Well firstly it’s good to be back, in some respects. After the motherboard of my computer died, I was using a tablet to get by, and I’m now typing this from a notebook computer gifted by a family member. It’s missing the top of the D button, there is an issue with brightness, plus sometimes my typing will suddenly fly to the cursor and erase what I’ve done, and I can’t do any podcasts without the right interface. But…..it’s definitely a blessing to have a notebook in the first place.
Kinda sad that Tony Stewart is seemingly planning to drive today’s Cheez-It 355 At The Glen. And it does seem ‘business as usual’ that NASCAR will just sweep this death of Kevin Ward Jr.under the proverbial rug. There have been many wrong things involving NASCAR, and this just continues the pattern.
I’m here to give you stats on how current Sprint Cup drivers fare at Watkins Glen. I’m glad they continue to race on this testy road course. There should be more road courses in the mix. Maybe 1 or 2 more.
Starts: Polesitter Jeff Gordon makes start #22 at The Glen, leading all active drivers. Joe Nemechek starts 40th and makes start #19, 2nd most active. All others have no more than 15.
Wins: Ironically it’s Tony Stewart who has mastered this track, with 5 wins in 14 starts. Gordon is 4-21, Marcos Ambrose 2-6 (!). Kyle Busch 2-9. Nemechek is winless in 18, as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr and Matt Kenseth, 0-14 here.
Top 5: Stewart leads here too, 7-14. Other top contenders: Ambrose is an amazing 5-6. Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch are 4-9, Brad Keselowski 3-4, and Juan Pablo Montoya 3-9. Kenseth and Nemechek are yet to reach the top 5 at The Glen.
Top 10: Stewart 10-14, Ambrose 5-6, Kyle Busch 8-9, Edwards 6-9, JPM 5-7, Ambrose 5-6. Kasey Kahne, starting 30th, is 0-10, sharing that mark with Paul Menard, who has a better shot while starting 20th.
Laps turned without win: Nemecheck, 1440, followed by Kenseth (starting 8th) at 1263, Dale Jr at 1165, and Ryan Newman, starting 10th, with 1083
Laps led without win: Kurt Busch 62, Dale Jr 46, Keselowski 39. Interestingly, Kevin Harvick scored his lone win while leading just 37 laps.
Best improvement on start position at finish: Keselowski (7.5), Ambrose (4.4), Edwards (4.1), Martin Truex Jr. (4.4), Paul Menard (4.7), Reed Sorenson (5.3)
Running at finish: Best perfect scores: Stewart, Kenseth are 14-14, Harvick 13-13, Ryan Newman 12-12.
Lead lap finish: Stewart 14-14, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards 9-9.
Here’s my top 5:
3 AJ Allmendinger