Together with Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking decorations from 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 past two races and seven top 10s in 12 total starts on the road program. Problem is, no driver has accomplished a repeat win in The Glen. Marcos Ambrose, who returned in his native Australia, is the final to win back races in 2011-12.
Truex, Harvick and kyle Busch would be the three favorites Sunday to win but also to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November.
Maybe nobody gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s street course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, who hit his playoff ticket at the street in 2014. This week allmendinger started at 25/1 chances to take the checkers.
Allmendinger has six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has achieved the impressive job of finishing every lap (812) of each race he has competed in there.
Distance: 220.5 miles (90 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20), Phase 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Final Stage (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. Though the road-course is similar to Sonoma Raceway, it is relatively flat with fewer twists, making it a faster course than its California sister.
2017: Martin Truex Jr..
2016: Denny Hamlin
2015: Joey Logano
2014: AJ Allmendinger
2013: Kyle Busch
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