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
2012 Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen program cover
2012 Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen program cover
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 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
Nielsen Ratings 4.449 million[3]

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.[4] Marcos Ambrose, from the Richard Petty Motorsports racing team, won the race ahead of Brad Keselowski. Jimmie Johnson finished in the third position. The race was most notable for a "chaotic" finish.[5]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Watkins Glen International, the road course where the race was held.

Watkins Glen International is one of two road courses to hold NASCAR races, the other being Sonoma Raceway.[6] The standard short road course at Watkins Glen International is a 7-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] Marcos Ambrose was the defending race winner after winning the race in 2011.[9]


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

Final Lap[edit]

With three laps to go and Kyle Busch leading, Bobby Labonte's number 47 suffered a drawn-out engine failure, leaving oil all around the track. Brad Keselowski passed Marcos Ambrose to challenge Busch for the final lap. Busch was losing traction from the oil, and slid up the racetrack, followed by Ambrose. Keselowski attempted to pass on the inside, blocked by Busch with car-to-car contact causing Busch to spin, leaving Keselowski in the lead with a damaged front quarter. Keselowski and Ambrose battled hard for first place, both driving through the grass to avoid more oil in turn 8. Ambrose took the flag, followed by Keselowski. Busch finished 7th.[5]

Race results[edit]

Fin[10][11] St # Driver Make Team Sponsor Laps Led Status Pts Winnings
1 5 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Richard Petty Motorsports Stanley, DeWalt 90 8 running 47 $259,558
2 4 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing Miller Lite 90 37 running 43 $187,180
3 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Hendrick Motorsports Lowe's Cortez Silver 90 0 running 41 $166,821
4 8 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing 5-hour Energy 90 0 running 40 $142,399
5 17 22 Sam Hornish, Jr. Dodge Penske Racing Shell, Pennzoil 90 0 running 0 $141,935
6 15 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing 3M 90 0 running 38 $109,610
7 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing M&M's 90 43 running 39 $140,968
8 24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing Ford EcoBoost 90 0 running 36 $127,771
9 13 78 Regan Smith Chevy Furniture Row Racing Furniture Row, Denver Mattress 90 0 running 35 $107,568
10 9 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing NAPA Auto Parts 90 0 running 34 $108,424
11 6 39 Ryan Newman Chevy Stewart-Haas Racing U.S. Army 90 0 running 33 $118,443
12 22 27 Paul Menard Chevy Richard Childress Racing Menards, Rheem 90 0 running 32 $85,610
13 20 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy Hendrick Motorsports Farmers Insurance 90 0 running 31 $83,935
14 18 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing Fastenal 90 1 running 31 $116,576
15 19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy Richard Childress Racing Budweiser Folds of Honor 90 0 running 29 $119,821
16 30 13 Casey Mears Ford Germain Racing GEICO 90 0 running 28 $89,093
17 21 95 Scott Speed Ford Leavine Family Racing Leavine Family Racing 90 0 running 27 $68,710
18 29 43 Aric Almirola Ford Richard Petty Motorsports Smithfield 90 0 running 26 $109,246
19 7 14 Tony Stewart Chevy Stewart-Haas Racing Office Depot, Mobil 1 90 0 running 25 $121,260
20 34 38 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports ModSpace 90 0 running 24 $87,068
21 12 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy Hendrick Motorsports Drive to End Hunger, AARP 90 0 running 23 $115,721
22 32 34 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports Scorpion Coatings, Al's Liners 90 0 running 22 $82,793
23 35 83 Landon Cassill Toyota BK Racing Burger King, Dr. Pepper 90 0 running 21 $97,155
24 42 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota BK Racing Burger King, Dr. Pepper 90 0 running 20 $93,082
25 25 32 Boris Said Ford FAS Lane Racing Hendrickcars.com 90 0 running 19 $78,835
26 39 33 Stephen Leicht Chevy Circle Sport Circle Sport 90 0 running 18 $79,560
27 26 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota JTG Daugherty Racing Miller Welders, Freightliner 90 0 running 17 $77,735
28 16 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy Hendrick Motorsports National Guard, Diet Mountain Dew 89 0 running 16 $77,485
29 36 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports Genny Light, AMFM Energy 88 0 running 0 $66,310
30 28 31 Jeff Burton Chevy Richard Childress Racing Caterpillar 84 0 running 14 $108,735
31 27 51 Kurt Busch Chevy Phoenix Racing Phoenix Racing 81 0 running 13 $78,010
32 14 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing The Home Depot 71 0 running 12 $76,285
33 1 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Target 63 1 crash 12 $101,526
34 23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing FedEx Freight 57 0 engine 10 $110,501
35 41 49 Jason Leffler Toyota Robinson-Blakeney Racing Robinson-Blakeney Racing 42 0 engine 0 $65,360
36 31 36 Dave Blaney Chevy Tommy Baldwin Racing TMone 41 0 suspension 8 $65,185
37 11 98 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing Traqm.com 30 0 rear gear 7 $65,055
38 38 26 Josh Wise Ford Front Row Motorsports Morristown Drivers Service 25 0 electrical 6 $64,853
39 10 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy Earnhardt Ganassi Racing McDonald's 24 0 crash 5 $93,008
40 37 10 J.J. Yeley Chevy Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin Racing 15 0 brakes 4 $61,845
41 40 19 Chris Cook Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing Humphrey Smith Racing 5 0 brakes 3 $61,680
42 43 30 Patrick Long Toyota Inception Motorsports Inception Motorsports 2 0 brakes 2 $61,555
43 33 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing MyClassicGarage.com, Aaron's 0 0 engine 1 $61,930

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Daily Preliminary Broadcast Cable Finals Broadcast Finals (2012-08-07). "Sunday Cable Ratings:'True Blood' Wins Night, 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Falling Skies', 'Breaking Bad', 'Army Wives', 'Leverage'& More – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Archived from the original on 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
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  6. ^ White, Rea (5 August 2010). "Road course races challenge the specialists". Fox Sports. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
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  8. ^ "Watkins Glen History". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
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  10. ^ "2012 Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen - The Third Turn". www.thethirdturn.com. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
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