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2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen
Race details[1][2][3][4]
Race 22 of 36 in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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Date August 8, 2010 (2010-08-08)
Location Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York
Course Permanent racing facility
2.454 mi (5.43 km)
Distance 90 laps, 220.5 mi (354.9 km)
Weather Mostly sunny with a high around 84; wind out of the SSW at 6 mph. Chance of precipitation: 10%.
Average speed 91.967 miles per hour (148.007 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Roush Fenway Racing
Time 1:10.882
Most laps led
Driver Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Laps 74
Winner
No. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree
Nielsen Ratings
  • 3.6 (rating)
  • 4.931 million[5]

The 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on August 8, 2010 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Contested over 90 laps, it was the twenty-second race of the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season and the second of two road course competitions on the schedule. The race was won by Juan Pablo Montoya, for the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team. Kurt Busch finished second, and Marcos Ambrose, who started eleventh, clinched third.

Conditions were sunny at the start of the race. Pole position driver Carl Edwards maintained his lead on the first lap, but Jamie McMurray, who had started in the second position on the grid, took the lead before the fifth lap was over. Afterward, Montoya became the leader and would eventually lead a total of 74 laps, more than any other driver. During the final twenty laps, Montoya maintained the lead after multiple cautions. During the final lap, Kurt Busch was gaining on Montoya, but Montoya maintained his position to win his first race of the season.

There were five cautions and ten lead changes among five different drivers throughout the course of the race. Montoya's win was his first of the season and the second of his career. The result moved him up two spots to nineteenth in the Drivers' Championship, 774 points behind of leader Kevin Harvick and 35 ahead of Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, twenty-seven points ahead of Toyota and fifty-six ahead of Ford, with fourteen races remaining in the season.

Race report[edit]

Background[edit]

Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen International is one of two road courses to hold NASCAR races, the other being Infineon Raceway.[6] The standard short road course at Watkins Glen International is an 11-turn course that is 2.45 miles (3.94 km) long;[7] 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).[8]

Before the race, Kevin Harvick led the Drivers' Championship with 3,080 points, and Jeff Gordon stood in second with 2,891. Denny Hamlin was third in the Drivers' Championship with 2,820 points, Jimmie Johnson was fourth with 2,803, and Jeff Burton was in fifth with 2,757.[9] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 149 points, 22 points ahead of their rival Toyota. Ford, with 99 points, was 12 points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third.[10]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Two practice sessions were held before the Sunday race—both on Friday. The first session lasted 110 minutes, and the Friday afternoon session ran for 80 minutes.[11] During the first practice session, Greg Biffle was the quickest with a time of 1:12.205.[12] Hamlin and Paul Menard followed in the second and third positions, but were ahead of Burton and Kurt Busch in fourth and fifth.[12] In the Friday afternoon practice session, Biffle remained the quickest with a fastest lap time of 1:11.092.[13] Juan Pablo Montoya followed in the second position, less than a second faster than Marcos Ambrose and Kurt Busch in third and fourth.[13] Harvick placed fifth with a fastest lap time three-tenths of a second off Biffle's pace.[13] Tony Stewart, who won this race in 2009, only managed sixth.[13]

Carl Edwards clinched his fifth career pole position with a time of 1:10.882

During qualifying, forty-six cars were entered, but only forty-three were able to race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[14] Carl Edwards clinched his fifth career pole position, with a time of 1:10.882.[15] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Jamie McMurray.[15] Montoya qualified third, A. J. Allmendinger took fourth, and Kurt Busch started fifth, after being scored fourth in the practice sessions.[15] The three drivers that did not qualify were J. J. Yeley, Dave Blaney, and Tony Ave.[15]

Race summary[edit]

The race, the twenty-second out of a total of thirty-six in the season, began at 1 p.m. EDT and was televised live in the United States on ESPN.[1] Conditions were sunny with a high of 80 °F (27 °C), making the track potentially slippery.[16] Dan Fife, of Bentley Creek Weslyan Church, began pre-race ceremonies, by giving the invocation. Next, American Idol runner-up, Bo Bice performed the national anthem, and Heluva Good! senior vice president of operations, Scott Blake gave the command for drivers to start their engines.[16] During the pace laps, Kyle Busch had to go to pit lane because of problems with his race car.[16]

