Watkins Glen: Kyle Petty preview

Petty Back to Site of Memorable Win Driver Tamed Watkins Glen in 1992 This weekend, Kyle Petty and the ...

Petty Back to Site of Memorable Win
Driver Tamed Watkins Glen in 1992

This weekend, Kyle Petty and the #45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge team will make their final road course stop of the season when they visit the 2.45-mile, 11 turn Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International road course for Sunday's Centurion Boats at The Glen.

Petty Enterprises took their Dodge Avengers to Road Atlanta for an extensive test in preparation for this weekend's event. Petty had a promising run at the Infineon Raceway in June cut short in an early accident. It was not of his making. He has long been one of the most consistent road course racers in the Nextel Cup Series.

Watkins Glen International will mark the second consecutive track where Petty is a past winner. He took the checkered flag in this event in 1992. For his career, Petty has one win, one top-five and four top-ten finishes at the high-speed road course. Petty is currently 32nd in the Nextel Cup driver point's standings.

Comments from Petty as he prepares for Sunday's Centurion Boats at The Glen:

"Watkins Glen is a different animal than the Infineon Raceway. Infineon is very technical where as the Glen is like the Daytona of road courses. It is a high speed road course where you can find yourself in the sand if you are not on your game from the green flag to the checkered flag. It is going to be another test for the Dodge Avengers and for these teams. We did take this car to Road Atlanta which is another high speed course. We had a great test there. We were able to work on some front end stuff because when you make right and left turns, your front end geometry is critical."

"I really felt good about our car at Infineon in June. We qualified fairly well there. Then we just got caught up in a wreck. We just could not make up the track position that was lost in that spin. That was unfortunate, but it gives us some confidence heading into this weekend. Billy (Wilburn, crew chief) and all the guys on the crew do a great job in setting these cars up for me. Billy and I both have tons of experience up at the Glen. You can never under estimate how much experience means at a road course."

"I would have to rank my 1992 win at Watkins Glen as one of the most memorable of my career. I grew up racing on ovals and to go to the Glen and beat not only the road course ringers, but the outstanding road course racers that we have in the Nextel Cup Series, was huge for me. You look back at the wins in your career and this is a cool one.

"You can't answer 'why' you like racing road courses. You either do or don't. It's a mental thing for a lot of guys, but it's a lot of fun for me. It's fun for Tony, Robby Gordon, and guys like that. I just think it's cool to have on our schedule. We need one in the chase. If you win at a road course you are really showing that you are a championship driver."

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty , Robby Gordon