Seize your atlas to be totally ready for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Sequence go to to Watkins Glen Worldwide.
For the primary time in Cup historical past, drivers from seven nations are scheduled to compete in a sequence race. Sunday’s 39-driver entry checklist options drivers from america, Mexico, Germany, England, the Netherlands, Finland and Russia.
Watkins Glen first hosted the Cup Sequence in 1957. Sunday’s occasion would be the thirty ninth operating of the Cup.
Kevin Harvick, the winner of final Sunday’s race at Richmond Raceway, might be on the lookout for a 3rd straight win on Sunday.
Sunday’s race (3 p.m. ET, USA Community) is scheduled for 90 laps and 220 miles. Saturday’s schedule consists of an Xfinity Sequence race at 3pm ET (USA Community).
The Iceman (and others) arrives
The worldwide illustration of drivers scheduled to compete in Sunday’s race is led by former Components 1 champion Kimi Raikkonen, who will make his Cup debut in a Chevrolet entered by Trackhouse Racing.
Raikkonen, who competed within the Xfinity and Tenting World Truck Sequence races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2011, would be the first driver to take part in Trackhouse’s Venture 91 program, which is designed to offer prime racers from different nations a shot at high quality tools in Cup races. .
Raikkonen, often known as the Iceman throughout his F1 profession, ran laps on the Virginia Worldwide Raceway street course on August 11 to familiarize himself with the Cup automobile. He’s initially from Finland and now lives in Switzerland.
Raikkonen, 42, gained the F1 title in 2007. He gained 21 profession F1 races.
Additionally representing different nations on Sunday’s beginning grid might be Daniel Suarez (Mexico), Mike Rockenfeller (Germany), Kyle Tilley (England), Loris Hezemans (Netherlands) and Daniil Kvyat (Russia).
The numbers recorded by drivers within the area are spectacular: 341 Cup wins, 407 Xfinity wins, 21 Components 1 wins, 5 IndyCar wins and 29 IMSA wins.
Blaney vs Truex continues
The regular-season Cup Sequence schedule boils down to 2 races — Sunday at Watkins Glen Worldwide and the Aug. 27 finale at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.
With 15 drivers scoring wins and sitting within the potential playoff grid, the ultimate spot is open to a different winner or a factors qualifier. Ryan Blaney, presently sixteenth, and Martin Truex Jr., 26 factors behind Blaney, are battling for the ultimate playoff place if determined by factors.
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Highway course racing has been notoriously unpredictable this season, and there is not any cause to consider that Sunday’s run on the very quick Watkins Glen course might be any completely different.
How do Blaney and Truex stack up for Glen? Blaney’s career-best end there’s fifth in 2019. He has two finishes of eighth or higher in 5 profession begins. Truex gained on the Glen in 2017 and has 4 consecutive top-three finishes there.
A foul signal for Truex: Toyota has no wins on the street this 12 months and its drivers have a mean end of 21.8 on the street.
Truex, nevertheless, has a mean end of 10.1 at Watkins Glen, third amongst energetic drivers (behind Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch). Blaney is fifth on that checklist with 11.6.
Buescher’s sixteenth winner?
Chris Buescher has been making noise currently, and with Watkins Glen on faucet on Sunday he could possibly be even louder.
Buescher threatened to problem Kevin Harvick for the win final Sunday at Richmond Raceway earlier than falling to 3rd on the finish. Three weeks in the past, he was tenth at Indianapolis.
Buescher, winless this 12 months, could possibly be thought-about a risk to win on the Glen primarily based on his street course resume. A win would make him the sixteenth completely different winner of the season.
The RFK Racing driver has 4 top-10 finishes within the final 5 street course occasions, and his greatest end of the 12 months — a second — got here at Sonoma. His 9.75 street completion common this season is fourth on the checklist.
Buescher’s story on the Glen is not nice, although. His greatest end is eleventh in 2017.
There are 39 entries for 40 spots out there in Sunday’s Cup Sequence race on the Glen.
Along with worldwide guests Kimi Raikkonen and Mike Rockenfeller, the checklist additionally consists of Joey Hand and AJ Allmendinger.
Checklist of Watkins Glen Cup entries
Forty-two drivers are entered in Saturday’s Xfinity Sequence race. The roster consists of 4 Cup regulars – William Byron, Cole Custer, Kyle Larson and Ross Chastain.
Additionally included are Austin Wayne Self, Stanton Barrett, Blaine Perkins, Timmy Hill and Spencer Pumpelly.
Checklist of Watkins Glen Xfinity entries
This weekend’s schedule and forecast
(All Jap Time)
Saturday, August 20
Forecast: partly cloudy. Excessive of 89.
- 10:05 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. – Xfinity Sequence Apply (NBC Sports activities App)
- 10:35 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. — Xfinity Sequence Qualifying (NBC Sports activities App)
- 12:05 PM – 1:05 PM – Cup Sequence Apply (NBC Sports activities App)
- 1:05 – 2:00 p.m. — Cup Sequence Qualifying (NBC Sports activities App, Motor Racing Community, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
- 3 p.m. – Xfinity Sequence Race (82 laps, 200 miles; USA Community, Motor Racing Community, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Sunday, August 21
Forecast: Principally cloudy. There could also be showers or thunderstorms. Excessive of 87.
- 3 p.m. – Cup Sequence Race (90 laps, 220 miles; USA Community, Motor Racing Community, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)