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Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen

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Track Facts

Venue: Watkins Glen International
Race length: 221 miles
No. of laps: 90
Qualifying: Sat., 11:30 a.m. ET
Race: Sun., 1:19 p.m. ET (ESPN)
STAT OF THE WEEK
Looking back: After six straight finishes of second or better, Tony Stewart has finished seventh and 27th in the last two trips to Watkins Glen.
LAST YEAR'S RACE
Top 5
1. Marcos Ambrose
2. Brad Keselowski
3. Kyle Busch
4. Martin Truex Jr.
5. Joey Logano
RECENT WINNERS
2011: Marcos Ambrose
2010: Juan Pablo Montoya
2009: Tony Stewart
2008: Kyle Busch
2007: Tony Stewart
2006: Kevin Harvick
2005: Tony Stewart
2004: Tony Stewart
2003: Robby Gordon
2002: Tony Stewart
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EXPERT STANDINGS
Hart:  652 points (3 wins)
Busbee:  640 points (1 win)
Bromberg:  606 points (0 wins)
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Watkins Glen preview (PDF)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Watkins Glen International for Sunday's Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen.

Marcos Ambrose is the defending race winner.

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Who Will Win?

Marcos Ambrose: Sometimes you have to go chalk. And while being the prohibitive favorite doesn't always mean much in the racing world, there's a strong chance the winner at Watkins Glen will be either Ambrose, Tony Stewart or Juan Pablo Montoya. I'm taking Ambrose because, at The Glen, he's the best of the three. – Jay Hart

Tony Stewart: Look, I'm not going to try to get into the minds of NASCAR racers, but if you think Tony Stewart isn't watching Jimmie Johnson's recent surge with interest, you're insane. Stewart knows that he can't bank on another five-win run in the Chase, and he knows that Johnson will be his toughest competition. So Smoke will cash in on one of his best tracks this weekend and keep the heat on Vader. – Jay Busbee

Marcos Ambrose: The Aussie goes back to back at Watkins Glen, but it is too late to put himself in wildcard contention thanks to Jeff Gordon's Pocono win. Ambrose was a non-factor at Sonoma, but he will be one at the Glen. He won't dominate, but he will hold off Tony Stewart for the victory. – Nick Bromberg

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Top Storyline

Sonoma was a very tame race. Will we see the same at Watkins Glen? Or will we see a repeat of last year's rain-delayed carnage? Minus the rain delay, that is. – Nick Bromberg

With four drivers in the one-win column and several others needing that one win to stay in the wildcard hunt, this race will have compelling moments throughout. If someone gets loose and puts a Kyle Busch or a Ryan Newman into the gravel, it could mark the difference between a Chase berth and a 10-race ridearound to end the season. Expect some serious tension, and the potential for serious payback. – Jay Busbee

The head-to-head battle between Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch will be the one to watch. Whoever finishes in front can breathe a little easier as the countdown to the Chase reaches four. – Jay Hart

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FROM THE SOURCE

"I like it when it gets hot and slick [at Watkins Glen]. It kind of plays into our hands. This is the part of the year when the temperatures are at their highest, and we tend to pick up. I think we can handle the slicker conditions sometimes a little better than some of the guys around us. A lot of guys panic because they know it’s going to get slick. I get excited when I know it’s going to get slick." – Tony Stewart