Edwards held the lead going through the first corner with McMurray behind him. Going through the esses McMurray ran Edwards off track, but Edwards remained the leader. Edwards vacated the first position was filled by McMurray after Edwards reported that his car was tight. On lap 5, Biffle moved into the fourth position, as Elliott Sadler made a scheduled pit stop for fuel.[16] One lap later, Montoya passed McMurray for the first position.[3] On lap 9, Allmendinger passed McMurray for the second position.[3] Afterward, Ambrose passed Edwards for fourth.[3]

Juan Pablo Montoya led the most laps with 74 and won the race.

On the 24, Ambrose emerged in second, and would end up right behind Montoya six laps later.[17] On the same lap, the first full course caution was given because P. J. Jones stalled on the track.[18]

On lap 41, Ambrose emerged in the first position, after passing Montoya.[17] Two laps later, the second caution was given because Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek were involved in an accident in the Inner Loop.[18] On the restart, Ambrose led, but going through turn one, Ambrose fell to the fourth position, as Montoya became the leader. Afterward, Ambrose passed Allmendinger for the third position. On lap 49, Martin Truex Jr. had a tire rubbing against the car, which caused him to spin as the race resumed. Ambrose moved into the second position, after passing Kurt Busch. By lap 56, Montoya's lead had dropped under one second ahead of Ambrose. Green flag pit stops began on lap 57, as Clint Bowyer drove to pit lane. Next, Harvick and Hamlin had their pit stops. On lap 60, Montoya and Ambrose made pit stops,[17] as Ryan Newman became the leader.[18] One lap later, Bowyer drove to the garage, as the third caution waved because of debris from his car.[17][18]

On lap 65, Montoya led to the green flag. Two laps later, Boris Said spun and collided with the guardrail, which prompted the fourth caution to come out.[17][18] The green flag waved on lap 70 with Montoya the leader, but the fifth caution came out two laps later, as Johnson spun sideways, and collided with the wall.[17] The accident also involved Hamlin, who collided with Johnson.[17] The green flag waved on lap 75 with Montoya leading the field back up to speed.[18] On lap 77, Ambrose emerged in second, after passing Kurt Busch.[17] Montoya, however, maintained the lead all the way to take his second win of his NASCAR career. Kurt Busch followed in second, ahead Ambrose in third, Allmendinger in fourth, and Edwards in fifth.[17] The race had a total of five cautions and ten lead changes among five different drivers.[3]

Post-race[edit]

"We've lost a lot of them, gave away a lot of them. It gets frustrating, everybody fighting. There's so many things I have to learn. I still make a lot of mistakes. It's experience. We've just got to learn from it."

Montoya speaking after the race.[17]

Montoya appeared in Victory Lane after his victory lap to start celebrating his first win of the season, and his second in his career. His win broke a 113 race losing streak, which started in 2007.[17][19] Following his win, he added, "The last few weeks have been really frustrating for the whole team because we’ve been so close to victory. (It) seemed to keep slipping away."[19]

Following the race, Kurt Busch stated, "To come up short just to Montoya, to beat Ambrose, racing with those two world-class guys, it was fun. I learned quite a bit."[19] In the subsequent press conference, Montoya said, "Last year, we were so hung up on making the Chase that it was all about numbers, it wasn't about being fast or slow."[17] After his third-place finish, Ambrose stated: "We tried hard all day. Juan drove a heck of a race. He wasn't giving me anything. I just wore out everything trying to pass him. He's really hard to pass. It's going to be a big battle. I'm going to see if I can force him into a mistake. I just want to be clean until the end."[17]

