Nascar – Watkins Glen International Quick Facts

Track Data
Track Size: 2.45 miles
Race Length: 90 laps/220.5 miles

History
After several events were held on the streets of Watkins Glen, a permanent facility was opened in 1956.
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was in 1957, won by Buck Baker.
After a six-year absence, NASCAR returned to The Glen in 1964 and 1965.
After a 21-year absence, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to The Glen, and has run one race a year there since 1986. This weekend’s race will be the 26th running since its return in 1986.

Interesting Facts
There have been 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International since the first race there in 1957.
Buck Baker won the first pole and race.
Tim Richmond won the first pole and race upon the series’ return in 1986.
There have been 16 different pole winners.
The race winner has started first in nine of 28 races. The last race winner to start from the pole was Kyle Busch in 2008.
Mark Martin leads all drivers with wins from the pole with three in a row between 1993, 1994 and 1995.
18 of the 28 races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-five starting position.
20 of the 28 races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-10 starting position.
The deepest in the field that a Watkins Glen race winner has started was 18th by Steve Park in 2000.
17 different drivers have won races, led by Tony Stewart, with five.
Jeff Gordon set the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup record for road-course victories with his victory in 2001, his seventh on a road course. He has since won two more (both at Infineon Raceway), for a career total of nine.
Three active drivers with more than one start have an average finish in the top 10: Marcos Ambrose (2.6 in three starts), Tony Stewart (5.4 in 12 starts), Carl Edwards (8.1 in six starts), Mark Martin (8.2 in 21 starts) and AJ Allmendinger (9.3 in three starts).

Track Records
Track qualifying record: Jeff Gordon (124.580 mph, 70.798 seconds, 8-8-03)
Track race record: Mark Martin (103.300 mph, 8-13-95)

Driver Rating
Tony Stewart             129.6
Juan P. Montoya      113.5
Marcos Ambrose     113.5
Kyle Busch                 102.1
Kurt Busch                 101.9
Jimmie Johnson     100.0
Denny Hamlin             99.9
Carl Edwards               94.9
AJ Allmendinger       91.9
Kevin Harvick            89.6
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2010 races (6 total) at Watkins Glen.

Top Performers Statistically at Watkins Glen:

AJ Allmendinger (No. 43 Best Buy Ford)
·         One top five, one top 10
·         Average finish of 9.3
·         Average Running Position of 13.8, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.9, ninth-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 118.756 mph, eighth-fastest
Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 Stanley Ford)
·         Three top fives, three top 10s
·         Average finish of 2.7
·         Average Running Position of 10.3, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 113.2, third-best
·         49 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 119.463 mph, second-fastest
Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge)
·         One top five, four top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 18.0
·         Average Running Position of 13.6, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 101.9, fifth-best
·         42 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         255 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 118.939 mph, fourth-fastest
·         392 Laps in the Top 15 (72.3%), third-most
·         142 Quality Passes, third-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
·         One win, two top fives, five top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.3
·         Average Running Position of 13.7, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 102.1, fourth-best
·         32 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         260 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 118.857 mph, sixth-fastest
·         345 Laps in the Top 15 (63.7%), seventh-most
·         123 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Scotts Ortho Ford)
·         Three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 8.2
·         Average Running Position of 12.7, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 94.9, eighth-best
·         14 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         268 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 118.573 mph, ninth-fastest
·         378 Laps in the Top 15 (69.7%), fourth-most
·         115 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
·         Four wins, six top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 14.6
·         Average Running Position of 14.9, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.0, 11th-best
·         17 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         252 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 118.508 mph, 10th-fastest
·         311 Laps in the Top 15 (57.4%), ninth-most
·         112 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Robby Gordon (No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge)
·         One win, seven top fives, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.3
·         Driver Rating of 83.0, 13th-best
·         11 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         244 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)
·         One top five, four top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.4
·         Average Running Position of 11.2, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 99.9, seventh-best
·         11 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 118.884 mph, fifth-fastest
·         368 Laps in the Top 15 (81.8%), fifth-most
·         120 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)
·         One win, two top fives, five top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.6
·         Average Running Position of 15.4, 12th-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.6, 10th-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 118.288 mph, 13th-fastest
·         356 Laps in the Top 15 (65.7%), sixth-most
·         102 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
·         Three top fives, four top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 14.7
·         Average Running Position of 9.9, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 100.0, sixth-best
·         14 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 118.845 mph, seventh-fastest
·         433 Laps in the Top 15 (79.9%), second-most
·         116 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet)
·         One top five, two top 10s
·         Average finish of 18.4
·         Average Running Position of 16.6, 13th-best
·         Driver Rating of 85.2, 12th-best
·         8 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 118.293 mph, 12th-fastest
·         280 Laps in the Top 15 (51.7%), 11th-most
Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)
·         One win, two top fives, three top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.5
·         Average Running Position of 8.3, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 113.5, second-best
·         46 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 119.331 mph, third-fastest
·         328 Laps in the Top 15 (91.1%), eighth-most
·         109 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
·         Five wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
·         Average finish of 5.4
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 4.7
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 129.6
·         Series-high 104 Fastest Laps Run
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 119.585 mph
·         Series-high 525 Laps in the Top 15 (96.9%)
·         Series-high 150 Quality Passes

 

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