NASCAR & Auto Racing

Focus on: Auto racing this week

Focus on: Auto racing this week



Where: Watkins Glen, N.Y.

When: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN, noon-4 p.m.).

Track: Watkins Glen International (road course, 2.45 miles).

Distance: 220.5 miles, 90 laps.

Last year: Australia's Marcos Ambrose won at the track for the second straight year, passing Brad Keselowski heading to the final turn in a fender-banging duel.

Last week: Kasey Kahne raced to his second victory of the year, passing Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon with two laps left at Pocono.

Fast facts: Tony Stewart is sidelined after breaking his right leg Monday night in a sprint car race in Iowa. Max Papis is taking Stewart's place this weekend in Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 14 Chevrolet. ... Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson leads the season standings, 77 points ahead of Clint Bowyer. Johnson and Matt Kenseth share the series victory lead with four. ... Gordon has a Cup-record nine victories on road courses, winning four times at Watkins Glen and five at Sonoma. ... Martin Truex Jr. won at Sonoma in June. ... AJ Allmendinger, the Nationwide winner in June at Road America, is driving JTG Daugherty Racing's No. 47 Toyota.

Next race: Pure Michigan 400, Aug. 18, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.



Where: Watkins Glen, N.Y.

When: Friday, practice (Speed, 1:30-4 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 9:30-11 a.m.), race, 2:15 p.m. (ABC, 2-5 p.m.).

Track: Watkins Glen International (road course, 2.45 miles).

Distance: 200.9 miles, 82 laps.

Last year: Carl Edwards edged Brad Keselowski in a two-lap dash.

Last week: Keselowski won at Iowa Speedway for his third victory in his last three series starts.

Fast facts: Austin Dillon leads the season standings, 14 points ahead of Regan Smith and Sam Hornish Jr. ... Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch has eight Nationwide victories this year to push his series-record total to 59. ... The race is the second of three road-course events this year. AJ Allmendinger won at Road America in June.

Next race: Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, Aug. 17, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio.


Associated Press