August 6, 2017
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, New York
First race: 1957
Distance: 220.5 miles (354.86 km)
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 (2013–2016)
NASCAR Sprint Cup action gets serious when the Watkins Glen 355 (formerly: Cheez-it 355 at The Glen, Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen, Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen and Centurion Boats at the Glen) hits Watkins Glen International.
Road races are some of the most challenging on the NASCAR circuit and the track at Watkins Glen International tests the skills of any and all who take it on. The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen is one of the most prestigious races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for stock cars.
Even though the recent history of this race only goes back to 1986, NASCAR did come to the track periodically in the 1950s and 1960s. Back in 1957, stock cars made their first appearance with Buck Baker taking home the $1,000 first prize. That’s probably not enough to buy a tire on today’s cars, and luckily for the drivers the purse money has been increased significantly to the $250,000 range for the winner.
Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, and Tony Stewart have all won this race multiple times. Chevrolet cars have won the race nine of the last ten times, as of Kevin Harvick's 2006 victory.
Watkins Glen International, also known as "The Glen", is an auto mobile race track located in Watkins Glen, New York, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake, it is a 2.45-mile-long (4 km) road course similar to Sonoma Raceway, which is also 1.99-mile-long (3 km), The sports car racing facility belongs to International Speedway Corporation.
Watkins Glen with only a seating capacity of about 41,000, this 90-lap race is also among the most unique NASCAR events as it is run at the historic Watkins Glen International in New York. The 3.4-mile Grand Prix road course features 11 turns, in stark contrast to the traditional oval that most NASCAR races are contested on.
2016 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Winner: Denny Hamlin
2015 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Winner: Joey Logano
2014 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Winner: A. J. Allmendinger
2013 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Winner
Kyle Busch survived a succession of restarts in the final 15 laps of Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International, Kyle Busch edged Brad Keselowski for the victory in a two-lap shootout.
2012 Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen Winner
Australian driver Marcos Ambrose wins the 2012 Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen again at Watkins Glen. Ambrose drove his No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford past a slick and slippery scene involving two other drivers to achieve this NASCAR victory for the second time in a row.
2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Winner
Marcos Ambrose won the 26th Annual Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2011 in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Winner
Juan Pablo Montoya dominated 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen race for his first win of the year. Following Montoya and Busch to the drop of the checkered flag were Marcos Ambrose finishing in third, A.J. Allmendinger finishing fourth, Carl Edwards fifth, Jamie McMurray sixth, Tony Stewart seventh, Kyle Busch eighth, Jeff Burton ninth and Jeff Gordon rounds out the top-ten finishers.