Cheez-It 355 at The Glen
|Venue||Watkins Glen International|
|Distance||220.5 miles (354.86 km)|
|Previous names||The Glen 101.2 (1957)
The Glen 151.8 (1964–1965)
The Budweiser At The Glen (1986–1989)
Budweiser At The Glen (1990–1993)
The Bud At The Glen (1994–1998)
Frontier @ the Glen (1999)
Global Crossing @ The Glen (2000–2001)
Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen (2002–2005)
AMD at the Glen (2006)
Centurion Boats at the Glen (2007–2008)
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen (2009–2011)
Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen (2012)
The Cheez-It 355 at The Glen is a 90-lap, 220.5-mile (354.9 km) long NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car race held at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. It is one of two road course races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, the other being the Toyota/Save Mart 350. NBC has the rights to obtain the final 20 races from the season (6 of 20) from Coke Zero 400 to the Ford EcoBoost 400, this event will be held on NBCSN, ESPN used to carry this event before the departure for TNT and ESPN.
When NASCAR returned in 1986, they utilized the 1971 Six Hours course. In the 1991 race, J. D. McDuffie was killed in a crash in the Outer Loop, at the end of the backstretch. Following that crash, and another serious crash by IMSA driver, Tommy Kendall, the Inner Loop bus stop chicane was added just before the Outer Loop. NASCAR has since utilized this 2.45-mile (3.94 km) "short course," and has never utilized the "Boot" as the Indy Racing League has. Drivers, however, have been pushing for the use of the full course. During a 2011 Mobil Oil "Car Swap" at Watkins Glen using the course, Tony Stewart pushed for using the Grand Prix course after driving demonstration laps in both his Chevrolet Impala and the majority of his laps in a McLaren MP4-23 as part of the event with Lewis Hamilton.
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|1957||August 4||Buck Baker||Buck Baker||Chevrolet||44||101.2 (162.865)||1:13:06||83.064||Report|
|1964||July 19||Billy Wade||Bud Moore Engineering||Mercury||66||151.8 (244.298)||1:32:57||97.988||Report|
|1965||July 18||Marvin Panch||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||66||151.8 (244.298)||1:32:46||98.182||Report|
|1986||August 10||Tim Richmond||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||218.52 (351.673)||2:12:56||90.463||Report|
|1987||August 10*||Rusty Wallace||Blue Max Racing||Pontiac||90||218.52 (351.673)||2:24:36||90.682||Report|
|1988||August 14||Ricky Rudd||King Racing||Buick||90||218.52 (351.673)||2:56:58||74.096||Report|
|1989||August 13||Rusty Wallace||Blue Max Racing||Pontiac||90||218.52 (351.673)||2:26:55||87.242||Report|
|1990||August 12||Ricky Rudd||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||218.52 (351.673)||2:21:49||92.452||Report|
|1991||August 11||Ernie Irvan||Morgan-McClure Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||218.52 (351.673)||2:12:28||98.977||Report|
|1992||August 9||Kyle Petty||SABCO Racing||Pontiac||51*||125.154 (201.415)||1:27:21||88.980||Report|
|1993||August 8||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:36:04||84.771||Report|
|1994||August 14||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:21:07||93.752||Report|
|1995||August 13||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:11:54||103.030||Report|
|1996||August 11||Geoffrey Bodine||Geoff Bodine Racing||Ford||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:23:17||92.334||Report|
|1997||August 10||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:24:55||91.294||Report|
|1998||August 9||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:20:03||94.466||Report|
|1999||August 15||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:30:49||87.722||Report|
|2000||August 13||Steve Park||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:24:51||91.336||Report|
|2001||August 12||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:28:31||89.081||Report|
|2002||August 11||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Pontiac||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:40:56||82.208||Report|
|2003||August 10||Robby Gordon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:26:17||90.441||Report|
|2004||August 15||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:23:25||92.249||Report|
|2005||August 14||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||92*||225.4 (362.746)||2:35:48||86.804||Report|
|2006||August 13||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:52:27||76.718||Report|
|2007||August 12||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:50:38||77.535||Report|
|2008||August 10||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:16:11||97.148||Report|
|2009||August 10*||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:26:31||90.297||Report|
|2010||August 8||Juan Pablo Montoya*||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:23:52||91.960||Report|
|2011||August 15*||Marcos Ambrose*||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||92*||225.4 (362.746)||2:16:02||99.417||Report|
|2012||August 12||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:14:48||98.145||Report|
|2013||August 11||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:32:04||87.001||Report|
|2014||August 10||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||90||220.5 (354.86)||2:26:48||90.123||Report|
- 1987, 2009 & 2011: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
- 1992: Race shortened due to rain.
