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The 1999 Frontier @ the Glen was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York on April 15, 1999. It was the 21st points-paying event of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Rusty Wallace won the pole, and Jeff Gordon won the race for the third consecutive year. A total of 49 cars attempted the race.

1999 Frontier @ the Glen
Race details[1][2]
Race 21 of 34 of in the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
The short course at Watkins Glen International
The short course at Watkins Glen International
Date August 15, 1999 (1999-08-15)
Location Watkins Glen International,
Watkins Glen, New York, U.S.
Course Permanent racing facility
2.450 mi (3.943 km)
Distance 90 laps, 220.50 mi (354.86 km)
Weather Mild with temperatures approaching 73.4°F (23°C); wind speeds up to 7.36 miles per hour (11.84 km/h)
Average speed 87.722 mph (141.175 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Penske-Kranefuss Racing
Time 1:12.752
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 55
Winner
No. 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Bob Jenkins and Ned Jarrett

SummaryEdit

Practice and QualifyingEdit

Practice and Kendall Pole Day, scheduled for Friday August 13, were both delayed for several hours due to inclement weather conditions. First-round qualifying would be held that day, allowing qualifying positions 1-25 to be locked into the field, but second-round qualifying would be rained out, forcing spots 25-36 to be locked in based on their first round qualifying speeds, and positions 37-43 were locked in based on owner points. Two drivers who failed to qualify, Jack Baldwin and Paul Gentilozzi made their only attempts at a Winston Cup event during this race. Rusty Wallace set a new track record with his pole-qualifying speed at 121.234 mph.

As was common with many road races, several road course ringers attempted to qualify. Two drivers, Boris Said and Ron Fellows, led their first Winston Cup laps during this race. Said, David Murry, and Ted Christopher made their first Winston Cup starts. Christopher also competed in the companion NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series and NASCAR Busch North Series races that weekend, winning and placing second respectively. In addition, full-time Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau, who began his career on road courses, led his first career laps in a Winston Cup race.

RaceEdit

The only drivers who failed to finish underwent mechanical failures. During the race, there were four caution flags for cars (#11, #36, #40, and #45) off the track in the inner loop at separate times, for oil on the race track, and for the #26 car wrecking. 16.7 percent of the race's 90 laps were spent under caution.

1991 winner Ernie Irvan made his final NASCAR Winston Cup start in this race. Irvan suffered career-ending head injuries while practicing his Busch Series car at Michigan International Speedway the following week. David Murry's lone career start came in this race. This race was also the last win for Ray Evernham as crew chief. He left Jeff Gordon's team several weeks later to start his own Winston Cup team.

ESPN carried the coverage for the race. Regular color commentator Benny Parsons missed the race due to a recent operation, however called the telecast in the middle of the race to talk to fellow commentators and viewers.

When the race began to come to a close, the race came down to Jeff Gordon and Canadian road course ringer Ron Fellows. Ron Fellows, in a one-time drive in the #87 NEMCO Motorsports Chevy, led 3 laps late in the race and got passed by Gordon with less than 30 laps to go. Fellows remained in second for several laps and ultimately had one shot at the lead on a restart with 2 laps to go. Fellows tried to pass Gordon in turn 1, but Gordon held off the challenge, pulling away to win the race by 5 car-lengths. Gordon praised Fellows for a fun race in victory lane. It was Fellows' first of 2 runner-up finishes in the Cup series race at Watkins Glen.

Ron Fellows was not the only road course ringer in the race. Boris Said started 2nd in the race and led some laps early in the race in the #14 car owned by Mark Simo. However, Said's day came to an end on lap 48 with a blown engine.

Coming off a win at the Brickyard 400, Dale Jarrett finished fourth to gain twenty-four points on his points lead over Mark Martin. His points lead was at 300 points at the end of the race.

ResultsEdit

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Make Laps Led Status
1 3 24 Jeff Gordon (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 55 Running
2 7 87 Ron Fellows NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet 90 3 Running
3 1 2 Rusty Wallace (W) Penske-Kranefuss Racing Ford 90 9 Running
4 9 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 90 0 Running
5 6 9 Jerry Nadeau Melling Racing Ford 90 9 Running
6 4 20 Tony Stewart (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 90 0 Running
7 26 25 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 2 Running
8 25 44 Kyle Petty (W) Petty Enterprises Pontiac 90 0 Running
9 17 31 Mike Skinner Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 90 0 Running
10 5 6 Mark Martin (W) Roush Racing Ford 90 0 Running
11 10 5 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 0 Running
12 39 1 Steve Park Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 90 0 Running
13 27 99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 90 0 Running
14 38 97 Chad Little Roush Racing Ford 90 0 Running
15 16 66 Darrell Waltrip Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 90 0 Running
16 13 23 Jimmy Spencer Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford 90 0 Flagged
17 30 33 Ken Schrader Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 90 0 Running
18 42 21 Elliott Sadler (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 90 0 Running
19 23 55 Kenny Wallace Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet 90 0 Running
20 14 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 90 0 Running
21 19 7 Michael Waltrip Mattei Motorsports Chevrolet 90 1 Running
22 12 4 Bobby Hamilton Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 90 2 Running
23 41 98 Rick Mast Cale Yarborough Motorsports Ford 90 0 Running
24 22 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 90 0 Running
25 40 16 Kevin Lepage Roush Racing Ford 90 0 Running
26 29 28 Kenny Irwin, Jr. Robert Yates Racing Ford 90 0 Running
27 43 75 Ted Musgrave Butch Mock Motorsports Ford 90 0 Running
28 8 94 Bill Elliott Bill Elliott Racing Ford 90 0 Running
29 18 43 John Andretti Petty Enterprises Pontiac 90 0 Running
30 11 42 Joe Nemechek SABCO Racing Chevrolet 89 0 Running
31 33 13 Ted Christopher (R) Mystique Motorsports Chevrolet 89 0 Running
32 24 10 Ricky Rudd (W) Rudd Performance Motorsports Ford 89 0 Running
33 20 40 Sterling Marlin SABCO Racing Chevrolet 89 0 Running
34 37 12 Jeremy Mayfield Penske-Kranefuss Racing Ford 89 0 Running
35 21 60 Geoffrey Bodine (W) Joe Bessey Motorsports Chevrolet 89 0 Running
36 28 45 Rich Bickle Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac 88 0 Running
37 32 41 David Green Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet 88 0 Running
38 34 26 Johnny Benson, Jr. Roush Racing Ford 85 0 Running
39 31 61 David Murry (R) Phoenix Air Racing Ford 78 0 Running
40 35 11 Brett Bodine Brett Bodine Racing Ford 66 0 Running
41 36 36 Ernie Irvan (W) MB2 Motorsports Pontiac 60 0 Engine
42 2 14 Boris Said (R) Irvan-Simo Motorsports Ford 48 9 Engine
43 15 22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 48 0 Engine
Failed to Qualify
77 Robert Pressley Jasper Motorsports Ford
30 Derrike Cope Eel River Racing Pontiac
19 Paul Gentilozzi (R) Roehig Motorsports Pontiac
91 Jack Baldwin (R) LJ Racing Chevrolet
58 Hut Stricklin SBIII Motorsports Ford
71 Dave Marcis Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet
Notes:
  1. Homelink signed a one race agreement to sponsor the #14 car for this race after their original entry, the #19 car, did not qualify.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weather History for Watkins Glen, New York: April 15, 1999". Farmer's Almanac. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "1999 Frontier @ the Glen". Racing Reference. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
Preceded by
1999 Brickyard 400
NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
1999
Succeeded by
1999 Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer