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Sirius at The Glen

Status: Final Watkins Glen International

Race Capsule

Watkins Glen International
  • What:

    Race 22 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY

  • When:

    August 10, 2003 1:30 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    90

  • Track Length:

    2.45 miles

  • Race Length:

    221.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $4,189,655

Drivers to Watch

Jeff Gordon One of the best Winston Cup drivers on road courses over the years, with seven total wins; comes off a fourth-place at the Brickyard 400 to close within 32 points of Earnhardt Jr.; this weekend could be critical in his pursuit of Kenseth, given Gordon's success on road courses and the struggles of Kenseth and Earnhardt Jr. at The Glen; owns an all-time record seven career wins in 21 career road-course starts; won four of the last six races at Watkins Glen; has recorded seven top-10s in 10 career starts at Watkins Glen.
Tony Stewart Defending champion led three times for 34 laps, including the final 19, to earn 15th career Winston Cup victory; entered Watkins Glen seventh in the standings, but captured the series championship; also won road course at Sonoma in 2001 and owns six top-10s in nine career road course starts.
Has six career road course victories, including Watkins Glen in 1987 and 1989; most recent top finish was in 1999, when started from the pole and was third behind Gordon and Ron Fellows; made it back into the top 10 standings as he unseated Jeff Burton; one of four drivers to compete in every modern-era race at The Glen, where he owns nine top-10 finishes.
Matt Kenseth Finished second to Harvick at Indianapolis for his best effort since a runner-up showing at Charlotte in May; ninth top-five finish of the season ranks second only to Bobby Labonte's 10; also was series-leading 16th top-10 effort; padded championship lead to a season-best 286 points over Earnhardt Jr. and 318 over Gordon; scored a top-10 finish in his first career appearance at Watkins Glen (10th, 2000), but has not found much success in two starts since; finished 23rd in 2001 and 33rd last season.
Kurt Busch Seventh-place finish at the Brickyard 400 was his second top-10 in a row; retained eighth position in standings for third straight week; has not fared well at Watkins Glen in two appearances, finishing 29th in 2001 and 41st last season.
Bobby Labonte Has cooled considerably since his early-season tear that was highlighted by six top-three finishes in seven starts from Martinsville through Michigan; finished 22nd in the Brickyard 400 for his third result outside the top 20 in last four starts and fourth in a row outside the top 10; recent slump cost him a position in the points, dropping him from fourth to sixth; has six top-10 finishes in 10 career starts at Watkins Glen, including a run of four in the last six visits; will be making 350th career Winston Cup start.
Kevin Harvick Victory at the Brickyard 400 made him the 15th winner in 21 races this year, which is four shy of the record set in 2001; had not won since last July in Chicago, a stretch of 38 races; kept seventh position in standings for third straight week but gained on drivers in front of him; trails Bobby Labonte by 19 points, Michael Waltrip by 30 and Jimmie Johnson by 33; consistent in two starts at Watkins Glen, qualifying among the top 10 and finishing among the top 15 in both appearances.
Ryan Newman Run of three consecutive top-five finishes since winning at Chicago and Pocono came to an end with an 11th-place showing at the Brickyard 400; one streak was extended as he led 11 laps Sunday, marking the fourth successive race he led; had quite an impressive debut at the upstate New York facility last season in just his second career start on a road course, qualifying fifth and finishing second to Tony Stewart.
Jimmie Johnson In last year's rookie season, started 12th and finished 16th at this road course; remained fourth in standings following 18th-place showing at the Brickyard 400; along with Michael Waltrip, is the only driver that has been in the top 10 all season; is 178 points behind Gordon in standings.
Michael Waltrip Improved one position to fifth, even though he placed just 16th at Indianapolis; has been among the top 10 in the standings in all 21 race weeks this year; has just four top-10s in 17 career starts at Watkins Glen but enjoyed a breakthrough last season by starting second - a personal-best at the 2.45-mile road course - and finishing ninth for his first top 10 at The Glen since 1996; one of four drivers to compete in all 17 modern-era races at The Glen.