NASCAR heads to Watkins Glen for road course racing as the Chase for the Nextel Cup continues. The Watkins Glen course is a tough 11-turn course where passing is difficult so NASCAR betting fans must be aware of qualifying. NASCAR betting fans should know that Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon have done quite well at the track.
Gordon has dominated the road course scene since his arrival at the NASCAR Cup level and he will look to continue his dominance. NASCAR betting fans see that in addition to drivers like Gordon and Stewart, whenever the circuit travels to a road course it’s not just the main guys but also road course specialists they must contend with. Boris Said has always been known as the road course specialist and considering he has done next to nothing as a regular driver perhaps he should stay on the road courses. Watkins Glen is a 2.45 mile 11 turn road course. NASCAR betting fans know this race track features some interesting elevation changes and the "Inner Loop" which is part of the backstretch. NASCAR betting fans should know that the race is 90 laps long which equates to a distance of 220.5 miles.
NASCAR betting fans know Watkins Glen is all about position. It is difficult to pass which means qualifying is very important. NASCAR betting fans know that Tony Stewart has the best average finish at Watkins Glen. In his eight races he has an average finish of 6.8. Last year’s champ, Kevin Harvick is second with an average finish of 8th. Mark Martin is next at 8.4 followed by Robby Gordon at 9.3. NASCAR betting fans know that even though Jeff Gordon doesn’t have the best average finish he has won the race four times in the last 10 years. Tony Stewart has won it three times in the past five years. NASCAR betting fans remember that in 2004, Stewart battled stomach cramps and leg cramps to finish just in front of Ron Fellows. 15 of the 24 NASCAR Nextel Cup races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-three starting position. NASCSAR betting fans should know that the farthest back a driver has come from to win this race was from the 18th position in 2000 when Steve Park was victorious.
NASCAR betting fans know that Watkins Glen International has hosted this race since 1986. Watkins Glen hosted its first NASCAR race in August 1957, the sixth road-course event for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. It was a 101.2-mile, 44-lap contest for a field of 20. NASCAR betting fans know that Mark Martin, Stewart, Gordon, Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace are multiple winners of this race.