Monday, August 01, 2016

Watkins Glen's Smashing Successes

Brad Keselowski's bad crash at Watkins Glen during a recent test session is just one of many melees in the track's history

NASCAR's stars hit Watkins Glen this weekend - and given the track's history we mean hits.   The recent surge of fan popularity toward road courses is a little odd given the racing on road courses usually isn't very good.   Historically the road courses are the weakest for passing up front of any track.   This isn't to say Watkins Glen hasn't had some surprising finishes.

The most celebrated finish in Watkins Glen history for a long time was 1988's showdown between Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace, who owned NASCAR's road courses for some three years

MRN's call of Marcos Ambrose's shocking win in 2012

AJ Allmendinger's first NASCAR win ruined what looked like a coronation for Marcos Ambrose

While it has had some memorable finishes, Watkins Glen is better known for the viciousness of its crashes.  

Ryan Newman passes the buck after escaping this mess.

In all the Glen has proven itself as nasty as the worst of Darlington or Bristol.

P.S. - Remember Boris "You can call me Badenov" Said?  

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