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DATE: Sunday, August 14th
SITE: Watkins Glen International (1956) -- Watkins Glen, New York
TRACK: 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course
CAPACITY: 41,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 29th
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 1:19 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Juan Pablo Montoya
RUNNER-UP: Kurt Busch
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 5th)
LAPS: 90
MILES: 220.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jeff Gordon, 2003 (124.580 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1995 (103.300 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $4,934,858 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $234,648; 2nd Place - $178,373; 3rd Place - $174,656
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Juan Pablo Montoya36Jamie McMurray2
2Kurt Busch57Tony Stewart6
3Marcos Ambrose118Kyle Busch10
4AJ Allmendinger49Jeff Burton22
5Carl Edwards110Jeff Gordon16
2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 91.960 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 23 minutes, 52 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.735 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 13 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (124.432 m.p.h.)
Past Heluva Good! at The Glen Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 91.960 m.p.h.
2009 -- Tony Stewart (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 90.297 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Toyota -- 97.148 m.p.h.
2007 -- Tony Stewart (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 77.535 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 76.718 m.p.h.
2005 -- Tony Stewart (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 86.804 m.p.h.
2004 -- Tony Stewart (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 92.249 m.p.h.
2003 -- Robby Gordon (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 90.441 m.p.h.
2002 -- Tony Stewart (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 82.208 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 89.081 m.p.h.
2000 -- Steve Park (18th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.336 m.p.h.
1999 -- Jeff Gordon (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 87.722 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 94.466 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.294 m.p.h.
1996 -- Geoff Bodine (13th) -- Ford -- 92.334 m.p.h.
1995 -- Mark Martin (1st) -- Ford -- 103.030 m.p.h. (race record)
1994 -- Mark Martin (1st) -- Ford -- 93.752 m.p.h.
1993 -- Mark Martin (1st) -- Ford -- 84.771 m.p.h.
1992 -- Kyle Petty (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 88.980 m.p.h.
1991 -- Ernie Irvan (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 98.977 m.p.h.
1990 -- Ricky Rudd (12th) -- Chevrolet -- 92.452 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (13th) -- Pontiac -- 87.242 m.p.h.
1988 -- Ricky Rudd (6th) -- Buick -- 74.096 m.p.h.
1987 -- Rusty Wallace (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 90.682 m.p.h.
1986 -- Tim Richmond (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 90.463 m.p.h.
1985 -- Not Held
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- Not Held
1982 -- Not Held
1981 -- Not Held
1980 -- Not Held
1979 -- Not Held
1978 -- Not Held
1977 -- Not Held
1976 -- Not Held
1975 -- Not Held
1974 -- Not Held
1973 -- Not Held
1972 -- Not Held
1971 -- Not Held
1970 -- Not Held
1969 -- Not Held
1968 -- Not Held
1967 -- Not Held
1966 -- Not Held
1965 -- Marvin Panch (1st) -- Ford -- 98.182 m.p.h.
1964 -- Billy Wade (1st) -- Mercury -- 97.988 m.p.h.
1963 -- Not Held
1962 -- Not Held
1961 -- Not Held
1960 -- Not Held
1959 -- Not Held
1958 -- Not Held
1957 -- Buck Baker (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 87.007 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called The Glen 101.2 (1957), The Glen 151.8 (1964-65), Bud at
the Glen (1986-98), Frontier at the Glen (1999), Global Crossing at the
Glen (2000-01), Sirius Satellite at the Glen (2002), Sirius Satellite
Radio at the Glen (2003-05), AMD at the Glen (2006), Centurion Boats at
the Glen (2007-08).
 
