Watkins Glen, NY (June 6, 2001) - Watkins Glen International hosted its first day of NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division testing for the upcoming Watkins Glen 200 today. Several drivers were on hand to make their first trip of 2001...
Watkins Glen, NY (June 6, 2001) - Watkins Glen International hosted its first day of NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division testing for the upcoming Watkins Glen 200 today. Several drivers were on hand to make their first trip of 2001 around the 2.45-mile road course. Teams will wrap up the test session tomorrow.
The story of the day revolved around Geoffrey Bodine, who made his debut in the No. 66 Phillips 66 Chevrolet after replacing Tim Fedewa earlier in the week. Bodine will run the Cicci-Welliver-owned car for the remainder of the year and looks to be primed for a strong finish at The Glen with lap speeds of 114.31 mph.
Jimmy Johnson, driver of the No. 92 Excedrin Chevrolet, took his first laps around the course after his widely publicized crash of 2000. Johnson’s car left the course after losing its brakes going into Turn One and charged full-speed into the Styrofoam blocks. Johnson has some help from PJ Jones today and made it around the course with an average speed of 115.33 mph.
Ron Fellows posted some good speeds for the day in his Winston Cup No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet with several laps clocked by hand at an average speed of 113.00 mph. Fellows is the defending champion of the NASCAR Busch Series event at The Glen and finished third in the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race last year.
Elton Sawyer also had a strong showing in his No. 98 Starter/Hot Tamales Ford with an average speed of 113.66 mph. Sawyer qualified third for last year’s Busch Series race and looks to improve on his seventh place finish in 2000.
Hank Parker Jr., who took several shots at the left and right hand turns in his Cicci-Welliver-owned No. 36 GNC Live Well Chevrolet, looks to have learned from his run last year with Team Amick Motorsports in the Grand-Am Cup with average speeds of 114.32 mph.
The Glen presents an unsurpassed NASCAR weekend July 6-8. The Festival of Speed & Sound promises to be a weekend packed with racing action as the ARCA RE/MAX Series takes to the historic road course in its inaugural race at The Glen on Saturday, followed by a concert by Blessid Union of Souls and a Winston Cup Pepsi 400 viewing party on the jumbotrons live from Daytona International Speedway. The NASCAR Busch Grand National Series takes center stage on Sunday as the highlight of the weekend’s activities, complemented by a historic stock car race in the morning.
Tickets for the 2001 season, including the Festival of Speed & Sound weekend July 6-8, at The Glen are now available. For tickets, reserved camping, and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to the official Watkins Glen Web site at www.theglen.com.