Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

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Cheez-It 355 at The Glen
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Venue Watkins Glen International
Location Watkins Glen, New York, United States
Corporate sponsor Cheez-It
First race 1957
Distance 220.5 miles (354.9 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)
Cheez-It 355 at the Glen (2013–)
Most wins (driver) Tony Stewart (5)
Most wins (team) Hendrick Motorsports
Joe Gibbs Racing (6)
Most wins (manufacturer) Chevrolet (17)
Circuit information
Surface Asphalt
Length 2.454 mi (3.949 km)
Turns 8

The Cheez-It 355 at The Glen is a 90-lap, 220.5-mile (354.9 km) annual NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car race held at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York, on the 2.45-mile (3.94 km) road course.[1] It is one of two road course races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, the other being the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

History[edit]

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]

ESPN at one time broadcast the race. NBC had the rights to broadcast the 2015 edition, which was aired on NBCSN, In 2016, the race was put on USA Network because of the 2016 Summer Olympics airing on NBC and NBCSN.

In 2015, more than 95,000 people watched the race.[3]

In 2017, the race will air on NBC, the first time since 2005.


Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race distance Race time Average speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1957 August 4 87 Buck Baker Buck Baker Chevrolet 44 101.2 (162.865) 1:13:06 83.064 Report
1958

1963
Not held
1964 July 19 1 Billy Wade Bud Moore Engineering Mercury 66 151.8 (244.298) 1:32:57 97.988 Report
1965 July 18 21 Marvin Panch Wood Brothers Racing Ford 66 151.8 (244.298) 1:32:46 98.182 Report
1966

1985
Not held
1986 August 10 25 Tim Richmond Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 218.52 (351.673) 2:12:56 90.463 Report
1987 August 10* 27 Rusty Wallace Blue Max Racing Pontiac 90 218.52 (351.673) 2:24:36 90.682 Report
1988 August 14 26 Ricky Rudd King Racing Buick 90 218.52 (351.673) 2:56:58 74.096 Report
1989 August 13 27 Rusty Wallace Blue Max Racing Pontiac 90 218.52 (351.673) 2:26:55 87.242 Report
1990 August 12 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 218.52 (351.673) 2:21:49 92.452 Report
1991 August 11 4 Ernie Irvan Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 90 218.52 (351.673) 2:12:28 98.977 Report
1992 August 9 42 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing Pontiac 51* 125.154 (201.415) 1:27:21 88.980 Report
1993 August 8 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:36:04 84.771 Report
1994 August 14 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:21:07 93.752 Report
1995 August 13 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:11:54 103.030 Report
1996 August 11 7 Geoffrey Bodine Geoff Bodine Racing Ford 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:23:17 92.334 Report
1997 August 10 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:24:55 91.294 Report
1998 August 9 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:20:03 94.466 Report
1999 August 15 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:30:49 87.722 Report
2000 August 13 1 Steve Park Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:24:51 91.336 Report
2001 August 12 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:28:31 89.081 Report
2002 August 11 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:40:56 82.208 Report
2003 August 10 31 Robby Gordon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:26:17 90.441 Report
2004 August 15 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:23:25 92.249 Report
2005 August 14 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 92* 225.4 (362.746) 2:35:48 86.804 Report
2006 August 13 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:52:27 76.718 Report
2007 August 12 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:50:38 77.535 Report
2008 August 10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:16:11 97.148 Report
2009 August 10* 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:26:31 90.297 Report
2010 August 8 42 Juan Pablo Montoya* Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:23:52 91.960 Report
2011 August 15 9 Marcos Ambrose* Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 92* 225.4 (362.746) 2:16:02 99.417 Report
2012 August 12 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:14:48 98.145 Report
2013 August 11 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:32:04 87.001 Report
2014 August 10 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:26:48 90.123 Report
2015 August 9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:24:43 91.42 Report
2016 August 7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90 220.5 (354.86) 2:27:48 89.513 Report
  • 1987, 2009, & 2011: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
  • 1992: Race shortened due to rain.
  • 2005 & 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: 90 laps (218.52 miles) of a 2.428-mile (3.907 km) course
  • 1992–present: 90 laps (220.5 miles) of a 2.45-mile (3.94 km) course with the addition of the Inner Loop chicane

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# of 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]