Past Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Carl Edwards -- 5th
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 12th
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- None -- Weather
2006 -- Kurt Busch -- 19th
2005 -- None -- Weather
2004 -- None -- Weather
2003 -- Jeff Gordon -- 33rd
2002 -- Ricky Rudd -- 5th
2001 -- Dale Jarrett -- 31st
2000 -- None -- Weather
1999 -- Rusty Wallace -- 3rd
1998 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
1997 -- Todd Bodine -- 35th
1996 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 6th
1995 -- Mark Martin -- 1st
1994 -- Mark Martin -- 1st
1993 -- Mark Martin -- 1st
1992 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 9th
1991 -- Terry Labonte -- 34th
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 7th
1989 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 6th
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 32nd
1987 -- Terry Labonte -- 2nd
1986 -- Tim Richmond -- 1st
1985 -- Not Held
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- Not Held
1982 -- Not Held
1981 -- Not Held
1980 -- Not Held
1979 -- Not Held
1978 -- Not Held
1977 -- Not Held
1976 -- Not Held
1975 -- Not Held
1974 -- Not Held
1973 -- Not Held
1972 -- Not Held
1971 -- Not Held
1970 -- Not Held
1969 -- Not Held
1968 -- Not Held
1967 -- Not Held
1966 -- Not Held
1965 -- None -- Weather
1964 -- Billy Wade -- 1st
1963 -- Not Held
1962 -- Not Held
1961 -- Not Held
1960 -- Not Held
1959 -- Not Held
1958 -- Not Held
1957 -- Buddy Baker -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Good Sam RV Insurance 500 (August 7th)
SITE: Pocono Raceway -- Long Pond, Pennsylvania
MILES: 500
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Kurt Busch
FOURTH: Jimmie Johnson
FIFTH: Ryan Newman
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (Finished 26th)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 37 minutes, 35 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 137.878 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.791 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 21 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 23 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Logano 1-14; C. Mears 15; J. Logano 16; Kurt Busch 17-24; D.
Hamlin 25-38; Kurt Busch 39; C. Edwards 40-41; L. Cassill 42; D.
Hamlin 43-64; J. Logano 65; D. Hamlin 66-81; Kyle Busch 82-87; R.
Newman 88; D. Hamlin 89-101; J. Logano 102-128; B. Keselowski
129-131; Kurt Busch 132-151; J. Logano 152; L. Cassill 153; Kurt
Busch 154-162; Kyle Busch 163-173; G. Biffle 174; Kyle Busch
175-184; B. Keselowski 185-200.
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Valvoline Nextgen
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/DuPont
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Pitts. Paint
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Andrew Ranger (Roxton Pond, Canada)Ford/Bully Hill Vineyards
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
35Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
36Ron Fellows (Mississauga, Ontario)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
37Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/TBA
38Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
42 *Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46Brian Simo (Carlsbad, CA)Ford/Red Line
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/TBA
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Green Smoke
51Boris Said (Carlsbad, CA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/HP Racing
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Interstate Moving Services
77P.J. Jones (Torrance, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Scotts Ortho
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------39th4th6thWon
Kurt Busch41st12th10th39th19th11th10th7th2nd
Marcos Ambrose------------------3rd2nd3rd
AJ Allmendinger------------------11th13th4th
Carl Edwards---------19th5th8th9th3rd5th
Jamie McMurray---22nd13th13th3rd34th16th40th6th
Tony StewartWon11thWonWon2ndWon2ndWon7th
Kyle Busch---------33rd9th7thWon4th8th
Jeff Burton7th31st12th43rd11th40th17th38th9th
Jeff Gordon22nd33rd21st14th13th9th29th37th10th
Kevin Harvick14th5th6th15thWon36th6th35th11th
Ryan Newman2nd9th26th30th8th13th26th21st12th
Matt Kenseth33rd8th9th18th21st12th12th14th13th
Martin Truex Jr------------28th6th5th28th15th
Kasey Kahne------14th17th22nd26th14th17th17th
Mark Martin10th10th3rd7th20th------23rd19th
Brad Keselowski------------------------20th
David Reutimann------------------33rd25th23rd
Greg Biffle---30th35th38th38th10th21st5th24th
Dale Earnhardt Jr35th3rd5th10th18th42nd22nd39th26th
Jimmie Johnson16th4th40th5th17th3rd7th12th28th
Clint Bowyer------------14th16th23rd9th32nd
Joey Logano------------------7th16th33rd
Robby Gordon3rdWon16th2nd4th5th27th18th36th
Denny Hamlin------------10th2nd8th10th37th
 
Mover of the Week
Jeff Gordon - Started in the 31st position and finished 6th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jeff Gordon
Darkhorse - Clint Bowyer
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kevin Harvick) - Finished 14th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Martin Truex Jr) - Finished 12th
 
NOTES:
It was a long-time coming, but Juan Pablo Montoya finally got back in victory lane in the Sprint Cup Series. Montoya claimed his second victory in the series with a dominating performance in last year's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at Watkins Glen International.

