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Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Fact Sheet
Compiled by racing-reference.info

Track facts for Watkins Gen International:

   

  • Number of previous races: 30.
  • First Sprint Cup race: August 4, 1957, won by Buck Baker.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: August 12, 2012, won by Marcos Ambrose.
  • Won from pole: 9, last time by Kyle Busch in 2008.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 20 times in 30 races (67%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 22 times (73%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 0 times (0%).
  • Worst starting spot for race winner: 18th, by Steve Park in 2000.
  • Most laps led: 83, by Tony Stewart in 2005.
  • Fewest laps led by a race winner: 4, by Ricky Rudd in 1988.

  • Track records:

    • Fastest race: 103.030 mph by Mark Martin in 1995.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 127.020 mph by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2012.
    • Most lead changes: 14 in 1991, 2006 and 2011.
    • Closest finish: Jeff Gordon's .172 second margin over Jeff Burton in 2001.
    • Most caution flags: 10 in 2006.

  • From 2008-2012 a typical Watkins Glen race had 10.8 lead changes, 4.6 cautions for 12.4 laps, and an average green-flag run of 14.0 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 16, Ford 7, Pontiac 4, Buick 1, Mercury 1, Toyota 1.

  • Victories by owner: Rick Hendrick 6, Joe Gibbs 5, Jack Roush 3, Raymond Beadle 2, Richard Childress 2, Richard Petty Motorsports 2, all others 10.

Driver Notes:

  • The most Watkins Glen races without a:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Terry Labonte, Michael Waltrip (22 races)
    Top 5: Joe Nemechek (18) Sterling Marlin (19)
    Top 10: Dave Blaney (11) Derrike Cope (12)
    Pole: Michael Waltrip (22)
    Lap led: Elliott Sadler (12) Brett Bodine (14)
    Lead-lap finish: Tony Raines, Josh Wise (1) J.D. McDuffie (6)


  • Top career marks at Watkins Glen:
  •  Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: T. Labonte, M. Martin, M. Waltrip (22)
    Wins: Tony Stewart (5)
    Top 5s: Mark Martin (12)
    Top 10s: Mark Martin (16)
    Poles: Mark Martin (3) Dale Earnhardt (3)
    Laps: Mark Martin (1,941)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (233)
    Lead-lap finishes: Mark Martin (21)


  • Best average finish among active drivers at Watkins Glen (3 or more starts):

    1. Marcos Ambrose (2.0)
    2. Tony Stewart (7.9)
    3. Brad Keselowski (8.0)
    4. Kyle Busch (9.0)
    5. A.J. Allmendinger (9.0)
    6. Mark Martin (9.0)
    7. Carl Edwards (9.4)
    8. Kevin Harvick (13.1)
    9. Jimmie Johnson (13.2)
    10. Martin Truex, Jr. (13.7)


  • Worst average finish among active drivers at Watkins Glen (3 or more starts):

    1. Michael McDowell (36.2)
    2. J.J. Yeley (33.2)
    3. Dave Blaney (32.5)
    4. Travis Kvapil (32.5)
    5. David Gilliland (30.6)
    6. Scott Speed (30.2)
    7. Scott Riggs (27.8)
    8. David Reutimann (27.5)
    9. Ron Fellows (26.9)
    10. David Ragan (26.8)


    Current top-10 drivers at Watkins Glen:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Jimmie Johnson 11 0 4 6 1 927 11 6.2 13.2 102.0
    Clint Bowyer 7 0 1 2 0 631 1 19.4 15.6 81.2
    Carl Edwards 8 0 3 5 1 724 1 12.5 9.4 94.0
    Kevin Harvick 12 1 2 6 0 1056 29 13.2 13.1 88.8
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 13 0 2 3 0 1080 46 17.5 22.7 73.6
    Kyle Busch 8 1 3 7 1 724 159 7.4 9.0 110.2
    Matt Kenseth 13 0 0 4 0 1173 1 19.4 15.0 76.6
    Kasey Kahne 9 0 0 0 0 814 0 17.2 18.4 73.1
    Jeff Gordon 20 4 6 9 2 1748 233 9.4 14.8 88.6
    Greg Biffle 10 0 1 3 0 861 23 14.8 23.8 75.6

    Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

    Other notable Driver Ratings at Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart (120.4), Marcos Ambrose (120.1), Juan Pablo Montoya (110.5), Brad Keselowski (101.7), A.J. Allmendinger (92.4), Kurt Busch (90.7), Denny Hamlin (89.6), Martin Truex, Jr. (89.2), Jamie McMurray (81.1).