NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen Preview

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DATE: Sunday, August 12th
SITE: Watkins Glen International (1956) -- Watkins Glen, New York
TRACK: 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course
CAPACITY: 33,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 30th
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Marcos Ambrose
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 3rd)
LAPS: 90
MILES: 220.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2011 (126.421 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1995 (103.300 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $4,784,935 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $217,741; 2nd Place - $178,158; 3rd Place - $184,541
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Marcos Ambrose36Kevin Harvick23
2Brad Keselowski127Juan Pablo Montoya5
3Kyle Busch18A.J. Allmendinger2
4Martin Truex Jr.99Jeff Burton40
5Joey Logano1310Jimmie Johnson4
2011 Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 99.417 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 16 minutes, 2 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 14 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (126.421 m.p.h.)
Past Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Marcos Ambrose (3rd) -- Ford -- 99.417 m.p.h.
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), Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen (2009-11).
 
Past Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Kyle Busch -- 3rd
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: Pennsylvania 400 (August 5th)
SITE: Pocono Raceway -- Long Pond, Pennsylvania
MILES: 245 (rain-shortened)
LAPS: 98
WINNER: Jeff Gordon
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
THIRD: Martin Truex Jr.
FOURTH: Brad Keselowski
FIFTH: Tony Stewart
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (Finished 20th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 45 minutes, 34 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 139.249 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 14 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Montoya 1-7; D. Hamlin 8-10; D. Earnhardt Jr. 11-20; J.
McMurray 21-23; B. Keselowski 24-31; D. Earnhardt Jr. 32-38; J.
Johnson 39-46; M. Kenseth 47; K. Kahne 48; Kurt Busch 49-51; J.
Johnson 52-75; M. Kenseth 76-78; J. Johnson 79-90; J. Gordon
91-98.
Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
9 *Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Ford EcoBoost
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Humphrey Smith Racing
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Rheem
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30Patrick Long (Oak Park, CA)Toyota/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Boris Said (Carlsbad, CA)Chevrolet/hendrickcars.com
33Stephen Leicht (Asheville, NC)Chevrolet/littlejoesauto.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Scorpion Truck Bed Liners
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Mod Space
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Miller Welders Freight
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Cortez Silver
49Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Toyota/America Israel Racing
51Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/My Classic Garage
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Toyota/Burger King
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Genny Light
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mt. Dew/Nat Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Leavine Family Racing
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Marcos Ambrose---------------3rd2nd3rdWon
Brad Keselowski---------------------20th2nd
Kyle Busch------33rd9th7thWon4th8th3rd
Martin Truex Jr---------28th6th5th28th15th4th
Joey Logano---------------7th16th33rd5th
Kevin Harvick5th6th15thWon36th6th35th11th6th
Juan Pablo Montoya------------39th4th6thWon7th
Jeff Burton31st12th43rd11th40th17th38th9th9th
Jimmie Johnson4th40th5th17th3rd7th12th28th10th
Clint Bowyer---------14th16th23rd9th32nd11th
Carl Edwards------19th5th8th9th3rd5th12th
Jeff Gordon33rd21st14th13th9th29th37th10th13th
Matt Kenseth8th9th18th21st12th12th14th13th14th
Dale Earnhardt Jr3rd5th10th18th42nd22nd39th26th15th
Ryan Newman9th26th30th8th13th26th21st12th16th
Jamie McMurray22nd13th13th3rd34th16th40th6th17th
Brian Vickers---30th8th16th41st18th11th---18th
Kasey Kahne---14th17th22nd26th14th17th17th26th
Tony Stewart11thWonWon2ndWon2ndWon7th27th
David Reutimann---------------33rd25th23rd29th
Greg Biffle30th35th38th38th10th21st5th24th31st
Paul Menard---------29th19th28th19th16th32nd
Denny Hamlin---------10th2nd8th10th37th36th
Kurt Busch12th10th39th19th11th10th7th2nd38th
 
Mover of the Week
Jeff Gordon - Started in the 27th position and finished 1st
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Darkhorse - Kurt Busch
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) - Finished 32nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Paul Menard) - Finished 11th
 
NOTES:
The Sprint Cup Series runs its second and final road course race of the season this weekend at Watkins Glen International. Clint Bowyer won the season's first road course event in June at Sonoma, Calif.

Marcos Ambrose became a first-time Sprint Cup race winner one year ago when he took the checkered flag at Watkins Glen. The event was delayed one day due to rain. Ambrose passed Brad Keselowski for the lead during a green-white- checkered finish and then held it for his maiden victory in his 105th start in NASCAR's top series. He won three Nationwide races in a row at this track from 2008-10.

Last year's race ended under caution after a horrifying multi-car crash involving David Reutimann, David Ragan and road-course expert Boris Said in turn two on the final lap. Reutimann's car slammed hard into the tire barrier and then flipped around. Ragan's car was badly damaged as well after impact.

Ambrose and Steve Park are the only drivers who have claimed their first career Sprint Cup victories at Watkins Glen. Park's win there came in 2000. He ended Jeff Gordon's streak of three straight wins at this racetrack (1997-99).

Mark Martin is the only other driver with three wins in a row at Watkins Glen. Martin started on the pole and won each of those races there from 1993-95. He is not competing in this year's event.

Tony Stewart, the defending series champion, holds the record for most victories at Watkins Glen with five. Stewart's most recent win there came in 2009. Gordon has the second most victories at this track with four. His last win there occurred in 2001.

Gordon currently holds the record with most career laps led at Watkins Glen with 233. Stewart is second on the list with 225 laps.

Nine of the previous 29 Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from the pole position. Kyle Busch last did it there in 2008. Qualifying for the '08 race was canceled due to weather. Busch was awarded the pole based on his team's first ranking in car owner points at the time.

Just eight races at Watkins Glen have been won from a starting position outside the top-10. Park's victory in this event 12 years ago came from the 18th starting spot, which is the furthest back a driver has started and won at this track.

Sprint Cup has been competing at Watkins Glen once each year since 1986. The inaugural race there occurred in 1957, with Buck Baker winning from the pole. The series ran at Watkins Glen again from 1964-65, but this track was not included in the schedule for the next 21 years.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the Aug. 19 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

08/07 14:38:40 ET

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