After expressing his win, Montoya said, "I think from Day One we worked so hard to bring the performance of the cars to where they are now. I think that really has helped. It’s been frustrating because you could see the performance get better and better. Even last year in the Chase, (I) finished second, finished third, finished second, finished third. That freaking win would never come, so it was getting frustrating."[19] The race result left Harvick leading the Drivers' Championship with 3,210 points.[20] Jeff Gordon, who finished tenth, was second on 3,025, 130 points ahead of Burton and 133 ahead of Kurt Busch.[20] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet maintained their lead with 158 points.[10] Toyota remained second with 131 points.[10] Ford followed with 102 points, nine points ahead of Dodge in fourth.[10] A total of 90,000 people attended the race,[18] while 4.931 million watched it on television.[5]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying results
Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1:10.882 124.432
2 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:11.236 123.814
3 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:11.302 123.699
4 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 1:11.348 123.619
5 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 1:11.403 123.524
6 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 1:11.458 123.429
7 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1:11.469 123.410
8 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 1:11.493 123.369
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:11.518 123.326
10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:11.571 123.234
11 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 1:11.611 123.165
12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 1:11.648 123.102
13 83 Boris Said Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 1:11.662 123.078
14 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:11.744 122.937
15 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 1:11.795 122.850
16 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:11.834 122.783
17 26 Patrick Carpentier Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford 1:11.921 122.635
18 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:11.952 122.582
19 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 1:11.965 122.560
20 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1:11.990 122.517
21 36 Ron Fellows Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 1:12.095 122.339
22 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1:12.113 122.308
23 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 1:12.126 122.286
24 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:12.171 122.210
25 56 Martin Truex Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 1:12.325 121.950
26 55 Michael McDowell Prism Motorsports Toyota 1:12.413 121.801
27 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 1:12.419 121.791
28 13 Max Papis Germain Racing Toyota 1:12.461 121.721
29 09 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 1:12.525 121.613
30 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 1:12.576 121.528
31 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1:12.406 121.406
32 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 1:12.650 121.404
33 71 Andy Lally TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 1:12.689 121.339
34 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1:12.728 121.274
35 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1:12.885 121.013
36 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 1:13.135 120.599
37 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 1:13.171 120.540
38 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 1:13.202 120.489
39 07 P. J. Jones Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 1:13.341 120.260
40 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:13.396 120.170
41 37 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 1:14.126 118.987
42 34 Kevin Conway Front Row Motorsports Ford 1:14.561 118.292
43 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 1:13.370 120.213
Failed to qualify
44 46 J. J. Yeley Whitney Motorsports Dodge 1:13.876 119.389
45 66 Dave Blaney Prism Motorsports Toyota 1:13.957 119.258
46 35 Tony Ave Tri-Star Motorsports Chevrolet 1:14.062 119.089
Source:[15]

Race results[edit]

Race results
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 3 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 90 195
2 5 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 90 170
3 11 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 90 170
4 4 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 90 160
5 1 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 90 155
6 2 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 90 155
7 6 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 90 146
8 10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90 142
9 22 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 90 138
10 16 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 134
11 20 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 90 130
12 19 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 90 132
13 31 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 90 124
14 12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 90 121
15 25 56 Martin Truex Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 90 118
16 23 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 90 115
17 36 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 90 112
18 33 71 Andy Lally TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 90 109
19 24 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 111
20 32 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 90 103
21 17 26 Patrick Carpentier Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford 90 100
22 28 13 Max Papis Germain Racing Toyota 90 97
23 30 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 90 94
24 7 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 90 91
25 35 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 90 88
26 40 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 85
27 43 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 90 82
28 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 79
29 38 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 90 76
30 41 37 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 90 73
31 42 34 Kevin Conway Front Row Motorsports Ford 90 70
32 34 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 89 67
33 18 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 88 64
34 27 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 84 61
35 29 09 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 84 58
36 15 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 72 55
37 14 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 70 52
38 13 83 Boris Said Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 65 49
39 37 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 54 46
40 21 36 Ron Fellows Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 46 43
41 39 07 P. J. Jones Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 36 40
42 26 55 Michael McDowell Prism Motorsports Toyota 35 37
43 8 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 28 34

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top twelve positions are included for the Drivers' Championship standings.

References[edit]

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