- 2005 and 2011: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
- 2010: Montoya's second career win made him the first foreign-born driver to have multiple wins in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.
- 2011: Ambrose's first career win made him the first Australian driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Race length notes
- 1957: 44 laps (101.2 miles) of a 2.3-mile (3.7 km) course
- 1964–1965: 66 laps (151.8 miles) of a 2.3-mile (3.7 km) course
- 1986–1991: were run on the 2.428-mile 1971 Six Hours course (90 laps/218.52 miles)
- 1992–Present: the addition of the Inner Loop chicane lengthened the track to 2.45 miles (90 laps/220.5 miles)
- 1986: The true inaugural running of this race, resulted in Geoff Bodine leading the most laps. Tim Richmond won the race after Bodine made too long of a pit stop with less than 10 laps to go.
- 1991: Ernie Irvan won the race but the race was overshadowed by the death of NASCAR pioneer JD McDuffie during a crash on lap 5.
- 1999: Jeff Gordon started on pole, led the most laps and held off Ron Fellows for the win.
- 2000: After Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart tangled early, Jeff Gordon's hopes to win a consecutive Watkins Glen race ended. Steve Park won his first Cup series race.
- 2001: Jeff Gordon got redemption from his 2000 heartbreak by winning the race. Road expert Robby Gordon led the most laps and had the winning car but a pit road fire ended his hopes for his first Cup series victory.
- 2002: A week after nearly being fired by his team for an incident in the Brickyard 400, Tony Stewart led the most laps alongside Robby Gordon and won the race. The race ended in controversy because it was discovered that Stewart had jumped the restart.
- 2004: A very sick Tony Stewart gutted through stomach pains, and held off Ron Fellows to win the race.
- 2007: Jeff Gordon led the most laps but spun out with 2 laps to go, handing the win to Stewart.
- 2011: Marcos Ambrose' first Career Cup series victory.
- 2012: After a banging-battle with Brad Keselowski, Ambrose won the race.
- 2014: AJ Allmendinger battled Marcos Ambrose for the win and won the race.
Multiple winners (drivers)
|# Wins||Driver||Years Won|
|5||Tony Stewart||2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009|
|4||Jeff Gordon||1997, 1998, 1999, 2001|
|3||Mark Martin||1993, 1994, 1995|
|2||Rusty Wallace||1987, 1989|
|Ricky Rudd||1988, 1990|
|Marcos Ambrose||2011, 2012|
|Kyle Busch||2008, 2013|
Multiple winners (teams)
|# Wins||Team||Years Won|
|6||Hendrick Motorsports||1986, 1990, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001|
|Joe Gibbs Racing||2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013|
|3||Roush Racing||1993, 1994, 1995|
|2||Blue Max Racing||1987, 1989|
|Richard Childress Racing||2003, 2006|
|Richard Petty Motorsports||2011, 2012|
|# Wins||Manufacturer||Years Won|
|17||Chevrolet||1957, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014|
|7||Ford||1965, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2011, 2012|
|4||Pontiac||1987, 1989, 1992, 2002|
- From 1990 to 1996 Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett were anywhere around the Watkins Glen track Benny was at turn 1 from 1990-1993 and 1996 befour being moved to the broadcasting booth in 1994 and missed the 1995 race due to illness so Dorsey Schroeder took over turn 1 in 1994 and Bill Weber took over turn 1 in 1995. Ned was at turn 5 from 1990-1994 and 1996 befour being moved to the broadcasting booth in 1995 so Dorsey Schroeder took over turn 5 in 1995.
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- Ratings/Viewership For Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Dating Back to 2000
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