NASCAR: Tony Stewart and Drivers with the Most Watkins Glen Wins

Tony Stewart Making A Turn At Watkins Glen In The Old Spice No. 14

Tony Stewart Making A Turn At Watkins Glen In The Old Spice No. 14

The coming-on Joey Logano won for the first time at Watkins Glen International today (and in the final lap, no less), one of 20 different NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers to take down the road course since the stock-car league began racing there in 1957.

Actually, Watkins Glen, in western New York State, was part of the top tour in just ’57, 1964 and 1965 before becoming enshrined in NASCAR’s annual schedule in 1986.

The Glen is currently one of only two road courses run during the season (Sonoma Raceway in California is the other).

These two tracks stand in stark contrast to the majority of NASCAR tracks on the schedule, which are run on ovals or ellipses. Road courses have several turns around, requiring drivers to brake and maneuver more frequently within a single lap. They are more Formula 1 than NASCAR.

It’s a specialist skill, really. Some racers have it, and some of the best don’t (Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Richard Petty for some prime examples).

Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon have it, and also the most wins at the Glen with five and four, respectively. Gordon won three times in a row, as did Mark Martin in third.

Another four drivers have won it twice, making just seven multiple winners over 33 races.

DRIVER WATKINS GLEN WINS YEAR (MAKE)
1. Tony Stewart 5 2002 (Pontiac), 2004 (Chevrolet…), 2005, 2007, 2009
2. Jeff Gordon 4 1997 – 1999 (Chevrolet…), 2001
3. Mark Martin 3 1993 – 1995 (Ford)
4. Kyle Busch 2 2008 (Toyota…), 2013
4. Marcos Ambrose 2 2011 (Ford…), 2012
4. Ricky Rudd 2 1988 (Buick), 1990 (Chevrolet)
4. Rusty Wallace 2 1987 (Pontiac…), 1989
8. A.J. Allmendinger 1 2014 (Chevrolet)
8. Billy Wade 1 1964 (Mercury)
8. Buck Baker 1 1957 (Chevrolet)
8. Ernie Irvan 1 1991 (Chevrolet)
8. Geoff Bodine 1 1996 (Ford)
8. Joey Logano 1 2015 (Ford)
8. Juan Pablo Montoya 1 2010 (Chevrolet)
8. Kevin Harvick 1 2006 (Chevrolet)
8. Kyle Petty 1 1992 (Pontiac)
8. Marvin Panch 1 1965 (Ford)
8. Robby Gordon 1 2003 (Chevrolet)
8. Steve Park 1 2000 (Chevrolet)
8. Tim Richmond 1 1986 (Chevrolet)

Photo: David Boe, AP via bleacherreport.com

Posted on August 9, 2015, in NASCAR / F1 / Auto Racing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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