With Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking decorations from the last two Cup Series races, the next member of this”Big 3,” Martin Truex Jr., may feel his period to win is this weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI).
Truex is the defending winner at Watkins Glen and has top-10 finishes in his last two races and seven top 10s in 12 total begins on the road course. Problem is, no driver has accomplished a repeat win in The Glen. Marcos Ambrose, who returned in his native Australia, is the last to win back-to-back races here.
Kyle Busch, Harvick and Truex would be the three favorites not just Sunday to win but also to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November.
Maybe nobody gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s road course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, that punched his playoff ticket in the track in 2014. This past week, allmendinger opened at 25/1 odds to take the checkers.
Allmendinger includes six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has accomplished the remarkable task of completing every lap (812) of each race he’s competed in there.
Distance: 220.5 miles (90 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20), Phase 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Closing Stage (Ends on Lap 90).
Watkins Glen, located in upstate New York, is a 7-turn, 2.45-mile road route that recently underwent a repave. Though the road-course is similar to Sonoma Raceway, it is relatively flat with fewer turns, 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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