# of wins Team Years won
7 Joe Gibbs Racing 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2016
6 Hendrick Motorsports 1986, 1990, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
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]

# of wins Manufacturer Years won
17 Chevrolet 1957, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014
8 Ford 1965, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2011, 2012, 2015
4 Pontiac 1987, 1989, 1992, 2002
3 Toyota 2008, 2013, 2016
1 Mercury 1964
Buick 1988

Race summaries[edit]

  • 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 J. D. McDuffie during a crash on lap 5.
  • 1995: Wally Dallenbach Jr. appeared to have had the win wrapped up, but a caution with 9 laps to go resulted in him being passed by former teammate Mark Martin on a final restart.
  • 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 final restart.
  • 2004: A very sick Tony Stewart gutted through a sinus infection, food poisoning and 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.
  • 2009: Tony Stewart won his record 5th Watkins Glen race.
  • 2010: Juan Pablo Montoya ended a 113 race winless streak and won in dominating fashion, beating Marcos Ambrose for the win, thus making him the first foreign-born driver to win multiple NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
  • 2011: Marcos Ambrose's first career Cup series victory.
  • 2012: Oil dropped on the track by Bobby Labonte led to a dramatic finish after the caution was not called. Leader Kyle Busch lost control and spun off the bumper of Brad Keselowski in the Esses on the final lap, leaving Keselowski and Ambrose to battle both each other and the adverse track conditions, banging off of and passing each other several times during the lap. Ambrose won the race after Keselowski got loose in the oil off turn eleven and backed out of the throttle.
  • 2014: A. J. Allmendinger won his first Sprint Cup victory, after a lengthy marathon that included two red flags for track repair caused by serious accidents: the first for a severe accident in which Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell crashed in the exit to turn 5, which saw McDowell's rear wheel housing break off and puncture a hole in the Armco barriers, and a second one caused by Denny Hamlin crashing into the gravel barrels at the entrance to pit road.
  • 2015: An accordion wreck happened on the front stretch, fluid was on the track, which led to a nine-minute three second red flag to facilitate cleanup on the track, A.J. Allmendinger's car lost power, and came to a stop past turn 10. Joey Logano took advantage of fuel problems for Kevin Harvick and won his first Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen and second of the season.
  • 2016: Denny Hamlin passed Martin Truex Jr. late in the race to win his first road course victory and avenging his 2007 runner-up at the Glen. On the final lap, Truex got spun by Brad Keselowski and finished 8th while Kyle Larson expressed discontent with AJ Allmendinger for spinning him on the final lap as well. Truex and Larson both voiced their displeasure with their adversaries through slight contact with Keselowski & Allmendinger after the race ended, during the cool-down lap.

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
1986 ESPN Bob Jenkins Rick Mears
1987 Larry Nuber
1988 Ned Jarrett
1989 Benny Parsons
Ned Jarrett
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994 Benny Parsons
Dorsey Schroeder
Ned Jarrett
1995 Ned Jarrett
Bill Weber
Dorsey Schroeder
1996 Benny Parsons
Ned Jarrett
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001 NBC Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons
Wally Dallenbach
2002
2003
2004 TNT
2005 NBC Bill Weber
2006
2007 ESPN Jerry Punch Rusty Wallace
Andy Petree
2008 Dale Jarrett
Andy Petree
2009
2010 Marty Reid
2011 Allen Bestwick
2012
2013
2014
2015 NBCSN Rick Allen Jeff Burton
Steve Letarte
2016 USA
  • From 1990 to 1996 Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett were anywhere around the Watkins Glen track. Parsons was at turn 1 from 1990 to 1993 and 1996 before 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. Jarrett was at turn 5 from 1990 to 1994 and 1996 before being moved to the broadcasting booth in 1995, so Schroeder took over turn 5 in 1995. Also, in 1999, Parsons didn't go to the race track due to eye problems, but acted as a color commentator from his home in North Carolina via calling in by telephone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uncommonly calm race at The Glen could shape 16-driver Chase field". Fox Sports, Tom Jensen Aug 9, 2015
  2. ^ Stewart: We should run the long course, Racer Magazine, June 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Record crowd flocked to Cheez-It 355 at The Glen". Star-Gazette, Ron Levanduski, August 11, 2015

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