Testing at The Glen preview

Watkins Glen, NY (July 14, 2003) - As the NASCAR Winston Cup Series enters the second half of the season, each race becomes more important in the chase for the Winston Cup Championship. One race that has been known to have a big impact in the...

Watkins Glen, NY (July 14, 2003) - As the NASCAR Winston Cup Series enters the second half of the season, each race becomes more important in the chase for the Winston Cup Championship. One race that has been known to have a big impact in the point standings is the SIRIUS at The Glen, held at Watkins Glen International August 7-10. Just ask Tony Stewart, the 2002 Winston Cup Champion and SIRIUS at The Glen winner.

So what do you suppose the top Winston Cup drivers do to make sure they have a good finish at The Glen and make a move toward the title? Visit The Glen on July 28-29 for the only NASCAR Winston Cup test session and you'll see for yourself. Among those scheduled to test are former Winston Cup Champions, Winston Cup race winners and road course aces.

Fans who have purchased tickets for the SIRIUS at The Glen, August 7-10, will be admitted free of charge both days. Fans should present their SIRIUS at The Glen tickets at the gate to gain free admission or pick-up a voucher at the ticket office if they have not received their event tickets. All other spectators can take in the action for only $5.00 each day at the gate. Gate 4 will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. both days.

Leading the list of participants is the current Winston Cup point leader Matt Kenseth, who is hoping to accomplish just what Stewart did in '02 in his push towards the Championship. He certainly will be looking to improve on his 33rd place finish in 2002.

Jeff Gordon, the seven-time road course champion, is scheduled to return to The Glen. He will be joined by two other former Winston Cup Champions, Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte. Jarrett is looking to build momentum for a strong second half of the season after struggling in the first half. Labonte, the 2000 Winston Cup Champ, rolls into The Glen in the top five in points and hopes the SIRIUS at The Glen pushes him towards what could be his second Winston Cup title.

Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr., currently second in the points, is scheduled to shake down his road course car with teammates Michael Waltrip and Ron Fellows.

Robby Gordon, the most recent road course winner, looks to make it two-for-two in '03. After close calls the past two years, Gordon looks to visit Gatorade Victory Lane at The Glen for the first time.

Others scheduled to test are three-time Glen winner Mark Martin along with his teammate and Pepsi 400 winner Greg Biffle, Sterling Marlin, 1993 Glen champ Kyle Petty and teammate Christian Fittipaldi, road course ace Boris Said, Paul Menard driving for Andy Petree Racing, as well as Joe Varde and Johnny Miller, who will be piloting the No. 4 Morgan-McClure entry.

Road racing becomes the focus of race fans across the country as America's most popular racing series - NASCAR Winston Cup - takes on multiple left- and right-hand turns and nasty elevation changes at The Glen August 7-10th in the SIRIUS at The Glen. It's a true test of technical skill and courage where only the greatest drivers prevail. The weekend is kicked off by the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 Rolex Sports Car Series Friday night, followed by Saturday's Mohegan Sun 150 presented by Pepsi Busch North Series event. Tickets start at only $50 and are still available.

Tickets for the SIRIUS at The Glen weekend, as well as the entire 2003 racing season at Watkins Glen International, are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office at 607-535-2481 or online at www.theglen.com. For the finest Watkins Glen International items and apparel, motorsports collectibles, and authentic NASCAR merchandise, diecasts and clothing, stop by The Shop at 2 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen or call 607-535-2338.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Kyle Petty , Boris Said , Greg Biffle , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Christian Fittipaldi , Ron Fellows , Johnny Miller , Andy Petree , Paul Menard , Joe Varde , Mark Martin