With Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking trophies from the past two Cup Series races, the third member of this»Big 3,» Martin Truex Jr., will feel his time to triumph is this weekend in Watkins Glen International (WGI).
Truex is the defending winner in Watkins Glen and contains top-10 finishes in his past two races there, and seven top 10s in 12 total begins on the street program. Problem is, no driver has ever accomplished a repeat win at The Glen. Marcos Ambrose, who returned in his native Australia to race, is the final to win back-to-back races here in 2011-12.
Truex, Harvick and kyle Busch would be the three favorites not only Sunday to win but also to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November.
Perhaps no one gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s street course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, who hit his playoff ticket in the street in 2014. This week allmendinger opened at 25/1 chances to take the checkers.
Allmendinger includes six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has accomplished the remarkable job of finishing every lap (812) of every race he’s competed in there.
Distance: 220.5 miles (90 Laps); Period 1 (Ends on Lap 20), Phase 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 road course that recently underwent 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