The 34-year-old Colombian led 74 of 90 laps around the 2.45-mile road course and easily beat Kurt Busch at the finish by 4.7 seconds to snap a 113-race winless streak in NASCAR's top-tier series. His first win came in June 2007 at the road course in Sonoma, CA.

Montoya has had limited success this season, posting just six top-10 finishes in 21 starts. He's had only two top-10s in the last 15 races.

Renaming this event the Tony Stewart at the Glen would not be a big stretch, since he's captured this race five times in the last nine years. In fact, Stewart had either finished first or second six straight years prior to 2010 when he placed seventh.

With thundershowers wreaking havoc, the 2009 race at Watkins Glen was delayed one day, but that didn't slow down Stewart, as he conserved enough fuel and easily held off Marcos Ambrose in the closing laps to become the road course king at this track. Ambrose, who's finished third and second the past two years, had won the Nationwide Series race two days prior.

Stewart, who started 13th, led twice for a race-high 34 laps, as he posted his 36th career Sprint Cup title by 2.969 seconds. In 12 races at Watkins Glen, Stewart has 10 top-10 finishes along with his five wins.

Kyle Busch finished 33rd in 2005, but had improved his position in this race each season, including winning in 2008. The win was the 12th of his 22 career titles, as he defeated Stewart by 2.275 seconds. Busch started on the pole due to his points lead, as qualifying was rained out, led four times for a race- high 52 laps. Busch regained the lead on lap 65 and held on the final 36 circuits. Ambrose made the biggest move during race day, as he started 43rd and placed third.

In 2006, Kevin Harvick won for the seventh time in his career, as he clipped Stewart at the finish line. Harvick, who reclaimed the lead on lap 87 of the 90-lap event, took the checkered flag, 0.892 of a second ahead of Stewart. Harvick, who started in the seventh spot on the grid, led twice for a total of 28 laps, while pole sitter Kurt Busch, who placed 19th, led for a race-high 38 laps. Harvick now boasts 17 Sprint Cup titles.

Watkins Glen International has hosted this race since 1986. Watkins Glen hosted its first NASCAR race in August 1957, the sixth road-course event for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It was a 101.2-mile, 44-lap contest for a field of 20. Veteran Buck Baker won the pole with a speed of 87.064 m.p.h. The Glen can be considered the superspeedway of all road courses. It features long straightaways, corners with a lot of banking and its configuration allows the drivers to attain high speeds. A driver also has plenty of opportunities to pass.

Although Stewart has dominated this race in recent years, Jeff Gordon is no slouch either, with four wins at Watkins Glen and nine overall road-course victories. The duo have combined to win nine of the last 14 at Watkins Glen. Gordon has nine top-10 finishes in 19 attempts at Watkins Glen.

The pole sitter has done fairly well at Watkins Glen, winning nine of the 28 races. In fact, the top-three positions have recorded 16 victories. Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt and Gordon are all three-time pole winners. Steve Park's win in 2000 was the closest in race history, as he edged Mark Martin by 0.384 seconds. 19 of the 28 races have been won from a top-10 position.

There are five racetracks on the current Sprint Cup Series schedule that Jimmie Johnson has yet to win: Watkins Glen: 0-for-9 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007, Michigan: 0-for-18 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007, Homestead: 0-for-10 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004 & 11/2010, Chicagoland: 0-for-9 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008. Johnson finished third in the inaugural race at Kentucky in July.

Adam Richman from the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food Nation" will serve as Grand Marshal at Watkins Glen.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the August 21st running of the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner.

08/09 15:09:13 ET

As of August 9, 2011, at 03:09 PM ET