Watkins Glen Top Ten Starters
- Carl Edwards
- Kyle Larson
- Tony Stewart
- Matt Kenseth
- Kyle Busch
- Denny Hamlin
- Joey Logano
- Ryan Newman
- AJ Allmendinger
- Jamie McMurray
Watkins Glen Pre-race Notes
Jeff Gordon drove the #88
Four of the last five Watkins Glen races have been won from either the 5th or 6th starting position.
Watkins Glen Race Notes
Carl Edwards who started on the pole led the opening 25 laps.
Notable Moment: On lap #4 while running in 17th Austin Dillon spun. It dropped him back to the thirties. Jeff Gordon who drove the #88 got nose damage from this.
Running order on lap #9: 19,20,47,42,18,14,11,22,1,2 … 41,78,31,95,4,48,13,24,21,16 … 15,5,17,98,23,88,27,43,34,6 … 10,7,44,83,55,32,3,38,46,30
On lap 14 the first caution came out for debris. Jeff Gordon got repairs to his nose during this time.
During the first caution Kevin Harvick who was in 12th was the first driver to pit.
- During pit stops Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola both got penalties when their pit crew went over the wall too soon.
Running order on lap 18: 19,47,18,20,22,2,78,42,11,41 … 31,1,48,95,24,14,21,13,4,10 … 17,15,16,6,34,23,27,44,5,83 … 7,38,43,32,3,98,55,30,88,46
Around lap 22 green flag pit stops begun.
Big Moment: Around lap 23 during green flag pit stops Jimmie Johnson got an uncontrolled tire penalty. While he was serving his penalty his team filled up his car with gas which wasn’t allowed. Then he had to do a “stop and go” penalty.
Notable Moment: Around lap 25 Kyle Larson had to stop in the “Bus Stop” since he didn’t make the turn.
Notable Moment: On lap 27, AJ Allmendinger was caught speeding on pit road.
Running order on lap 29 (during a pit cycle): 22,1,42,10,27,15,23,44,83,98 … 38,18,88,2,19,55,78,4,32,20 … 47,41,11,16,17,6,24,5,30,3 … 14,95,31,43,34,13,21,48,7,46
Notable Moment: On lap 34 Joey Logano finally made his first pit stop. He was caught speeding on pit road.
Running order on lap 39: 10,18,15,2,27,23,44,83,98,88 … 4,20,78,11,41,38,1,24,17,55 … 16,19,42,5,14,6,95,22,31,47 … 3,13,43,34,32,21,30,48,7,46
On lap 43 in the inter loop turn Ryan Blaney got a lot of debris on his grill from getting into the grass.
On lap 49 the second caution of the race came out.
Top Ten Off Pit Road Following The Second Caution: 78,20,18,42,2,11,4,15,24,1
- Paul Menard and Chris Buescher both got penalties during this pit stop.
Big Moment: On lap 53, Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle all wrecked. Their cars were totaled.