NASCAR Nationwide Series

NASCAR - Nationwide - Zippo 200 at The Glen Preview

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DATE: Saturday, August 13th
SITE: Watkins Glen International (1956) -- Watkins Glen, New York
TRACK: 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course
CAPACITY: 41,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 18th
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Marcos Ambrose (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Marcos Ambrose (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 82
MILES: 200.9
QUALIFYING RECORD: Marcos Ambrose, 2010 (122.410 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,028,449 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $50,595; 2nd Place - $29,050; 3rd Place - $25,150
2010 Finish
1Marcos Ambrose16Ron Fellows12
2Joey Logano27Nelson Piquet Jr10
3Kevin Harvick38Jacques Villeneuve6
4Brad Keselowski89Steve Wallace17
5Kyle Busch510Michael McDowell15
2010 Zippo 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 93.526 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 8 minutes, 53 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.834 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 10 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 3 among 3 drivers
POLE WINNER: Marcos Ambrose (122.410 m.p.h.)
Past Zippo 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Marcos Ambrose (1st) -- Toyota -- 93.526 m.p.h. (race record)
2009 -- Marcos Ambrose (2nd) -- Toyota -- 79.407 m.p.h.
2008 -- Marcos Ambrose (12th) -- Ford -- 85.957 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 90.768 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kurt Busch (1st) -- Dodge -- 89.221 m.p.h.
2005 -- Ryan Newman (4th) -- Dodge -- 71.686 m.p.h.
2004 -- Not Held
2003 -- Not Held
2002 -- Not Held
2001 -- Ron Fellows (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 89.754 m.p.h.
2000 -- Ron Fellows (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 90.586 m.p.h.
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 76.034 m.p.h.
1998 -- Ron Fellows (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 70.183 m.p.h.
1997 -- Mike McLaughlin (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 90.225 m.p.h.
1996 -- Terry Labonte (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.468 m.p.h.
1995 -- Terry Labonte (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 84.186 m.p.h.
1994 -- Terry Labonte (21st) -- Chevrolet -- 93.717 m.p.h.
1993 -- Bill Elliott (2nd) -- Ford -- 89.970 m.p.h.
1992 -- Ernie Irvan (22nd) -- Chevrolet -- 93.991 m.p.h.
1991 -- Terry Labonte (1st) -- Oldsmobile -- 94.003 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Fay's 150 (1991-94), Lysol 200 (1995-2000), GNC Live
Well 200 (2001). Race was changed from 150 miles to 200 miles in 1995.
Past Zippo 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Marcos Ambrose -- 1st
2009 -- Kevin Harvick -- 4th
2008 -- Dario Franchitti -- 5th
2007 -- Kurt Busch -- 3rd
2006 -- Kurt Busch -- 1st
2005 -- Tony Stewart -- 4th
2004 -- Not Held
2003 -- Not Held
2002 -- Not Held
2001 -- Scott Pruett -- 8th
2000 -- Ron Fellows -- 1st
1999 -- Ron Fellows -- 2nd
1998 -- Boris Said -- 40th
1997 -- Joe Nemechek -- 3rd
1996 -- David Green -- 5th
1995 -- Terry Labonte -- 1st
1994 -- Ricky Craven -- 7th
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 36th
1992 -- Kenny Wallace -- 6th
1991 -- Terry Labonte -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: U.S. Cellular 250 (August 6th)
SITE: Iowa Speedway -- Newton, Iowa
MILES: 218.751
LAPS: 250
WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
THIRD: Elliott Sadler
FOURTH: Josh Wise
FIFTH: Aric Almirola
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 11 minutes, 20 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 99.937 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.066 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 38 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: E. Sadler 0; T. Bayne 1-12; S. Hornish Jr. 13-51; M. McDowell
52-68; C. Edwards 69-99; R. Stenhouse Jr. 100-101; J. Clements
102-103; D. Mayhew 104-106; C. Edwards 107-153; R. Stenhouse Jr.
154; C. Edwards 155-185; D. Mayhew 186; M. Annett 187-190; E.
Sadler 191-228; R. Stenhouse Jr. 229-250.
Zippo 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
5Ron Fellows (Mississauga, Ontario)Chevrolet/Canadian Tire
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Branch,MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmie Johnson's Anything
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
13T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Dodge/
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Z-Line Designs
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
21Tim George Jr. (New York, NY)Chevrolet/Applebee's Potomac Family
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday
23Alex Kennedy (Aztec, NM)Dodge/Primalyn Ent/Dream Factory
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/TBA
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Florida Gulf Safe
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Rheem/Menards
38Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville, GA)Ford/TBA
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
41Tomy Drissi (Hollywood, CA)Ford/Alvin and the Chipmunks
42Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
47Brian Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Chevrolet/TBA
49Mark Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
50Brian Simo (Carlsbad, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/
52Dan Clarke (Mexborough, England)Chevrolet/TBA
53Andrew Ranger (Roxton Pond, Canada)Dodge/Bollegraaf/Lobo USA
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
64Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Toyota/TBA
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
67J.R. Fitzpatrick (Ontario, Canada)Ford/Go Canada Racing
70Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
75Chris Cook (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/
82J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Dodge/Crusader Staffing
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Ragu
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
97Kyle Kelley (Huntington Beach, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Joey Logano------------------7th33rd2nd
Brad Keselowski------------------6th9th4th
Kyle Busch------------37th---2nd2nd5th
Ron Fellows---------42nd9th24th---5th6th
Steve Wallace---------------34th28th12th9th
Paul Menard---------8th18th4th---29th17th
Trevor Bayne------------------------29th
Carl Edwards---------11th27th32nd25th3rd33rd
Justin Allgaier---------------------17th34th
Jason Leffler------------35th27th8th16th35th
Reed Sorenson---------41st28th------------
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.---------------------------
Elliott Sadler---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Carl Edwards - Started in the 17th position and finished 2nd
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Carl Edwards
Darkhorse - James Buescher
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jason Leffler) - Finished 13th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brian Scott) - Finished 14th
In 74 career Nationwide Series starts, Marcos Ambrose has three wins. Not bad, especially when you consider all three of them came at Watkins Glen International. Ambrose is not on the preliminary entry list for the Nationwide race at this track.

