Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

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Cheez-It 355 at The Glen
Cheez-It 355 at The Glen logo 2013.jpg
Venue Watkins Glen International
Sponsor Kellogg's
First race 1957
Distance 220.5 miles (354.86 km)
Laps 90
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[1] 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.

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.[2]

Past winners[edit]

The short course at Watkins Glen International.
Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1957 August 4 Buck Baker Buck Baker Chevrolet 44 101.2 (162.865) 1:13:06 83.064 Report
1958

1963
Not held
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
1966

1985
Not held
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)

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# 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)[edit]

# 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

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# 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
2 Toyota 2008, 2013
1 Mercury 1964
Buick 1988

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2014 ESPN Allen Bestwick Dale Jarrett
Andy Petree
2013
2012
2011
2010 Marty Reid
2009 Jerry Punch
2008
2007 Rusty Wallace
Andy Petree
2006 NBC Bill Weber Benny Parsons
Wally Dallenbach
2005
2004 TNT Allen Bestwick
2003 NBC
2002
2001
2000 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons
Ned Jarrett
1999
1998
1997
1996 Dorsey Schroeder
Benny Parsons (turn 1)
Ned Jarrett (turn 5)
1995 Ned Jarrett
Bill Weber (turn 1)
Dorsey Schroeder (turn 5)
1994 Benny Parsons
Dorsey Schroeder (turn 1)
Ned Jarrett (turn 5)
1993 Benny Parsons (turn 1)
Ned Jarrett (turn 5)
1992
1991
1990
1989
1988 Ned Jarrett
1987 Larry Nuber
1986 Rick Mears

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Stewart: We should run the long course, Racer Magazine, June 15, 2011.

External links[edit]


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