NASCAR at Watkins Glen: Odds, stats, bets to consider for road-course race

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Together with Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking decorations in the last two Cup Series races, the third member of the”Big 3,” Martin Truex Jr., may feel his period to win is this weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI).

Truex is the defending winner in Watkins Glen and has top-10 finishes in his last two races and seven top 10s in 12 total starts 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 final to win races here in 2011-12.

Harvick, kyle Busch and Truex would be the 3 favorites not just to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November but also to win.

Maybe nobody gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s street course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, that hit his playoff ticket in the track in 2014. This past week, allmendinger started to take the checkers.

Allmendinger has six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has achieved the remarkable task of finishing every lap (812) of every race he has competed in there.

Race setup
Distance: 220.5 kilometers (90 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20), Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Closing Phase (Ends on Lap 90).

The track

Watkins Glen, located in upstate New York, is a 7-turn, 2.45-mile road route that recently got a repave. Though the road-course is similar to Sonoma Raceway, it is relatively flat with fewer twists, which makes it a faster course than its California sister.

Recent winners
2017: Martin Truex Jr..
2016: Denny Hamlin
2015: Joey Logano
2014: AJ Allmendinger
2013: Kyle Busch

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