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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Watkins Glen Race Info

THE RACE: I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen
TRACK: Watkins Glen International
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #22 of 36

Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017 in Watkins Glen, NY
Title Sponsor: New York State Tourism
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:18 pm/et

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: at 12:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 3:00pm/et

Practices:
Saturday, August 5, 10:00 - 10:55 am/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, August 5, 12:30 - 1:20 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

Qualifying for positions 1-40, SUNDAY, August 6 at 12:05 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: none

In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, August 7 at 12:00 pm/et on NBCSN;

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (MRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

NBC Sports - Live
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Friday, August 4
7:00 PM 9:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Saturday, August 5
7:30 AM-5:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM-10:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
12:30 PM-1:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, August 6
8:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:05 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
1:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
2:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM MENCS RACE (90 LAPS, 220.5 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Watkins Glen International Track News, Stats & Links page


2016: see the Watkins Glen Race Info page

Track Specifications:
a 2.45-mile paved road course.
90 laps, 220.5 miles (355 k)
It has 7 turns with a variety of banking in turns ranging from 6 degrees to 10 degrees.
The length of the front stretch is 2,141 feet and the length of the backstretch is 1,839 feet.
Watkins Glen International has hosted the race since 1986.
Grandstand seating capacity: 38,900
Opened: 1956
Repaved: in 1971, 1999 and 2015

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Howard Zemsky, CEO, NY State Department of Economic Development
Command to start engines: Howard Zemsky
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: New York State Police Troop E, Zone 3
Invocation: Reverend David Fife, Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church
National Anthem: Lou Gramm
Flyover: C-17 from 105 AW, Stewart ANG NY

Sunday Watkins Glen Notebook: For rookie Daniel Suárez, top-10 runs are becoming routine; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch go another round at The Glen; Earnhardt makes early exit in final trip around Watkins Glen.[More](8-6-2017)

Saturday Watkins Glen Notebook: Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs more speed to be a contender; As a free agent, Kurt Busch says he has more options; Jimmie Johnson expects Kyle Busch to complete track bucket list; Steph Curry's performance - in golf - impresses Denny Hamlin.[More](8-5-2017)

Friday Watkins Glen Notebook: Joey Logano hopes to take advantage of favorable schedule; Brendan Gaughan set to enjoy his favorite month of racing; Short strokes.[More](8-4-2017)

What to watch for: Watkins Glen: Will 1 Start a Win Streak for Kyle Busch? Who Can Steal a Playoff Berth at Watkins Glen? Hendrick 1 Win Away From 250. Johnson In Midst of Slump. Harvick Goes for Road Course Sweep.[More](8-3-2017)

Watkins Glen Weekend Preview: Allmendinger attempts to clinch playoff spot at Watkins Glen; Custer hopes to continue recent success at The Glen.[More](-2017)

A look at many new, notes and story lines for the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Watkins Glen

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Watkins Glen, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Watkins Glen page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Truex wins the strategy game, grabs first victory at Watkins Glen: At a track where his father raced, and a track where he was a "garage rat" as a child, Martin Truex Jr. won Sunday's I Love New York 355 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race by slowing down over the closing laps. Truex let Brad Keselowski pass him for the lead on Lap 77 of 90. On instructions from crew chief Cole Pearn, Truex also let Ryan Blaney past his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota on Lap 83.[More](8-6-2017)

