chase Elliott beating Martin Truex Jr. to the finish line by 7.560 seconds.
Top Five Closest Margins of Victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen:
RankMargin of VictoryDateWinnerRunner-Up10.172Sunday, August 12, 2001Jeff GordonJeff Burton20.384Sunday, August 13, 2000Steve ParkMark Martin30.414Sunday, August 6, 2017Martin Truex Jr.Matt Kenseth40.440Sunday, August 11, 1996Geoff BodineTerry Labonte50.486Sunday, August 11, 2013Brad KeselowskiKyle Busch
There have been two NASCAR Cup Series races resulting with NASCAR Overtime at Watkins Glen:DateScheduled LapsActual LapsOvertime LapsWinnersMonday, August 15, 201190922Marcos AmbroseSunday, August 14, 200590922Tony Stewart
Postponement / Delays / Cancellations:
Only one of the 38 NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International has been shortened due to weather conditions – the 1992 race — only 51 of the scheduled 90 laps were completed. The race was won by Kyle Petty driving a Pontiac for car owner Felix Sabates. Petty led 19 of 51 laps.The August 14, 2011 race was the only NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen that has been postponed to another date due to weather (August 15, 2011).The 2020 Watkins Glen NASCAR Cup Series race rescheduled to another track due to New York state‘s pandemic restrictions at the time.Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen International six times: 1965, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.Qualifying was cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The starting lineups will be set by Metric Qualifying.
Danica Patrick and Patty Moise are the only two female NASCAR Cup Series drivers to compete at Watkins Glen International.DriverStarting PositionFinishing PositionDateDanica Patrick25228/6/2017Danica Patrick31218/7/2016Danica Patrick22178/9/2015Danica Patrick43218/10/2014Danica Patrick35208/11/2013Averages31.220.2 DriverStarting PositionFinishing PositionDatePatty Moise33308/14/1988Patty Moise30338/10/1987Averages31.531.5
NASCAR IN NEW YORK
There has been a total of 109 NASCAR national series races among 15 different tracks held in the state of New York.The first NASCAR Cup Series race held in the state of New York was at Hamburg Speedway in Hamburg, New York on September 18, 1949. The race was won by Jack White. Hamburg Speedway is a half-mile dirt track.
NASCAR Tracks in New York
Track NameCityCupXfinityTruckCombinedYearsWatkins Glen InternationalWatkins Glen38276711957Monroe County FairgroundsRochester80081950Islip SpeedwayIslip60061964Bridgehampton Race CircuitBridgehampton40041958Fonda SpeedwayFonda40041955New York State FairgroundsSyracuse30031955Albany Saratoga SpeedwayMalta20021970Altamont-Schenectady FairgroundsAltamont20021951Hamburg SpeedwayHamburg20021949Vernon FairgroundsVernon20021950Airborne SpeedwayPlattsburgh10011955Buffalo Civic StadiumBuffalo10011958Montgomery Air BaseMontgomery10011960State Line SpeedwayBusti10011958Wine Creek Race TrackOwego10011952Totals76276109
NEW YORK IN NASCAR
A total of 195 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as New York.15 of the 195 have posted at least one victory in NASCAR‘s national series.Only two of the New York natives have won at Watkins Glen International in the NASCAR Cup Series — Geoff Bodine (1996) and Steve Park (2000).DriverCupXfinityTruckCombinedGeoff Bodine186024Jim Reed7007Al Keller2002Steve Park2316Brett Bodine1506Jim Hurtubise1001Lloyd Moore1001Bill Rexford1001Greg Sacks1102Regan Smith1607Jack White1001Todd Bodine0152237Mike McLaughlin0606Christian Eckes0011Donny Lia0011Totals364225103
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