With Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking decorations in the past two Cup Series races, the third member of the”Big 3,” Martin Truex Jr., may feel his period to triumph is this weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI).
Truex is the defending winner at Watkins Glen and contains top-10 finishes in his last two races there, and seven top 10s in 12 total begins on the road program. Problem is, no current driver has ever accomplished a repeat win in The Glen. Marcos Ambrose, who returned in his native Australia, is the final to win back races here in 2011-12.
Harvick, kyle Busch and Truex would be the 3 favorites not just Sunday to win but also to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November.
Perhaps no one gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s road course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, that punched his playoff ticket at the track in 2014. Allmendinger started at 25/1 odds to take the checkers this past week.
Allmendinger has six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has achieved the impressive task of finishing every lap (812) of every race he has competed in there.
Distance: 220.5 miles (90 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20), Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Closing Stage (Ends on Lap 90).
Watkins Glen, located in upstate New York, is a 7-turn, 2.45-mile street route that recently underwent a repave. Though the road-course is similar to Sonoma Raceway, it is relatively flat with fewer turns, which makes it a faster route than its California sister.
2017: Martin Truex Jr..
2016: Denny Hamlin
2015: Joey Logano
2014: AJ Allmendinger
2013: Kyle Busch