NASCAR Rivals: Bobby Labonte Injured by Watkins Glen Mele’

August 13, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Bobby Labonte Injured by Watkins Glen Mele’

With the laps dwindling down and the middle of the pack getting a little antsy, the field turned to complete mayhem with just 8 laps to go in the Centurion Boats at the Glen on Sunday afternoon. Michael McDowell spun David Gilliland as the two raced for position, setting off a chain reaction that left several cars crippled near the pit road entrance. Michael Waltrip, Bobby Labonte, Sam Hornish Jr, Reed Sorenson, Max Papis, Dave Blaney, and Joe Nemechek were also involved.

As seen in the video footage of the accident, Bobby LaBonte was left limping his way over to the … [Read More]

Ambrose Celebrates a Career Weekend at the Glen

August 12, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Ambrose Celebrates a Career Weekend at the Glen

Marcos Ambrose took the lead with just three laps to go in Saturday’s Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen to secure his first career Nationwide Series victory in 59 starts. He received the lead by virtue of Jeff Burton and Jimmie Johnson running out of fuel in the closing laps in an episode of bitter-sweet redemption after all the tough luck he’s suffered in NASCAR road course racing in 2008. He came close, but eventually took a back seat to Kyle Busch in Mexico City … mechanical issues ended his day in Sonoma when he made his Sprint Cup debut … … [Read More]

Tony Eury Jr’s Call Was the Wrong Call at Watkins Glen

August 11, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Tony Eury Jr’s Call Was the Wrong Call at Watkins Glen

Everything seemed to be going perfectly for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the no. 88 team on Sunday as Earnhardt was in search of his first Cup victory at Watkins Glen International, and his first win at the track since winning the 1999 Nationwide Series race there. He started the day with the outside pole position after rain canceled out qualifying on Friday, and then he went onto lead 28 of the first 29 laps in the race.
Earnhardt gave up the lead during the first round of green flag stops after being one of the last cars to make their stop. … [Read More]

List of the Week: Longest Winless Streaks Inside the Top 20

August 11, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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List of the Week: Longest Winless Streaks Inside the Top 20

The winless streaks by drivers such as Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick have ranked amongst some of the biggest stories so far this season. They came into this week’s race at Watkins Glen as some of the odds-on-favorite to win, but alas, Kyle Busch shut the door on those plans yet again. This week’s “List of the Week” will feature the 10 longest winless droughts amongst the drivers inside the top-20 in points.
10. Matt Kenseth – 22 races – Last Win: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Fall 2007
9. Jeff Gordon – 27 races – Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Fall 2007
8. Greg Biffle … [Read More]

Rating the Race: Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

August 10, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Rating the Race: Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

Kyle Busch made perfect on his efforts to sweep the road course races in the Sprint Cup Series this season as he nabbed his first career victory at Watkins Glen International on Sunday. He led four times for a race high 52 laps, giving him his 8th win of the season and making him the first driver to win the races at both Infineon and Watkins Glen in the same year since his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Tony Stewart, did it back in 2005. He also won the Nationwide Series race in Mexico City earlier in the year, making him … [Read More]

Fantasy Follow-Up: Watkins Glen

August 10, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Fantasy Follow-Up: Watkins Glen

TZ’s Picks (Watkins Glen):
1. Tony Stewart – 2nd – 42.5 points
2. Robby Gordon – 27th – No points
3. Marcos Ambrose – 3rd – 41 points
4. Kyle Busch – 1st – 41.5 points
5. Carl Edwards – 10th – 36.5 points
6. Kevin Harvick – 6th – 38 points
Lock of the Week – Tony Stewart – Top Five – 10 points
Sleeper Pick – Marcos Ambrose – Top Five – 10 points
Steer Clear of – Greg Biffle – Outside Top Fifteen – No points lost
Roc’s Picks (Watkins Glen):
1. Kyle Busch – 1st – 43 points
2. Tony Stewart – 2nd – 42 points
3. Denny Hamlin … [Read More]

Cup Qualifying Canceled; Said in the Show Despite the Rain

August 8, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Cup Qualifying Canceled; Said in the Show Despite the Rain

Though they may not admit it, several drivers in the Sprint Cup garage area were probably a bit smitten when NASCAR was forced to cancel qualifying for the Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on Friday. The simple fact of the matter is that several drivers near the top at points are going to receive a better starting position that they likely would have, and while it still may not exactly give them a shot at winning Sunday’s race, it obviously provides a good path towards a better finish. That would be the guys like Greg Biffle … [Read More]

Race Preview for Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

August 7, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Race Preview for Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

*Credit photo to Newscom.
This week NASCAR heads to Waktins Glen International for one of their two road course races of the season on the Sprint Cup Series schedule. The race comes just one week after NASCAR made history for itself when they raced in the rain last Saturday in the Nationwide Series in Montreal, which most critics feel came off as a huge success. As of right now there are no plans to break out the rain tires on Sunday, but there’s still plenty to look forward to with just five races remaining until the cutoff for the Chase.
Recent Winners:
2007 … [Read More]

Brad Coleman Joins HOF Racing; JJ Yeley Out of Work

August 7, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Brad Coleman Joins HOF Racing; JJ Yeley Out of Work

*Credit photo to Newscom.
After what most would consider to be an unsuccessful run with Joe Gibbs Racing to get his career started in the Sprint Cup Series, it didn’t take JJ Yeley long to once again find himself looking for work. Hall of Fame Racing announced on Wednesday that they were parting ways with Yeley in favor of 20 year old, Brad Coleman.
Coleman will run his first race with the team on August 17th at Michigan, as the team already made plans to run road course specialist, PJ Jones, in the car this weekend at Watkins Glen. Michigan will mark … [Read More]

NASCAR Rivals: Slicks vs. Grooves

August 6, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Slicks vs. Grooves

It was undoubtedly one of the most historic moments in NASCAR when they decided to convert the Nationwide Series field from the “slick” tires that they typically run to “grooved” tires at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this past Saturday for the NAPA Auto Parts 200. With heavy rain working its way to the track and cars sliding all over the place, NASCAR made the call to do just what they’ve been talking about doing and race in the rain.
Incase you missed the action on Saturday afternoon, here’s some video to show you how the cars were handling on the regular slick … [Read More]

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