WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — A huge roar went up at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver’s meeting Sunday morning when it was announced that grandstand seating for the Go Bowling At The Glen race at Watkins Glen International had sold out for the fourth straight year.
That coincides perfectly with the announcement by the track that they have been chosen as the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice ‘Best NASCAR Track. WGI President Michael Printup says all of the credit goes to the great fans of the facility and the events.
“They were sharing this contest across all forms of social media, voting from multiple devices and making sure that The Glen came out on top. We’d also like to thank our elected officials for their constant support, including Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Plamesano, who were instrumental in spreading the word about this vote.”
Denny Hamlin will start from the pole in today’s 33rd Annual event with his Fedex Ground Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, his 27th Busch Pole Award in 456 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races. It was his first pole of the season and first ever at The Glen.
Joey Logano, winner of yesterday’s Xfinity Series race, will start sixth in his Shell Pennzoil Team Penske Ford. “We didn’t have the speed to get the pole, but I just didn’t go fast enough on the last one. Overall, we pressed as hard as we could. We made our car better and it’s got short-run speed, but it falls off. Hopefully we made the right changes for the race.”
A mild surprise in qualifying was Michael McDowell’s twelfth place effort with his K-Love Radio Front Row Motorsports Ford. McDowell was pleased with the run. “It was a great day,” he said. “I’m happy for everyone at Front Row Motorsports. The K-LOVE Radio Ford was fast, but we just missed the carousel a little bit on that last lap and gave up a few tenths, but I was pushing hard. Obviously, I knew at that point the worst we could start was twelfth, so I wanted to try and get as much as we could. I probably just tried to get a bit toom uch, but it’s been a good weekend so far. Hopefully, we’ll cap it off.”
Logano’s Xfinity Series victory in the Zippo 200 on Saturday came with a late race pass of teammate Brad Keselowski. A.J. Allmendinger, driving the GMS Racing No. 23, finished second followed by Justin Allgaier, Ryan Preece and Aric Almirola.
Brett Moffitt won Friday’s Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at The Glen. Will Rodgers, Scott Heckert, Spencer Davis and rookie Sam Mayer, in his first ever stock car road race, rounded out the top five.
Today’s Go Bowling At The Glen is scheduled to take the green at 3 pm on NBC.
WGI PR contributed to this story.