DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York going into the Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen on August 12.

 

WATKINS GLEN-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 Stanley Ford)

  • One win, four top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 2.3
  • Average Running Position of 9.8, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 118.0, second-best
  • 79 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 119.907 mph
  • 110 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)

  • One top five, four top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 19.8
  • Average Running Position of 16.4, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.7, sixth-best
  • 47 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 295 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 119.319 mph, fifth-fastest

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)

  • One win, three top fives, six top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 9.3
  • Average Running Position of 12.1, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 106.8, fourth-best
  • 41 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 284 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 119.336 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 437 Laps in the Top 15 (68.9%), third-most
  • 145 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

  • Three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 8.7
  • Average Running Position of 13.1, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.5, eighth-best
  • 14 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 325 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 118.910 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 428 Laps in the Top 15 (67.5%), fourth-most
  • 137 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Four wins, six top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 14.5
  • Average Running Position of 14.3, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.1, 10th-best
  • 19 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 312 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 118.933 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 384 Laps in the Top 15 (60.6%), ninth-most
  • 143 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)

  • One top five, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.2
  • Average Running Position of 13.2, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.5, seventh-best
  • 11 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 119.122 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 388 Laps in the Top 15 (71.6%), eighth-most
  • 141 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

  • One win, two top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.9
  • Average Running Position of 15.7, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.2, 11th-best
  • 292 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 118.692 mph, 13th-fastest
  • 402 Laps in the Top 15 (63.4%), fifth-most
  • 116 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Cortez Silver Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.2
  • Average Running Position of 10.0, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.7, fifth-best
  • 21 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 119.302 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 504 Laps in the Top 15 (79.5%), second-most
  • 151 Quality Passes, third-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)

  • One top five, one top 10
  • Average finish of 11.0
  • Driver Rating of 88.1, 12th-best
  • 12 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 118.806 mph, 12th-fastest

Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

  • One win, two top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.4
  • Average Running Position of 8.4, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 112.6, third-best
  • 50 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 119.717 mph, third-fastest
  • 401 Laps in the Top 15 (88.7%), sixth-most
  • 138 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 7.1
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 5.0
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 124.8
  • Series-high 105 Fastest Laps Run
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 119.891 mph, second-fastest
  • Series-high 613 Laps in the Top 15 (96.7%)
  • Series-high 179 Quality Passes

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)

  • Two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.3
  • Average Running Position of 13.8, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.1, 13th-best
  • 353 Laps in the Top 15 (65.1%), 10th-most
  • 143 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 10

 Following Race 21 of 36

Driver   Points Wins Poles  Rank Last Week Season Drive Points
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  744 1 0 1 102.1
2. Matt Kenseth    739 1 1 2 104.4
3. Greg Biffle    738 1 2 3 104.8
4. Jimmie Johnson   736 3 1 4 109.8
5. Martin Truex Jr.    694 0 1 7 96.3
6. Tony Stewart    691 3 0 8 90.4
7. Brad Keselowski   690 3 0 9 93.8
8. Denny Hamlin      683 2 2 5 99.6
9. Kevin Harvick     681 0 0 6 91.1
10. Clint Bowyer 679 1 0 10 90.1

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

11. Kasey Kahne (2 wins)      622         34. David Blaney             276
12. Carl Edwards                  619         35. David Stremme          155
13. Jeff Gordon (1 win)          611         36. Brian Vickers             135
14. Ryan Newman (1 win)      611         37. J.J. Yeley                  131
15. Kyle Busch (1 win)           599         38. Ken Schrader             100
16. Paul Menard                   597         39. Michael McDowell        94
17. Joey Logano (1 win)         575         40. Josh Wise                   91
18. Marcos Ambrose             553         41. Michael Waltrip            75
19. Jamie McMurray             536         42. Tony Raines                67
20. Jeff Burton                     527         43. Stephen Leicht            67
21. Juan Pablo Montoya        500         44. Terry Labonte             66
22. Aric Almirola                   498         45. Brendan Gaughan        50
23. Bobby Labonte                444         46. Scott Speed                42
24. Regan Smith                   438         47. Scott Riggs                 35
25. Kurt Busch                     409         48. Boris Said                   15
26. Mark Martin                    406         49. Bill Elliott                     14
27. AJ Allmendinger              400         50. Hermie Sadler III          13
28. Casey Mears                  377         51. Robby Gordon             11
29. David Ragan                   354         52. Tomy Drissi                  6
30. David Gilliland                 351         53. Stacy Compton             5
31. Travis Kvapil                   324         54. Mike Skinner                 5
32. Landon Cassill                311         55. David Mayhew              4
33. David Reutimann             283         56. Chris Cook                   2
                                                        57. Kelly Bires                    2

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2012 Top 12 at Watkins Glen International

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

12

0

0

2

3

2

22.3

73.6

 

2

Matt Kenseth

12

0

0

0

3

0

15.6

75.5

 

3

Greg Biffle

9

0

0

1

2

1

25.8

73.7

 

4

Jimmie Johnson

10

1

0

3

5

1

14.2

100.7

 

5

Martin Truex Jr.

