Previewing the Hulva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen
By: Matt Taliaferro | 8/12/11, 7:00 AM EDT
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush
Race: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen
Location: Watkins Glen, N.Y.
When: Sunday, Aug. 14
TV: ESPN (1:00 p.m. EST)
2010 Winner: Juan Pablo Montoya
Specs: 11-turn, 2.45-mile road course
Race Length: 200.9 miles/82 laps
Track Qualifying Record: 124.580 mph (Jeff Gordon, 2003)
Race Record: 103.030 mph (Mark Martin, 1995)
From the Spotter's Stand
Road warrior Juan Pablo Montoya ended a 113-race winless streak, earning his second career Cup victory here last August. Montoya’s win at The Glen was his first since taking the checkers at Sonoma in June 2007 as a rookie, making the crossover from open wheel racing to stock car competition on the Cup circuit.
The 2000 Indy 500 winner showed off his road course chops at the 11-turn upstate New York track, with his 42 Chevy leading 74 of 90 laps en route to beating runner-up Kurt Busch and Marcos Ambrose — who is the three-time reigning Nationwide champ at The Glen — by a 4.735-second margin. “It’s about time,” Montoya said, after ending a frustrating drought.
Tony Stewart is the unquestioned King of the Glen in NASCAR circles. Stewart's five wins in upstate New York lead the series.
Marcos Ambrose is bound to grab a Cup win at the Glen at some point. Ambrose has three Nationwide Series wins here in four starts to go along with three top 5s in three Cup starts.
Crew Chief’s Take
“The faster of the two road courses on circuit, Watkins Glen demands braking, balance and control. Infineon is a finesse track, but a driver has to ‘attack’ the Glen. The brakes must sustain the abuse of high-speed to tight-corner transition; balance in that the car needs to behave well in the turns; and control — as in driver control — so as not to over-rev, wheel hop or just plain overdrive. High-end horsepower is much more important at the Glen because the driver is ‘in the gas’ a lot more than Sonoma.”
Looking at Checkers: Tony Stewart’s five career Cup wins at the Glen are the best of any driver — active or retired.
Pretty Solid Pick: Marcos Ambrose has done everything but win a Cup race here. It’s coming.
Good Sleeper Pick: AJ Allmendinger’s three career runs of 13th, 11th and fourth are encouraging.
Runs on Seven Cylinders: Surprisingly enough, Jeff Burton.
Insider Tip: Only seven active drivers — Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch, Robby Gordon and Kevin Harvick — have notched wins at the Glen.
Classic Moments at Watkins Glen
The history books show Geoff Bodine as the winner of the 1996 Bud at the Glen, but most longtime fans remember the weekend for the toughness shown by the great Dale Earnhardt.
The Intimidator suffered a broken collarbone, sternum and bruised pelvis in a savage wreck at Talladega two weeks prior. Putting the pain aside, Earnhardt not only sits on the pole at the Glen, but also sets a new track record prior to a sixth-place finish.
Bodine’s path to the win is dizzying. Bodine does not pit during a lap 54 caution, instead stopping on lap 62 in an attempt to complete the race in one fewer stops than the field.
A caution coincides with the lap 62 stop, essentially giving Bodine a free stop. Restarting 10th and with fresh tires, he blows through the field and makes the race-winning pass of Ken Schrader with seven laps to go.
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