Martin Truex, Jr. won the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International for his 4th win of 2017, 1st win at Watkins Glen, and 11th career win.
The race came down to fuel mileage, with most drivers pitting with 36 laps to go and many trying to stretch it. #21-Blaney led with 3 to go before running out of gas.
#20-Kenseth finished 2nd then #19-Suarez, #11-Hamlin, #14-Bowyer, #41-Busch, #18-Busch,#21-Blaney, #47-Allmendinger, and #77-Jones.
Pole sitter #18-Busch won the first stage, but made contact with #2-Keselowski midway through the race and spun out. He had to pit, putting him off sequence from the leaders, and could not get back to the lead.
#19-Suarez won the second stage.
#78-Truex Jr's. driver points lead increases to 116 points over #18-Busch.
There were 9 lead changes among 6 drivers and 3 cautions for 8 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 104.132mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Race Fast Facts - Watkins Glen
Martin Truex Jr. won the 32nd Annual I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen, his 11th victory in 427 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 12 races at Watkins Glen International.
Matt Kenseth (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 18 races at Watkins Glen International. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2017.
Daniel Suarez (third) posted his career-best Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finish.
Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 116 points over Kyle Busch.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-6-2017)

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr [4], 881
2) #18-Kyle Busch [1], 765, -116
3) #42-Kyle Larson [2 wins], 759, -122
4) #4-Kevin Harvick [1], 746, -135
5) #11-Denny Hamlin [1], 687, -194
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs:
[after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36, 4 more races until the playoffs]
drivers with at least one win
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 4 wins
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins
3) #42-Kyle Larson, 2 wins
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2 wins
5) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2 wins
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 1 win
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win
8) #21-Ryan Blaney, 1 wins
9) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win
10) #31-Ryan Newman, 1 win
11) #5-Kasey Kahne, 1 win
12) #3-Austin Dillon, 1 win
13) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win
currently in on points
14) #24-Chase Elliott, 648, +39 ahead of 17th
15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 643, +34
16) #20-Matt Kenseth, 637, +28
currently outside the playoffs
17) #14-Clint Bowyer, 609, -28 behind 16th
18) #22-Joey Logano, [1 win but can't be used for playoffs], 542, -95
19) #19-Daniel Suarez, 508, -129

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 40) of the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International (lap 40/90):
#19-Suarez, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex, Jr., 9pts
#20-Kenseth, 8pts
#21-Blaney, 7pts
#77-Jones, 6pts
#11-Hamlin, 5pts
#2-Keselowski, 4pts
#41-Busch, 3pts
#18-Busch, 2pts
#47-Allmendinger, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 20) of the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International (lap 20/90):
#18-Busch, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex Jr., 9pts
#24-Elliott, 8pts
#42-Larson, 7pts
#2-Keselowski, 6pts
#1-McMurray, 5pts
#22-Logano, 4pts
#47-Allmendinger, 3pts
#5-Kahne, 2pts
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. 1pt

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #14-Boywer, 5th
Caution 2: #33-Said, 30th
Caution 3: #72-Whitt, 34th
(8-6-2017)

Watkins Glen Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
2:58pm: Canadian National Anthem by: Doug Allen
3:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: New York State Police Troop E, Zone 3
3:00pm: Invocation by: Reverend David Fife, Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church
3:01pm: National Anthem by: Lou Gramm
3:02pm: Flyover TOT by: C-17 from 105 AW, Stewart ANG NY
3:07pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Howard Zemsky, CEO, NY State Department of Economic Development
3:18pm: Green Flag - I Love NEW YORK 355 at The Glen (90 Laps, 220.5 miles)

See the starting lineup for the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the back: #33-Said (unapproved adjustments), #32-DiBenedetto, #27-Menard (unapproved adjustments), #11-Hamlin (unapproved adjustments), #14-Bowyer (unapproved adjustments), #31-Newman (unapproved adjustments), #15-Kultt (unapproved adjustments)

NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (12,24,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Due to Sunday qualifying, pit stall were chosen based on Pocono qualifying.
Pocono Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter at Pocono, #78-Truex, Jr. took pit stall 25, with an opening in front of it.
#1-McMurray, who qualified 3rd at Pocono, took the 7th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who qualified 14th at Pocono..
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-30-2017)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Pitstalls
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International with speed of 126.925mph for his 6th pole of 2017, 2nd at Watkins Glen and 25th of his career. Busch has won 5 times from the 24 previous poles, including last weekend at Pocono.
#42-Larson will start 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #24-Elliott, #19-Suarez, #77-Jones, #47-Allmendinger, #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray, #48-Johnson, #11-Hamlin, and #14-Bowyer
#24-Elliott was fastest in the first round with a speed of 126.076mph, will start 4th
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 37 were entered.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(8-6-2017)

