At Watkins Glen International:
· After several events were held on the streets of Watkins Glen, a permanent facility was opened in 1956.
· The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen was in 1957, won by Buck Baker (83.064 mph, 08/04/1957).
· After a six-year absence, NASCAR returned to The Glen in 1964 and 1965.
· Then after a 21-year absence, the NASCAR Cup Series returned to The Glen, and has run one race a year there since 1986.
· The first NASCAR Grand National race at Watkins Glen was scheduled for 101.2-miles in 1957, the second race was 161.7-miles (1964) and the third race was 151.8-miles (1965). Every race since has been scheduled for 220.5-miles.
· The famous road course underwent a repave in 2015.
· There have been 35 NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, one race per season.
· 268 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen; 165 in more than one.
· Jeff Gordon leads the series all-time in starts at Watkins Glen with 24.
· Matt Kenseth leads all active series drivers in starts at WGI with 17; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick with 16 each.
· Tony Stewart (16 starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Watkins Glen with a 5.875.
· Jimmie Johnson (15 starts) leads the series among active drivers in average starting position at WGI with a 7.400.
· Driver/owner Buck Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Watkins Glen in 1957 with a speed of 87.071 mph. He went on to win the inaugural race from the pole.
· 20 NASCAR Cup drivers have Coors Light poles at Watkins Glen, led by NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon with three each.
· Five drivers have won multiple poles in the NASCAR Cup Series at WGI – none are currently active.
· Mark Martin is the only NASCAR Cup Series driver to post consecutive Coors Light poles at Watkins Glen (three) – 1993, 1994, and 1995.
· Youngest Watkins Glen pole winner: Kyle Busch (08/15/2011 – 26 years, 3 months, 13 days).
· Oldest Watkins Glen pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (08/13/1989 – 47 years, 10 months, 1 day).
· Seven different manufacturers have won at least one MENCS Coors Light pole at Watkins Glen; led by Chevrolet with 14 poles, followed by Ford (8), Toyota (3), Dodge, Mercury, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac (one each).
22 different NASCAR Cup drivers have won at Watkins Glen International, led by Tony Stewart with five wins; followed by Jeff Gordon with four.
· Kyle Busch leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in wins at WGI with two.
· Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup Series in road course wins with nine (Sonoma, five; Watkins Glen, four); Tony Stewart has the second most road course wins all-time with eight (Watkins Glen, five; Sonoma, three).
· Kyle Busch leads the NASCAR Cup Series in road course wins among active drivers with four (two at Sonoma – 2008, 2015, and two at Watkins Glen – 2008, 2013).
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison holds the series record for the most wins at a single road course track with six at Riverside International Raceway.
· Four series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Watkins Glen, including three consecutive by Mark Martin (1993, ’94, ‘95) and Jeff Gordon (1997, ’98, ‘99). The other two drivers to win consecutive races at Watkins Glen are Tony Stewart (2004, ’05) and Marcos Ambrose (2011, ’12).
· Youngest Watkins Glen winner: Kyle Busch (08/10/2008 – 23 years, 3 months, 8 days).
· Oldest Watkins Glen winner: Geoff Bodine (08/11/1996 – 47 years, 3 months, 24 days).
· Joe Gibbs Racing leads the series in wins at Watkins Glen International with seven victories - Tony Stewart (four: 2002, ’04, ’05, ‘07), Kyle Busch (two: 2008, ‘13) and Denny Hamlin (one: 2016).
· Nine of the 35 (26.5%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Kyle Busch in 2008.
· The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (nine) than any other starting position at Watkins Glen.
· 11 of the 35 (32.4%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen have been won from the front row: nine from the pole and two from second-place.
· 22 of the 35 (61.8%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-five starting position.
· 25 of the 35 (70.6%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen have been won from a top-10 starting position.
· None of the NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Watkins Glen is 18th, by Steve Park in 2000.
· Six different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup series at Watkins Glen; led by Chevrolet with 17 victories; followed by Ford with eight, Pontiac with four, Toyota with four and Buick and Mercury each have one.
· Three NASCAR Cup Series drivers posted their first career win at Watkins Glen: Steve Park (08/13/2000), Marcos Ambrose (08/15/11) and AJ Allmendinger (08/11/14).
· All five of the active series winners at Watkins Glen participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane.
· Joey Logano (2015) competed at Watkins Glen six times before winning; the longest span of any the five active series winners.
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen without visiting Victory Lane at 16 each.
Additional Finishing Position Stats
· Brad Keselowski and Mark Martin lead the series in runner-up finishes at Watkins Glen with three each.
· Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Watkins Glen with 12; followed by Ricky Rudd with eight. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in top-five finishes at WGI with five.
· Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Watkins Glen with 16; followed by Tony Stewart with 11. Kyle Busch leads all active series drivers in top 10s at WGI with 10; followed by Jimmie Johnson with eight.
· Scott Pruett leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Watkins Glen with a 5.800.
· AJ Allmendinger leads all active series drivers in average finishing position at WGI with a 9.375.
Track/Event Specific Stats
· Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993) the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen is the 2001 race won by Jeff Gordon over Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.172 second.
· Top five closest Margins of Victory in the NASCAR Cup series at WGI: