Comments: NASCAR Picks for Watkins Glen

Comments: NASCAR Picks for Watkins Glen

For the second and final time in 2013, the Sprint Cup Series will visit a road course this weekend. Watkins Glen International is the site of Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, and the seven-turn, 2.45-mile road course has produced its share of epic battles, including last year's unforgettable duel between Marcos Ambrose and Brad Keselowski that saw the two drivers exchange the lead several times during the final lap on an oil-soaked track. In general, Watkins Glen tends to be the more violent of the two road courses because of several snaking stretches that allow drivers to build up some serious speed heading into the track's challenging combination corners. Not to mention the fact that the bumping and banging that goes on at Sonoma still goes on at Watkins Glen, only at higher speeds. Granted, the traditional road course aces have excelled for the most part at The Glen, but many of the top road course drivers have had a poor outing or two at the track. Owners that take time to assemble a solid road course lineup should have a strong day, but just keep in mind that the chances of things going sour are a little bit better than they were a few months ago at Sonoma.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  2. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  3. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  4. Juan Montoya, Target
  5. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  6. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  7. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  8. Carl Edwards, Arris/Stanley
  9. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/3M
  10. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  11. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  12. Matt Kenseth, Dolllar General/DeWalt
  13. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  14. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  15. Brian Vickers, Aaron's Dream Machine
  16. Greg Biffle, Ortho
  17. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Great Clips
  18. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  19. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  20. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  21. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  22. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  23. Casey Mears, GEICO
  24. Max Papis, Bass Pro Shops
  25. Paul Menard, Menards
  26. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  27. Ron Fellows, Little Joe's Autos
  28. Boris Said, C&J Energy Services
  29. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Zest/Fastenal
  30. Danica Patrick,
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