Watkins Glen International - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 32nd Annual I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen with a lap of 69.490 seconds, 126.925 mph.
This is his 25th pole in 448 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his sixth pole and 19th top-10 start in 2017. It is his third consecutive pole.
This is his second pole in 13 races at Watkins Glen International.
Kyle Larson (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2017 and his third in four races at Watkins Glen International.
Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his 18th in 22 races this season.
Daniel Suarez (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(8-6-2017)

First Round of Qualifying for the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over, after 25 scheduled minutes.
#24-Elliott 126.076
#78-Truex, Jr. 125.991
#1-McMurray 125.926
#19-Suarez 125.477
#18-Busch 125.434
the rest of the top 12: 2 42 11 77 14 48 47;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to the final round: 95 20 21 37 41 4 22 27 5 17 31 13 10 72 3 43 88 6 38 34 83 15 33 23 32
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 37 entered
(8-6-2017)

Coverage of Qualifying for the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for SUNDAY, August 6, 2017 at 12:05pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 12:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

Qualifying Order for the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #43-Almirola.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #41-Busch.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(8-5-2017)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#2-Keselowski 125.880
#41-Busch 125.862
#1-McMurray 125.598
#14-Bowyer 125.387
#11-Hamlin 125.281
slowest: #33-Said 119.739
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 4 drivers): #11-Hamlin 123.825mph
notes: #33-Said got off course at the bus stop and ran through the grass, tearing up the front of the car. The team will try to repair the car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (8-5-2017)

Saturday 1st practice for the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#18-Busch 125.516
#78-Truex 124.797
#11-Hamlin 124.546
#1-McMurray 124.525
#77- Jones 124.467
slowest: #15-Klutt 119.268 & #23-Lajoie 118.998
most laps run: #34-Cassill, 19; #13-Dillon, 17
#34-Cassill was the only driver to run 10 consecutive laps during this practice.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(8-5-2017)

Entry List for the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is posted, 37 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. #83-Moffitt is the only Open team entered.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Klutt, #23-LaJoie, #33-Said, #83-Moffitt.
Since only 37 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 5 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

Tire Code: D-4716 (same on all four tire positions)

Tire Circumference: 88.23 in. (2,241 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
Right Front -- 24 psi; Right Rear -- 21 psi

Storyline - Not All Road Courses Are Built the Same: While Watkins Glen International and Sonoma Raceway are both road courses on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup schedule, they bare little else in common. Watkins Glen is more of a high speed course, while Sonoma is more slow speed and technical. In addition to that, Watkins Glen was just repaved before the 2016 race there, and the fresh asphalt provides a lot of grip. In Goodyear's world, grip leads to speed, and speed leads to heat. The selection of a race tire recommendation needs to account for that.

"While Sonoma is at the very softest end of the scale of compounds that we bring to the track, Watkins Glen is a little more stout, while still being among the softest one-third of our NASCAR compounds," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "Comparing the two courses, Sonoma has more slow speed sections where you have to get back hard on the throttle coming off the corner. Watkins Glen, on the other hand, is very fast with more sustained speeds and requires a different tire set-up that emphasizes more heat resistant compounds. The relatively new track surface adds to that as well by providing a lot of grip itself."

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4716) on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen . . . this is the first time these teams have run this tire code, and this is the only track at which NASCAR teams will run it . . . compared to what was run at Watkins Glen last year, this tire features a compound change to give the cars more grip . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.

Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring its wet weather radials (D-4215) to Watkins Glen for use by both Cup and Xfinity Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . Cup teams did not have to use the wet weather tires earlier this season at Sonoma . . . Xfinity teams last ran this wet weather tire code at Mid-Ohio last season.


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Watkins Glen Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race