Watkins Glen: Dodge teams "keys to success"

Keys to Success: Centurion Boats at The Glen -- Watkins Glen International WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 9, 2008) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members will give their insight on...

Keys to Success: Centurion Boats at The Glen -- Watkins Glen International

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 9, 2008) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members will give their insight on the 'keys to success' for the upcoming race. This week, the green flag drops at the 2.45-mile, paved road course of Watkins Glen International for the Centurion Boats at The Glen.

Track: Watkins International Raceway (race 22 of 36 NSCS point's events)
Race: Centurion Boats 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: In what year was the race at Watkins Glen held on a Monday? (Answer Below)

RYAN NEWMAN (Driver, No. 12 Kodak Dodge Charger) "The biggest thing about racing at a road course is being smooth as a driver and being considerate of the other drivers around you. There are some key points at Watkins Glen too. Turn 1 has some rumbles in it. You can wheel hop pretty easily getting into Turn 1. The esses (Turns 2-4) are all about finesse going up the hill. And the fastest part of the race track is going into the bus stop (Turns 5-8) where you have to brake really hard. You try to carry as much speed over there and not over-brake. You can gain and lose so much time in braking. The bus stop (also called the inner loop) and carousel (Turn 9) are all smooth and finesse for 90 degree turns. You have to get them right."

ELLIOTT SADLER (Driver, No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) "I would have to say that this is probably the most challenging racetrack we go to because of the speed that you have to carry through some pretty tight corners. The backstretch is long and you can really get into the gas though there, but then you have to be careful as you head into the inner loop (Turns 5-8, also called the bus stop). Staying on the track and conserving brakes are probably the two most important factors at The Glen."

* Answer to Trivia Question: In 1987, rain forced NASCAR to postpone the race until the following day (Monday). In 1992, the race was shortened due to rain with Kyle Petty taking the win when the race was called after 54 of the scheduled 90 laps were completed.

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty , Mark Martin