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Wrapup: Watkins Glen

Anthony Ballantoni
Sunday, August 6, 2017

On Saturday afternoon, the XFINITY Series held its 82-lap Zippo 200 at the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International (WGI) road course in western New York. The Cup Series took over the facility on Sunday to feature the 90-lap I Love New York 355. The Camping World Truck Series will return next Saturday, August 12, for the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan Int’l Speedway. The results and upcoming scheduled events for the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Home Tracks and other covered series are also shown below.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Caramel Toyota Camry) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the I Love New York 355 with a lap of 126.925 mph. This is his 25th pole in 448 MENCS races. It is his sixth pole (third consecutive) and 19th top-10 start in 2017. This is his second pole in 13 races at WGI. Kyle Larson (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2017 and his third in four races at WGI. Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at WGI. It is his 18th in 22 races this season. Daniel Suarez (fifth) was the fastest qualifying Rookie of the Year contender.  
Did not qualify: No one. Only 37 cars entered for 40 spots in the lineup.

Results: Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78  Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota Camry) won the I Love New York 355, his 11th victory in 427 MENCS races. This is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2017. It is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 12 races at WGI. Matt Kenseth (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 18 races at WGI and  10th top-10 finish in 2017. Daniel Suarez (third) posted his career-best Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finish. Pole-sitter Kyle Busch led 21 laps and finished the 90-lap race in seventh place.

Standings: Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 116 points over Kyle Busch.

Top 16 - Chase Contenders:
1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kyle Busch
3. Kyle Larson
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Denny Hamlin
6. Brad Keselowski
7. Chase Elliott
8. Jamie McMurray
9. Matt Kenseth
10. Clint Bowyer
11. Jimmie Johnson
12. Ryan Blaney
13. Joey Logano
14. Kurt Busch
15. Daniel Suarez
16. Ryan Newman

Next: Sunday, August 13, Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan Int’l Speedway (2-mile oval in Brooklyn, MI)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: MENCS regular Joey Logano, driving the No. 12 Snap-On Ford Mustang, won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Zippo 200 with a lap of 124.185 mph. This is his 34th pole in 167 NXS races. It is his third pole and seventh top-10 NXS start in 2017. It is also Logano's third pole in ten races at WGI. All his poles have come consecutively, and he won the race following his two previous WGI poles. Cup regular Kyle Busch (second) posted his sixth top-10 NXS start of 2017 and his ninth in ten NXS races at WGI. Another Cup regular, Kyle Larson (third), posted his third top-10 NXS start at WGI and his ninth in nine NXS races this season. Daniel Hemric (eighth) was the fastest qualifying Rookie of the Year contender.
Did not qualify: No. 25 PJ Jones.

Results: MENCS regular Kyle Busch, driving the No. 18 NOS Rowdy Toyota, won the Zippo 200, his 90th victory in 336 NXS races. This is his fourth victory and seventh top-10 NXS finish in 2017. It is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in ten NXS races at WGI. Pole-sitter Joey Logano (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten NXS races at WGI. It is his seventh top-10 NXS finish in 2017. Another Cup driver, Brad Keselowski (third), posted his eighth top-10 finish in nine NXS races at WGI. William Byron (10th) was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender.

Standings: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 52 points over William Byron.

Top 12 - Chase Contenders:
1. Elliott Sadler
2. William Byron
3. Justin Allgaier
4. Brennan Poole
5. Daniel Hemric
6. Cole Custer
7. Matt Tifft
8. Ryan Reed
9. Dakoda Armstrong
10. Blake Koch
11. Michael Annett
12. Brendan Gaughan

Next: Saturday, August 12, Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course in Lexington, OH)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)

Standings: Christopher Bell leads the point standings by 18 points over Johnny Sauter.

Top 8 - Chase Contenders:
1. Christopher Bell
2. Johnny Sauter
3. Chase Briscoe
4. Matt Crafton
5. John Hunter Nemechek
6. Ben Rhodes
7. Ryan Truex
8. Grant Enfinger

Next: Saturday, August 12, LTi Printing 200 at Michigan Int’l Speedway (2-mile oval in Brooklyn, MI)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East: Aug. 4, Finger Lakes Wine Country 100 at Watkins Glen (NY) Int'l
Pole: Ryan Truex ... Winner: Will Rodgers ... Points Leader: Harrison Burton
Next: Sept. 2 at Langley Speedway (0.4-mile oval in Hampton, VA)

K&N Pro Series-West: July 28, Casey's General Store 150 (Combo w/East) at Iowa Speedway
Pole: Derek Kraus ... Winner: Todd Gilliland ... Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: Aug. 12, NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Evergreen Speedway (0.646-mile oval in Monroe, WA)

Pinty’s Series: (Three series points races this week)
July 26, Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin 100s at Wyant Group Raceway in Saskatchewan
Pole: Kevin Lacroix ... Race 1 Winner: Alex Labbe ... Points Leader: Kevin Lacroix
Pole: D.J. Kennington ... Race 2 Winner: Cayden Lapcevich ... Points Leader: Kevin Lacroix
July 29, LUXXUR 300 at Edmonton International Raceway in Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Pole: Alex Labbe ... Winner: Alex Labbe ... Points Leader: Alex Labbe
Next: Aug. 13, Le 50 Tours Can-Am at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (1.53-mile street circuit in Quebec)

Whelen Modified Tour: Aug. 4, Stafford 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, CT
Pole: Craig Lutz ... Winner: Ryan Preece ... Points Leader: Timmy Solomito
Next: Aug. 9, Bud 'King of Beers' 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (0.625-mile oval in CT)

Peak Mexico Series: Aug. 6, Red Cola Pachuca at Autodromo Moisés Solana in Pachuca, Mexico
Pole: Ruben Pardo ... Winner: Abraham Calderon ... Points Leader (Unofficial): Ruben Rovelo
Next: Aug. 20 at Autódromo del Ecocentro de la Unión Ganadera (0.79-mile oval in Querétaro)
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Other Series
ARCA Racing Series: Aug. 6, Winchester ARCA 200 at Winchester (IN) Speedway
Pole: Kyle Benjamin ... Winner: Kyle Benjamin ... Points Leader: Austin Theriault
Next: Aug. 20, Herr's Potato Chips 100 at Illinois State Fairgrounds (1-mile clay oval in Springfield, IL)

Southern Modified Racing Series: July 21 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC
Pole: Burt Myers ... Winner: Burt Myers ... Points Leader: Brandon Ward
Next: Aug. 26 at Caraway Speedway (0.455-mile oval in Sophia, NC)

EXIT Realty Modified Touring Series: July 21, Lincoln Tech 100 at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway
Pole: Chris Pasteryak ... Winner: Jon McKennedy ... Points Leader: Jon McKennedy
Next: Aug. 19 at Monadnock Speedway (0.25-mile oval in Winchester, NH)