Together with Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking trophies in the last two Cup Series races, the third member of this”Big 3,” Martin Truex Jr., may feel his time to win is this weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI).
Truex is the defending winner in Watkins Glen and contains top-10 finishes in his last two races there, and seven top 10s in 12 total starts on the street program. Problem is, no current driver has ever accomplished a repeat win at The Glen. Marcos Ambrose, who returned to race in his native Australia, is the final to win races here in 2011-12.
Harvick kyle Busch and Truex are the three favorites to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November but also Sunday to win.
Maybe nobody gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s street course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, that hit his playoff ticket in 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 job of completing every lap (812) of each race he has competed in there.
Distance: 220.5 kilometers (90 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20), Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Final Phase (Ends on Lap 90).
Watkins Glen, located in upstate New York, is a 7-turn, 2.45-mile street route that recently got a repave. While the road-course is similar to Sonoma Raceway, it’s relatively flat with fewer twists, making it a faster route than its California sister.
2017: Martin Truex Jr..
2016: Denny Hamlin
2015: Joey Logano
2014: AJ Allmendinger
2013: Kyle Busch
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