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Centurion Boats at The Glen

Status: Final Watkins Glen International

Race Capsule

Watkins Glen International
  • What:

    Race 25 of 41 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY

  • When:

    August 12, 2007 2:20 pm EDT

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    2.45 miles

  • Race Length:

    221.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Jimmie Johnson Finished fifth at Pocono; defending series champion continued his up-and-down season by finishing 39th at the Brickyard after a fiery crash on the heels of a 37th three weeks ago at Chicago; prior to past two poor showings, finished 10th at Daytona after running fifth at New Hampshire; has posted victories this season at Las Vegas, Atlanta, Martinsville and Richmond; despite collecting 10 top-five finishes, has been hurt by five finishes outside the top 35; finished 17th in this event last season.
Jeff Gordon Ran fourth at Pocono for his ninth straight top-10 finish; still owns a comfortable 371-point cushion atop the series standings despite being docked 100 points for failing post-qualifying inspections at Sonoma, where he ran seventh; has four checkered flags this season and 79 career, just four shy of tying Cale Yarborough for fifth place all-time; reached a landmark milestone at Talladega, recording his 77th career victory to pass the late Dale Earnhardt for sixth all-time; has completely dominated the circuit this season and is on pace to capture his fifth career title, leading the series in poles (7), top-five finishes (14) and top-10s (19); ran 13th in this race last year.
Matt Kenseth Ran 14th at Pocono but remained third in the standings; posted fourth straight top-10 finish by placing 10th at the Brickyard; ran 34th and 42nd, respectively, prior to the four straight top-10 results; captured his only victory of the season in the campaign's second race at California; has seven top-five finishes and 14 top-10s this season; struggled to 21st in this race last season.
Tony Stewart Continued his mid-season surge by finishing sixth at Pocono; remained fifth in the standings, but trails Gordon by 487 points; captured back-to-back victories at Chicagoland and at the Brickyard; finished 38th at Daytona prior to his win at Chicago after an early-race crash with teammate Denny Hamlin; has turned his season around with seven finishes of sixth or better over the last nine races; was runner-up to Harvick in this event last season.
Jeff Burton Ran 11th last week at Pocono but remained fourth in the series standings; registered four top-10 finishes over the previous five races, with the lone blip a 16th at Daytona; ran seventh at New Hampshire and third at Sonoma to end a stretch of four consecutive finishes outside the top 10; trails series points leader Jeff Gordon by 473 points; has six top-five finishes and 12 top-10s this season; captured his first victory of the season at Texas; ran 11th in this event last season.
Kevin Harvick Struggled to 17th last week at Pocono but still is comfortably nestled at ninth in the standings; finished seventh at the Brickyard and has five top-10 finishes over his past seven races, with the other blemish a 34th at Daytona; won the season-opening Daytona 500 by nipping Mark Martin at the finish line; has four top-fives and 10 top-10s this season; finished second to Juan Pablo Montoya on the road course at Sonoma; has finished lower than 30th only twice this season; won this event last season.
Denny Hamlin Rebounded from a 22nd-place finish at the Brickyard by placing third last week at Pocono; remains second in the standings, 366 points behind Gordon; followed up his first win of the season at New Hampshire by finishing dead last at Daytona after wrecking early in the race with teammate Tony Stewart; has avoided the sophomore slump by finishing out of the top-10 just six times in the past 17 races; has eight top-five finishes and 12 top-10s this season; finished second at Darlington and has four third-place finishes at Las Vegas, Martinsville, Phoenix and Richmond; rounded out the top 10 in this event last season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Registered a season-best second-place finish last week at Pocono but fell to 13th in the standings behind Kurt Busch, who captured his first checkered flag of the season; trails Busch by just seven points for the final spot in the Chase for the Nextel Cup; finished 19th or worse over the previous three races, including a 34th at the Brickyard and a 36th at Daytona; leaving the company his father founded to run for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008; has yet to win a race or a pole this season, but has four top-five finishes and eight top-10s; also has five finishes of 30th or lower; placed 18th in this event last season.