Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sprint Cup 2012: Race 22: Road Racing at Watkins Glen

No subject is more hotly debated among NASCAR fans than road racing. Some see it as a total distraction from the real competition. For some it’s a nice diversion – a trip to wine country in California in June and then Watkins Glen in upstate New York in August – how quaint to see the mighty Sprint Cup cars turning both left and right, Some are dead serious that it plays an important part of testing who the true champions are and that a road race should be included in The Chase. We propose another idea. Keep things the way they are and use road racing as a means to create more of an identity for the Nationwide series which has three road races right now, Road America in Wisconsin, Watkins Glen, and next week they cross the border in to Montreal. How about adding a couple more races to the Saturday series so it develops more of its own personality and that road racing requires its own battery of skills, some drivers could realy prosper in that format.

Juan Montoya earned the poll for today’s race – one of the few bright spots for Earnhardt/Ganassi racing this year. Montoya is an especially tough road racer. Other fellows to watch are Marcus Ambrose, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson.

142Juan MontoyaChevroletTarget127.02
218Kyle BuschToyotaM&M's126.928
348Jimmie JohnsonChevroletLowe's Cortez Silver126.925
42Brad KeselowskiDodgeMiller Lite126.626
59Marcos AmbroseFordStanley126.524
639Ryan NewmanChevroletU.S. Army126.312
714Tony StewartChevroletOffice Depot / Mobil 1126.15
815Clint BowyerToyota5-hour Energy126.061
956Martin Truex Jr.ToyotaNAPA Auto Parts126.049
101Jamie McMurrayChevroletMcDonald's125.959
1198Michael McDowellFordTRAQM.com125.713
1224Jeff GordonChevroletDrive to End Hunger125.643
1378Regan SmithChevroletFurniture Row / Farm American125.612
1420Joey LoganoToyotaThe Home Depot125.518
1516Greg BiffleFord3M125.516
1688Dale Earnhardt Jr.ChevroletNatl Grd / Diet Mountain Dew125.5
1722Sam Hornish Jr.DodgeShell / Pennzoil125.42
1899Carl EdwardsFordFastenal125.409
1929Kevin HarvickChevroletBudweiser125.389
205Kasey KahneChevroletFarmers Insurance125.339
21195Scott SpeedFordTWD125.334
2227Paul MenardChevroletMenards / Rheem125.199
2311Denny HamlinToyotaFedEx Freight125.08
2417Matt KensethFordFord EcoBoost124.917
2532Boris SaidFordHendrickCars.com124.791
2647Bobby LabonteToyotaMiller Welders / Freightliner124.715
2751Kurt BuschChevroletPhoenix Construction Services124.455
2831Jeff BurtonChevroletCaterpillar124.208
2943Aric AlmirolaFordSmithfield124.187
3013Casey MearsFordGEICO124.131
3136Dave BlaneyChevroletTommy Baldwin Racing124.108
3234David RaganFordScorpion Coatings / Al's Liners123.868
3355Brian VickersToyotaMy Classic Garage123.71
3438David GillilandFordModSpace123.576
3583Landon CassillToyotaBurger King / Dr Pepper123.471
3687Joe NemechekToyotaGenny Light / AM-FM Energy123.436
3710J.J. YeleyChevroletTommy Baldwin Racing123.27
3826Josh Wise*FordMDS Transport122.531
3933Stephen Leicht*ChevroletLittle Joes Autos.com122.335
40119Chris CookToyotaPlinker Tactical118.879
41249Jason LefflerToyotaAmerica Israel Racing118.742
4293Travis Kvapil+ToyotaBurger King / Dr Pepper-
4330Patrick LongToyotaInception Motorsports117.551

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