NASCAR at Watkins Glen: Odds, stats, bets to consider for road-course race

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With Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch taking decorations in the last two Cup Series races, the next member of this »Big 3, » Martin Truex Jr., will feel his time to win is this weekend in Watkins Glen International (WGI).

Truex is the defending winner at Watkins Glen and contains top-10 finishes in his last two races there, and seven top 10s in 12 total starts on the street program. Problem is, no driver has accomplished a repeat win in The Glen. Marcos Ambrose, who returned to race in his native Australia, is the last to win races in 2011-12.

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

Perhaps no one gets as excited about Watkins Glen’s street course as veteran A.J. Allmendinger, who hit his playoff ticket at the track in 2014. Allmendinger opened at 25/1 odds to take the checkers this past week.

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

Race setup
Distance: 220.5 miles (90 Laps); Period 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 road route that recently underwent a repave. Though the road-course is very similar to Sonoma Raceway, it’s relatively flat with fewer twists, making 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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