Sunday, August 4, 2019

PACE LAPS - Go Bowling at the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, New York (August 4, 2019)


Official Event Title: Go Bowling at the Glen
Venue: Watkins Glen International
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #22 of 36
Date: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Green: Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:20pm/et
Laps/Stages: 90 laps total. Stages end on laps: 20/40/90


- Watkins Glen International is a 2.45-mile road course with seven turns with a variety of banking in the turns, ranging from 6 to 10 degrees. The length of the frontstretch is 2,150 feet, and the backstretch is 2,400 feet. The track width varies from 36′ to 48′ wide, and there is an elevation change of 115 feet.

- Since the advent of electronic scoring (in 1993) the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen is the 2001 race won by Jeff Gordon over Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.172 seconds. Last season’s race was the largest margin of victory in track history with Chase Elliott beating Martin Truex Jr. to the finish line by 7.560 seconds.

- There have been two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races resulting with NASCAR Overtime at Watkins Glen.


- After several events were held on the streets of Watkins Glen, a permanent facility was opened in 1956.

- The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International was in 1957, won by Buck Baker (83.064 mph, 08/04/1957).

- After a six-year absence, NASCAR returned to The Glen in 1964 and 1965.

- Then after a 21-year absence, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to The Glen and has run one race a year there since 1986.

- The first Monster Energy 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.

- The famous road course underwent a repave in 2015.

- There have been 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International.
- A total of 280 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International; 170 have competed in more than one.

- Kyle Busch (14 starts) leads the series among active drivers in average starting position at Watkins Glen with a 7.071.

- Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in poles at Watkins Glen with two (2011 and 2017).

- Youngest Watkins Glen pole winner: Kyle Busch (08/15/2011 – 26 years, 3 months, 13 days).

- Oldest Watkins Glen pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (08/13/1989 – 47 years, 10 months, 1 day).

- By: Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining
- Statistics gathered from various sources.

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