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2014 Watkins Glen: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-Up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 10, 2014 - 06:57 AM
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2014 Watkins Glen: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-Up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

Did you know the NASCAR Sprint Cup series has been racing at the beautiful Watkins Glen road circuit since 1957 ? The first race was won by Buck Baker in a '57 Chevrolet. The Cup series returned for a short two-race stint in 1964 & 1965, and then in 1986 it began its current run on the schedule. In all 31 races have been run over the 56 years.

So who is going to have a good shot at a win today ?

Usually we'd point out that 3-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart won the 2009 race to eclipse Jeff Gordon for the most wins at 'The Glen' with five. Stewart won the 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 & 2009 races, and when he wasn't winning he finished second - 2006 & 2008.

But Stewart hasn't had a top-five finish that victory in 2009.

Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon has been hugely successful at Watkins Glen early in his career. In fact, Gordon has six top-fives and nine top-10 finishes in his 21 races at the historic road circuit.

However, its also worth noting that Jeff Gordon has not won at Watkins Glen since 2001, and since 2002, Jeff Gordon's best finish at Watkins Glen is ninth. So he won't be winning today despite starting from Pole.

So bring on the road racer Marcos Ambrose - who has won five of the seven NASCAR Nationwide races he has run at the Glen, plus he won the 2011 & 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the track. Ambrose has raced at the Glen six times and never finished worse than third - except last year when he crashed to finish 31st.

Today, he'll start second.

So, today's winning pick is... Marcos Ambrose.

But if Ambrose doesn't win, keep an eye on Jeff Gordon has been racing extremely well, and last year's winner Kyle Busch.

Enjoy today's road course race. The twisty bits only happens twice a year in NASCAR and is always a nice diversion.


 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Watkins Glen International
29th Annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, August 09, 2014 @ 12:45 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Mark Martin 08/13/95 02:11:54 103.03
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 68.126 129.466
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 68.299 129.138
2 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 68.389 128.968
4 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 68.447 128.859
3 5 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 68.470 128.816
6 47 AJ Allmendinger Scott Products Chevrolet 68.531 128.701
4 7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 68.806 128.186
8 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 68.810 128.179
5 9 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 68.878 128.052
10 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 68.978 127.867
6 11 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 69.035 127.761
12 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 69.171 127.510
7 13 14 Tony Stewart Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 68.796 128.205
14 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 68.836 128.131
8 15 51 Justin Allgaier # Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 68.892 128.026
16 99 Carl Edwards Kellogg's/Cheez-It Ford 68.993 127.839
9 17 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 69.024 127.782
18 26 Cole Whitt # Bully Hill Vineyards Toyota 69.060 127.715
10 19 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 69.136 127.575
20 27 Paul Menard Splash/Menards Chevrolet 69.137 127.573
11 21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford 69.143 127.562
22 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 69.273 127.322
12 23 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 69.280 127.309
24 15 Clint Bowyer RK Motors Charlotte Toyota 69.297 127.278
13 25 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 69.315 127.245
26 34 David Ragan Dockside Logistics Ford 69.316 127.243
14 27 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 69.341 127.197
28 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 69.344 127.192
15 29 95 Michael McDowell K-Love Ford 69.352 127.177
30 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 69.442 127.012
16 31 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevrolet 69.548 126.819
32 77 Nelson Piquet Jr. WORX Ford 69.605 126.715
17 33 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 69.611 126.704
34 32 Boris Said Genny Light Ford 69.684 126.571
18 35 83 Ryan Truex # Burger King Toyota 69.719 126.508
36 23 Alex Bowman # Dustless Blasting Toyota 70.098 125.824
19 37 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet Owner Points
38 33 Alex Kennedy MediaCAST Chevrolet Owner Points
20 39 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Owner Points
40 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Land Castle Title Toyota Owner Points
21 41 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet Owner Points
42 7 Michael Annett # Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet Owner Points
22 43 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: None.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 22 0 Toyota 9 0






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