NASCAR at Watkins Glen: Odds, stats, bets to consider for road-course race

With Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking decorations from the past two Cup Series races, the next member of the”Big 3,” Martin Truex Jr., may feel his time to win is this weekend in Watkins Glen International (WGI).

Truex is the defending winner in Watkins Glen and has top-10 finishes in his past two races and seven top 10s in 12 total starts on the street course. Problem is, no current driver has accomplished a repeat win in The Glen. Marcos Ambrose, who returned to race in his native Australia, is the final to win races here.

Kyle Busch, Harvick and Truex are the three favorites to win Sunday but also to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November.

Perhaps no one gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s road course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, that punched his playoff ticket in the track in 2014. This past week allmendinger opened at 25/1 odds to take the checkers.

Allmendinger has six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has accomplished the impressive task of finishing every lap (812) of every race he has competed in there.

Race setup
Distance: 220.5 kilometers (90 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20), Phase 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 90).

The track

Watkins Glen, located in upstate New York, is a 7-turn, 2.45-mile street course that recently got a repave. Though the road-course is very similar to Sonoma Raceway, it’s relatively flat with fewer twists, making it a faster route than its California sister.

Recent winners
2017: Martin Truex Jr..
2016: Denny Hamlin
2015: Joey Logano
2014: AJ Allmendinger
2013: Kyle Busch

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