Dodge keys for success at Watkins Glen

KEYS FOR SUCCESS: Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen

Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing Dodge
Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing Dodge

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Saturday, Aug. 11) – Each race weekend, SRT Motorsports provides insight on the ‘Keys for Success’ for the upcoming race. This week’s focus is on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – Finger Lakes 355 – at Watkins Glen International.

Track: Watkins Glen International (Race 22 of 36 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

Race: Finger Lakes 355 (90 laps / 220.5 miles)

Trivia Question: What is the worst starting position for Cup Series race winner at Watkins Glen? (Answer Below)

TRAVIS GEISLER (Director of Competition, Penske Racing)

Color of Success: “Black is good, brown is bad. You can have every strategy – fuel mileage, brake package, transmission success – in the world be right, but if you run off track and lose track position you can’t recover. Track position is key and there are many ways that you can lose it here at Watkins Glen. First thing is having a good, consistent race and staying on track.”

Fuel Mileage “You need to have your fuel mileage give you the opportunity to pit when you want to and not be dictated by other people when you need to pit. If you can pit earlier than guys and a caution comes out, that can be another huge track position key.”

Mechanical Durability: “You need durability from your engine, drivetrain and brake package. All that stuff is really tested and needs to be with you for the whole race. It sounds simple but it really is key. You can’t break parts. Drivers have to take care of their equipment all race. “

TRIVIA ANSWER: 18th (Steve Park – Aug. 13, 2000)

Sourcce: SRT Motorsports

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