6

0

0

2

3

0

14.3

87.1

 

6

Tony Stewart

13

0

5

7

10

0

7.1

124.8

 

7

Brad Keselowski

2

0

0

1

1

0

11.0

88.1

 

8

Denny Hamlin

6

0

0

1

4

2

17.2

93.5

 

9

Kevin Harvick

11

0

1

2

6

0

12.9

89.2

 

10

Clint Bowyer

6

0

0

0

1

0

17.5

77.1

 

11

Kasey Kahne

8

0

0

0

0

0

19.1

71.7

 

12

Carl Edwards

7

1

0

3

5

0

8.7

93.5

 

* – Based on last seven races at Watkins Glen International

 

The Wild Card Standings Following: Pocono Raceway

Pos.

Driver

Wins

Pts. Pos.

Points

Pts. From 10th

1

Kasey Kahne

2

11

622

-57

2

Jeff Gordon

1

13

611

-68

3

Ryan Newman

1

14

611

-68

4

Kyle Busch

1

15

599

-80

5

Joey Logano

1

17

575

-104

6

Carl Edwards

0

12

619

-60

7

Paul Menard

0

16

597

-82

8

Marcos Ambrose

0

18

553

-126

9

Jamie McMurray

0

19

536

-143

10

Jeff Burton

0

20

527

-152

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.


 

At Watkins Glen International:

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 27th running since its return in 1986.

Notebook

  • There have been 29 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 17 different pole winners.
  • The race winner has started first in nine of 29 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.
  • 19 of the 29 races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-five starting position.
  • 21 of the 29 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.
  • 18 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 Sonoma), for a career total of nine.
  • Three active drivers with more than one start have an average finish in the top 10: Marcos Ambrose (2.2 in four starts), Tony Stewart (7.0 in 13 starts), Carl Edwards (8.7 in seven starts), and Kyle Busch (9.2 in seven starts).
  • Two drivers have scored their first career NSCS wins at Watkins Glen International: Marcos Ambrose (08/15/2011) and Steve Park (08/13/2000).
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Watkins Glen International winner: Kyle Busch (08/10/2008 – 23 years, 3 months, 8 days).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Watkins Glen International winner: Geoff Bodine (08/11/1996 – 47 years, 3 months, 24 days).

 

Watkins Glen International Data

  • Race #: 22 of 36 (08-12-12)
  • Track Size: 2.45-miles
  • Number of Turns: 7
  • Race Length: 90 laps / 220.5 miles

 

Top 12 Driver Rating at Watkins Glen

  1. Tony Stewart……………………….. 124.8
  2. Marcos Ambrose…………………. 118.0
  3. Juan Pablo Montoya…………….. 112.6
  4. Kyle Busch…………………………. 106.8
  5. Jimmie Johnson…………………… 100.7
  6. Kurt Busch……………………………. 94.7
  7. Denny Hamlin……………………….. 93.5
  8. Carl Edwards……………………….. 93.5
  9. Jeff Gordon………………………….. 90.1
  10. Kevin Harvick………………………… 89.2
  11. Brad Keselowski……………………. 88.1
  12. Martin Truex Jr………………………. 87.6

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (seven total) at Watkins Glen International.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner:
    • Kyle Busch, Toyota (126.421 mph, 69.767 sec., 08-13-11) 
  • 2011 race winner:
    • Marcos Ambrose, Ford (99.417 mph, 2:16:02, 08-14-11)
  •  Track qualifying record:
    • Kyle Busch, Toyota (126.421 mph, 69.767 sec., 08-13-11)
  • Track race record:
    • Mark Martin, Ford (103.030 mph, 2:11:54, 08-13-95)

NASCAR in New York

  • There have been 67 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in New York:

 

Track Name

City

NSCS

Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen

29

Airborne Speedway

Plattsburg

1

Albany Saratoga Speedway

Malta

2

Altamont-Schenectady Fairgrounds

Altamont

2

Bridgehampton Race Circuit

Bridgehampton

4

Buffalo Civic Stadium

Buffalo

1

Fonda Speedway

Fonda

4

Hamburg Speedway

Hamburg

2

Islip Speedway

Islip

6

Monroe County Fairgrounds

Rochester

8

Montgomery Air Base

Montgomery

1

New York State Fairgrounds

Syracuse

3

State Line Speedway

Busti

1

Vernon Fairgrounds

Vernon

2

Wine Creek Race Track

Owego

1

  • 180 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as New York.
  • There have been 14 race winners from New York in NASCAR’s three national series:

 

 

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Geoff Bodine

18

6

0

Jim Reed

7

0

0

Al Keller

2

0

0

Steve Park

2

3

1

Brett Bodine

1

5

0

Jim Hurtubise

1

0

0

Lloyd Moore

1

0

0

Bill Rexford

1

0

0

Greg Sacks

1

1

0

Regan Smith

1

0

0

Jack White

1

0

0

Todd Bodine

0

15

22

Mike McLaughlin

0

6

0

Donny Lia

0

0

1

 

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