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Track facts for Watkins Glen International:

* Number of previous races: 36.
* First Cup race: August 4, 1957, won by Buck Baker.
* Last Cup race: August 5, 2018, won by Chase Elliott.
* Won from pole: 9, last time by Kyle Busch in 2008.
* Won from top-5 starting position: 23 times in 36 races (64%).
* Won from top-10 starting position: 27 times (75%).
* Won from 21st or worse starting position: 0 times (0%).
* Worst starting spot for race winner: 18th, by Steve Park in 2000.
* Most laps led: 83, by Tony Stewart in 2005.
* Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Joey Logano in 2015. 

Track records:

* Fastest race: 104.132 mph by Martin Truex, Jr. in 2017.
* Fastest qualifying speed: 129.466 mph by Jeff Gordon in 2014.
* Most lead changes: 14 in 1991, 2006 and 2011.
* Closest finish: Jeff Gordon's .172 second margin over Jeff Burton in 2001.
* Most caution flags: 10 in 2006.
* From 2014-2018 a typical Watkins Glen race had 8.0 lead changes, 5.2 cautions for 14.4 laps, and an average green-flag run of 12.2 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

* Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 18, Ford 8, Pontiac 4, Toyota 4, Buick 1, Mercury 1.
* Most victories by owner: Joe Gibbs 7, Rick Hendrick 7, Jack Roush 3, Raymond Beadle 2, Richard Childress 2, Richard Petty Motorsports 2. 

Driver Notes:
* The most Watkins Glen races without a:

  Active Drivers All-Time
Win: Kurt Busch (18 races) Terry Labonte, Michael Waltrip (22 races)
Top 5: Paul Menard (15) Sterling Marlin, Joe Nemechek (19)
Top 10: Paul Menard (15)  
Pole: Kevin Harvick (18) Michael Waltrip (22)
Lap led: Paul Menard (15)  
Lead-lap finish: Six drivers (1) J.D. McDuffie (6)

 

* Top career marks at Watkins Glen:

  Active Drivers All-Time
Races: Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick (18) Jeff Gordon (24)
Wins: Kyle Busch (2) Tony Stewart (5)
Top 5s: Kyle Busch (6) Mark Martin (12)
Top 10s: Kyle Busch (12) Mark Martin (16)
Poles: Kyle Busch (2) D. Earnhardt, J. Gordon, M. Martin (3)
Laps: Kevin Harvick (1,589) Jeff Gordon (2,075)
Laps led: Kyle Busch (247) Jeff Gordon (262)
Lead-lap finishes: Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman (15) Mark Martin (21)

 

Best average finish among active drivers at Watkins Glen (3 or more starts):
1. Chase Elliott (9.0)
2. Kyle Busch (9.4)
3. Martin Truex, Jr. (11.3)
4. Brad Keselowski (11.4)
5. Ryan Blaney (13.0)
6. Kevin Harvick (13.3)
7. Clint Bowyer (14.0)
8. Kyle Larson (14.8)
9. Kurt Busch (16.2)
10. Joey Logano (16.3)

Worst average finish among active drivers at Watkins Glen (3 or more starts):
1. J.J. Yeley (32.6)
2. Matt DiBenedetto (30.2)
3. Landon Cassill (29.3)
4. Michael McDowell (29.2)
5. Austin Dillon (27.2)
6. Alex Bowman (26.3)
7. David Ragan (25.8)
8. Reed Sorenson (25.0)
9. Chris Buescher (24.5)
10. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (24.3)

 Current top-10 drivers at Watkins Glen:

Driver Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led AvSt AvFin Rating
Joey Logano 10 1 3 5 0 792 9 14.2 16.3 78.9
Kyle Busch 14 2 6 12 2 1,243 247 7.1 9.4 111.8
Kevin Harvick 18 1 3 9 0 1,589 66 13.5 13.3 89.8
Denny Hamlin 13 1 3 6 1 1,092 12 13.2 17.3 87.9
Martin Truex, Jr. 13 1 5 8 0 1,172 34 14.0 11.3 97.9
Brad Keselowski 9 0 4 5 0 807 114 12.6 11.4 99.4
Kurt Busch 18 0 3 9 1 1,520 65 14.1 16.2 92.8
Chase Elliott 3 1 1 1 0 270 61 7.7 9.0 110.6
Aric Almirola 8 0 0 0 0 687 0 24.2 24.2 56.3
Ryan Blaney 3 0 0 1 0 270 2 15.3 13.0 81.9

Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

Other notable Driver Ratings at Watkins Glen: Jimmie Johnson (91.1), Kyle Larson (86.1), Jamie McMurray (84.1), Clint Bowyer (83.0).