Together with Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking trophies from the last two Cup Series races, the next member of the”Big 3,” Martin Truex Jr., will feel his period to win is this weekend in Watkins Glen International (WGI).

Truex is the defending winner in Watkins Glen and contains top-10 finishes in his past two races and seven top 10s in 12 total begins on the street program. Problem is, no current driver has ever accomplished a repeat win in The Glen. Marcos Ambrose, who returned in his native Australia to race, is the last to win races here.

Harvick, kyle Busch and Truex would be the 3 favorites not just to hoist the Cup Series trophy in November but also to win.

Maybe no one gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s road course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, that hit his playoff ticket at the track in 2014. This week, allmendinger opened to take the checkers.

Allmendinger has six top-10 finishes in his last seven races at The Glen and has accomplished the impressive job of finishing every lap (812) of each race he has competed in there.

Race setup
Distance: 220.5 kilometers (90 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20), Phase 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Closing Stage (Ends on Lap 90).

The track

Watkins Glen, located in upstate New York, is a 7-turn, 2.45-mile street course that recently got a repave. While the road-course is similar to Sonoma Raceway, it is relatively flat with fewer twists, which makes it a faster route than its California sister.

Recent winners
2017: Martin Truex Jr..
2016: Denny Hamlin
2015: Joey Logano
2014: AJ Allmendinger
2013: Kyle Busch

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