Event: Global Crossing at The Glen When: Sun., Aug. 13 at 12:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN Where: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International (2.45-mile road course) Together, Jimmy Makar, Larry McReynolds, Todd Parrott, Robin Pemberton, Tommy Baldwin, Jimmy...
Event: Global Crossing at The Glen When: Sun., Aug. 13 at 12:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Where: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International (2.45-mile road course)
Together, Jimmy Makar, Larry McReynolds, Todd Parrott, Robin Pemberton, Tommy Baldwin, Jimmy Elledge, Ryan Pemberton and Greg Zipadelli have led their drivers to 87 wins, 478 top-five finishes, 789 top-10 finishes and 94 poles prior to this Sunday's Global Crossing at the Glen. a.. McReynolds scored his first win as a crew chief at Watkins Glen in 1988 with driver Ricky Rudd and the Kenny Bernstein-owned King Racing operation. a.. Pemberton notched a win on the road course in 1992 with Kyle Petty. a.. Pemberton and Rusty Wallace are the defending Bud Pole winners of this event. Wallace toured the 2.45-mile road course in 72.752 seconds at an average speed of 121.234 mph to set a track record.
In last year's Frontier at The Glen, the Crew Chief Club finished in the following order:
Ro. Pemberton/R. Wallace Start: 1st Finish: 3rd Status: Running
Parrott/Jarrett Start: 9th Finish: 4th Status: Running
Zipadelli/Stewart Start: 4th Finish: 6th Status: Running
McReynolds/Skinner Start: 17th Finish: 9th Status: Running
Elledge/K. Wallace Start: 23rd Finish: 19th Status: Running
Makar/B. Labonte Start: 22nd Finish: 24th Status: Running
Ry. Pemberton/Irvan Start: 36th Finish: 41st Status: Engine
Baldwin/W. Burton Start: 15th Finish: 43rd Status: Engine
* Crew Chief Club member teams have won the past three races
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR THOUGHTS GOING IN TO WATKINS GLEN?
Jimmy Makar - Interstate Batteries Pontiac of Bobby Labonte - "We're really pleased with the way our road course program is progressing. Bobby has come around quite a bit. Every time we go to a road course it seems like we run just a little bit better and get a little farther toward the front. We're encouraged by that and we look forward to staying near the front."
Larry McReynolds - Lowe's Home Improvement Chevrolet of Mike Skinner - "Mike Skinner is really a good road racer. He always ran well at road races when he was in the Truck Series and he seems to get better and better on the road courses with his Winston Cup car. We'll just focus on getting a good, solid qualifying run and get ready to race."
Todd Parrott - Ford Quality Care Service/Ford Credit Ford of Dale Jarrett - "In the last two years at Watkins Glen, we've had a really good car. Dale had a strong run here last year and we feel really good about going back."
Robin Pemberton - Miller Lite Ford of Rusty Wallace - "Watkins Glen is very similar to Sears Point with the exception that it's more of a braking track than Sears Point. You get three good shots at passing under braking here. That's pretty much the most important part of setting up for the course. We got the pole here last year and hope to build on that. Rusty usually does well on road courses."