RACE PREVIEW

GO BOWLING AT THE GLEN

WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

AUGUST 4th, 3:00PM ET on NBCSN TV

ROAD COURSE, 2.45 Miles 11 Turns

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Twice a year NASCAR makes a detour from the standard oval and gets its swerve on, on a road course. And this year again a hybrid Roval-Road Course oval in Charlotte. No more just turn left and go. Instead of going counter-clockwise like you would on an oval, road courses go clockwise and twist and turn the whole way. Here at Watkins Glen International the drivers have 11 turns on an almost 2.5 mile course in a truly beautiful part of New York State. There are only five races left or 1,788 miles to go before the Playoffs and it is clear a win gets you in. Drivers in the Top 30 of the points’ race might be thinkin’ this is their best shot if they find themselves near the front toward the end of the race. Restarts will be wild and we should see some gambling on tires and fuel. Chevrolet has won four of the last ten races including last years race. But two of the last three have been won by Toyota’s. In the last ten years Toyota has three wins and Ford has three wins. Who has the advantage? We’ll know on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 road course drivers and Thursday look for our top 30 drivers ranked in advance of Sunday’s race.