Last year, Ambrose put on a dominating performance to win at Watkins Glen for the third consecutive season. He started on the pole and led 60 of 82 laps around the 2.45-mile road course. He easily held off Joey Logano at the finish by 2.8 seconds. Ambrose joined Terry Labonte as the only drivers who have won three Nationwide races in a row at Watkins Glen. Labonte accomplished the feat here from 1994-96.

In 2009, Ambrose defeated Kyle Busch by 1.082 seconds after starting second on the grid. Ambrose made the pass on Busch for the lead as the two headed into the chicane with 19 laps to go. Ambrose's maneuver forced Busch to swerve to the left, causing him to miss the entrance into the chicane. Busch fell to third after the incident, but fought off Carl Edwards in the closing laps to finish second. With that finish, Busch surpassed Jack Ingram's 1983 record of consecutive one-two finishes with his 10th straight.

Ambrose led only five laps in 2008, including the final four, as he won for the first time in his Nationwide career. Ambrose started 12th and took the lead briefly on lap 48, but it was his fuel strategy that paid off. Ambrose made his last stop on lap 49, and then drove the final 33 circuits without pitting to capture the victory in his 59th career start. Kyle Busch placed second, as the race finished under caution. Pole sitter Dario Franchitti finished fifth, while Jeff Burton, who led for a race-high 25 laps, placed 14th.

Kevin Harvick scored his 31st of 37 career Nationwide victories by winning the 2007 race. Harvick, who led twice for a race-high 49 laps, led the final 33 to defeat Jeff Burton by 3.529 seconds. Pole sitter Kurt Busch finished third, leading twice for 20 laps.

In 2006, Kurt Busch crossed the finish line 0.558 seconds ahead of Robby Gordon for his second and last Nationwide Series career title. Pole sitter Busch led three times for a race-high total of 41 laps. Busch dominated the race and reclaimed the lead from Gordon for the final time on lap 69 of the 83-lap event.

Ryan Newman hung on in 2005 to edge Robby Gordon by less than a second for his second career Nationwide title. Newman did not have enough fuel to drive into Victory Lane, but he did cross the finish line 0.846 seconds ahead of Gordon.

This will be the 18th Nationwide race at Watkins Glen. Terry Labonte was a four-time winner of this race, while Ron Fellows captured the event three times. When Ernie Irvan won the 1992 race, he started from the 22nd spot, which is the furthest back a driver has started and won at The Glen. In ten trips around this track, Fellows owns seven top-10 finishes and has captured the pole position twice. With Ambrose winning last year, the pole sitter has now captured this race five times.

The next Nationwide Series race is the August 20 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. Boris Said is the defending race winner.

08/12 16:00:34 ET

As of August 12, 2011, at 04:00 PM ET

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