2012 Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen

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2012 Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen
Race details[1][2]
Race 22 of 36 in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season


Date August 12, 2012 (2012-August-12)
Location Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York
Course Permanent racing facility
2.45 mi (3.942 km)
Distance 90 laps, 220.5 mi (354.86 km)
Weather Overcast with a high temperature around 78°F; wind out of the WSW at 10 mph.
Pole position
Driver Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Time 1:09:44
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 43
Winner
No. 9
Marcos Ambrose
Richard Petty Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

The 2012 Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on August 12, 2012 at the Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Contested over 90 laps, it was the twenty-second race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the second of two road course competitions on the schedule. After the tragedy at the previous race, the track prepared in the event that thunderstorms pass through the track. The track had set up more than 30 police cars with loudspeakers, nine television screens, and the staff has text message availabilities, all intended on warning fans of any thunderstorms approaching.[3] Marcos Ambrose, from the Richard Petty Motorsports racing team, won the race ahead of Brad Keselowski. Jimmie Johnson finished in the third position.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Watkins Glen International, the road course where the race was held (minus the boot section).

The course, Watkins Glen International, is one of two road courses to hold NASCAR races, the other being Sonoma Raceway.[4] The standard short road course at Watkins Glen International is a 7-turn course that is 2.45 miles (3.94 km) long;[5] the track was modified in 1992, adding the Inner Loop, which lengthened the long course to 3.4 miles (5.5 km) and the short course to the current length of 2.45 miles (3.94 km).[6] Marcos Ambrose was the defending race winner after winning the race in 2011.[7]


Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed Grid
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 69.438 127.020 1
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 69.488 126.928 2
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 69.490 126.925 3
2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 69.654 126.626 4
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 69.710 126.524 5
39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 69.827 126.312 6
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 69.917 126.150 7
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 69.966 126.061 8
56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 69.973 126.049 9
1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 70.023 125.959 10
98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 70.160 125.713 11
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 70.199 125.643 12
78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 70.216 125.612 13
20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 70.269 125.518 14
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 70.270 125.516 15
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 70.279 125.500 16
22 Sam Hornish Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 70.324 125.419 17
99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 70.330 125.409 18
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 70.341 125.389 19
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 70.369 125.339 20
95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 70.372 125.334 21
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 70.448 125.199 22
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 70.515 125.080 23
17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 70.607 124.917 24
32 Boris Said FAS Lane Racing Ford 70.678 124.791 25
47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 70.721 124.715 26
51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 70.869 124.455 27
31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 71.010 124.208 28
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 71.022 124.187 29
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 71.054 124.131 30
36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 71.067 124.108 31
34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 71.205 123.868 32
55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 71.296 123.710 33
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 71.373 123.576 34
83 Landon Cassill BK Racing Toyota 71.434 123.471 35
87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 71.454 123.436 36
10 JJ Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 71.550 123.270 37
26 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 71.982 122.531 38
33 Stephen Leicht Circle Sport Chevrolet 72.097 122.335 39
19 Chris Cook Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 74.193 118.879 40
49 Jason Leffler Robinson-Blakeney Racing Toyota 74.279 118.742 41
30 Patrick Long Inception Motorsports Toyota 75.031 117.551 42
93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota Provisional Provisional 43

Race results[edit]

  1. Marcos Ambrose (Richard Petty Motorsports)
  2. Brad Keselowski (Penske Racing)
  3. Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports)
  4. Clint Bowyer (Michael Waltrip Racing)
  5. Sam Hornish Jr. (Penske Racing)
  6. Greg Biffle (Roush-Fenway Racing)
  7. Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing)
  8. Matt Kenseth (Roush-Fenway Racing)
  9. Regan Smith (Furniture Row Racing)
  10. Martin Truex Jr. (Michael Waltrip Racing)
  11. Ryan Newman (Stewart-Haas Racing)
  12. Paul Menard (Richard Childress Racing)
  13. Kasey Kahne (Hendrick Motorsports)
  14. Carl Edwards (Roush-Fenway Racing)
  15. Kevin Harvick (Richard Childress Racing)
  16. Casey Mears (Germain Racing)
  17. Scott Speed (Leavine Family Racing)
  18. Aric Almirola* (Richard Petty Motorsports)
  19. Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas Racing)
  20. David Gilliland (Front Row Motorsports)
  21. Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports)
  22. David Ragan (Front Row Motorsports)
  23. Boris Said (FAS Lane Racing)
  24. Landon Cassill (BK Racing)
  25. Stephen Leicht (Circle Sport)
  26. Bobby Labonte (JTG Daughtery Racing)
  27. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports)
  28. Joe Nemechek (NEMCO)
  29. Kurt Busch (Phoenix Racing)
  30. Jeff Burton (Richard Childress Racing)
  31. Joey Logano (Joe Gibbs Racing)
  32. Juan Pablo Montoya (Earnhardt Ganassi Racing)
  33. Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing)
  34. Jason Leffler (Robinson-Blakeney Racing)
  35. Dave Blaney (Tommy Baldwin Racing)
  36. Michael McDowell (Curb Racing)
  37. Josh Wise (Front Row Motorsports)
  38. Jamie McMurray (Earnhardt Ganssi Racing)
  39. JJ Yeley (Tommy Baldwin Racing)
  40. Chris Cook (Humphrey Smith Racing)
  41. Patrick Long (Inception Motorsports)
  42. Brian Vickers (Michael Waltrip Racing)


References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ Brown, Brian (August 8, 2012). "The Finger Lakes 355". RotoWorld.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ Friday, August 10, 2012 2:58 pm (2012-08-03). "Watkins Glen, NASCAR ready for weather – Watkins Glen, NASCAR ready for weather : Auto-racing:". Idahostatejournal.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  4. ^ White, Rea (5 August 2010). "Road course races challenge the specialsts". Fox Sports. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Watkins Glen". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Watkins Glen History". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 


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