Watkins Glen: Dodge teams 'keys for success'

Keys for Success: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 7, 2009) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members give their insight on the 'Keys for Success'...

Keys for Success: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 7, 2009) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members give their insight on the 'Keys for Success' for the upcoming race. This week, the green flag drops at the 2.45-mile road course of Watkins Glen International for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen.

Track: Watkins International Raceway (race 22 of 36 NSCS point's events)
Race: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen
Length: 2.45-mile road course (90 laps/220.5 miles)
Banking: Ranging from 6 to 10 degrees
Frontstretch: 2,141 feet Backstretch: 1,839 feet Race Record: Mark Martin,
103.300 (2:11:54), Aug.13, 1995

Trivia Question: When did the village of Watkins Glen host its first automobile race? (Answer Below)

ROY MCCAULEY (Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger) "The key to success at Watkins Glen International is keeping all four tires on the pavement all day long. David [Stremme] has worked extremely hard on his road course skills over the last couple of months and has made tremendous improvements. Road course racing is very technical. As a driver, you have to be able to do multiple things at one time. We only get a couple stops to adjust on the car, so we need to be strong right out of the gate. I think all the testing we have done will really pay dividends when it comes down to the race. I am looking forward to the race and getting our Penske Dodge a strong result."

Answer to Trivia Question: On October 2, 1948, the village of Watkins Glen, located in the scenic New York Finger Lakes region, hosted its first automobile race (Watkins Glen Grand Prix) along a challenging course that encompassed asphalt, cement, and dirt roads. It was the first post-World War II road race in the United States, and Frank Griswold, driving a 2.9-liter prewar Alfa Romeo, won both events offered, a 26.4-mile Junior Prix, and the 52.8-mile Grand Prix.

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Mark Martin