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2017 I Love New York 355 at The Glen

The 2017 I Love New York 355 at The Glen, was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on August 6, 2017 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Contested over 90 laps on the 2.45-mile (3.94 km) road course, it was the 22nd race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2017 I Love New York 355 at The Glen
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 22 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
I Love New York 355 logo.jpeg
Date August 6, 2017 (2017-08-06)
Location Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York
Course Permanent racing facility
2.45 mi (3.94 km)
Distance 90 laps, 220.5 mi (354.6 km)
Average speed 104.132 miles per hour (167.584 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 69.490
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Laps 24
Winner
No. 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Leigh Diffey, Steve Letarte (booth), Mike Bagley (Esses), Parker Kligerman (Turn 5) and Jeff Burton (Turn 6 & 7)
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (Esses), Alex Hayden (Inner loop & Turn 5) and Kyle Rickey (Turn 10 & 11)

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Watkins Glen International (nicknamed "The Glen") is an automobile race track located in Watkins Glen, New York at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. It was long known around the world as the home of the Formula One United States Grand Prix, which it hosted for twenty consecutive years (1961–1980), but the site has been home to road racing of nearly every class, including the World Sportscar Championship, Trans-Am, Can-Am, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the International Motor Sports Association and the IndyCar Series.

Initially, public roads in the village were used for the race course. In 1956 a permanent circuit for the race was built. In 1968 the race was extended to six hours, becoming the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen. The circuit's current layout has more or less been the same since 1971, although a chicane was installed at the uphill Esses in 1975 to slow cars through these corners, where there was a fatality during practice at the 1973 United States Grand Prix. The chicane was removed in 1985, but another chicane called the "Inner Loop" was installed in 1992 after a fatal accident during the previous year's NASCAR Winston Cup event.

The circuit is known as the Mecca of North American road racing and is a very popular venue among fans and drivers. The facility is currently owned by International Speedway Corporation.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Gary Klutt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
33 Boris Said Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Brett Moffitt (i) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Kyle Busch was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 70.270 seconds and a speed of 125.516 mph (201.998 km/h).[10]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 70.270 125.516
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 70.675 124.797
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 70.817 124.546
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 70.067 seconds and a speed of 125.880 mph (202.584 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 70.067 125.880
2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 70.077 125.862
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 70.224 125.598
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kyle Busch scored the pole for the race with a time of 69.490 and a speed of 126.925 mph (204.266 km/h).[12]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 70.316 69.490
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 70.415 69.862
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 70.005 70.132
4 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 69.958 70.232
5 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 70.292 70.305
6 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 70.444 70.314
7 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 70.593 70.353
8 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 70.335 70.372
9 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 70.041 70.567
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 70.537 71.114
11 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 70.432 0.000
12 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 70.504 0.000
13 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 70.618
14 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 70.630
15 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 70.665
16 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 70.687
17 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Ford 70.726
18 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 70.730
19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 70.735
20 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 70.740
21 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 70.806
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 70.860
23 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 70.937
24 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 71.122
25 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 71.162
26 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 71.162
27 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 71.332
28 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 71.442
29 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 71.566
30 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 71.710
31 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 72.220
32 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 72.516
33 83 Brett Moffitt (i) BK Racing Toyota 73.259
34 15 Gary Klutt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 73.261
35 33 Boris Said Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 74.037
36 23 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 74.274
37 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 74.790
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

First stageEdit

Trevor Bayne and Chase Elliott reported brake issues during the pace laps prior to the start of the race. While Elliott stayed out and raced on, Bayne took his car to the garage prior to the initial start. When his team fixed the problem, he joined the race on Lap 11, 10 laps down.

Kyle Busch led the field to the green flag at 3:21 p.m. Erik Jones, running sixth, overshot the entrance to the inner-loop and came to a complete stop, as a driver is required to do in that situation, before continuing on. Multiple drivers elected to short-pit the end of the first stage on Lap 18. Busch drove unchallenged to a first stage victory on Lap 21. Elliott, who was among those that short-pitted on Lap 18, took the lead when Busch and the rest pitted under the stage break. Busch made a second stop for a lug nut stuck between the left-front tire and the wheel. During the caution, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who reported on Lap 19 that he was losing power, took his car to the garage and retired from the race with engine issues.[13]

Second stageEdit

The race restarted on Lap 25. Kyle Larson (fourth) and Jamie McMurray (second) pitted on Lap 29, with McMurray spending roughly 30 seconds in his pit stall, dealing with an issue on the right-front tire. Elliott pitted from the lead on Lap 31, handing it to Daniel Suárez, who held off a charging Martin Truex Jr. with an impressive block in the final corner to win the second stage on Lap 41.[14]

Final stageEdit

On the ensuing Lap 45 restart, Truex took the lead from Suárez exiting Turn 1.[15] Busch and Brad Keselowski made contact in the inner-loop, sending them both spinning, though both continued on and the race stayed green.[16] A tire carcass from Landon Cassill's car on the backstretch brought out the third caution on Lap 51. Keselowski ascended to the lead when Truex and the rest of the leaders pitted. During the caution, Kevin Harvick made contact with Brett Moffitt while exiting his pit stall as Brett entered his, dealing moderate damage to the front of Harvick's car.

The race restarted on Lap 55. Truex applied pressure for a few laps to Keselowski, before Keselowski pulled aside and allowed him to take the lead entering Turn 11 on Lap 65. By Lap 69, almost everyone was told he/she was short of the fuel needed to make it to the finish. Keselowski, who last pitted during the second stage break, was told he was six laps short of making it. Larson pitted on Lap 69, ensuring he would make it to the finish on fuel, as did Joey Logano with 15 laps to go. Elliott and Kasey Kahne pitted for fuel with nine to go, and Busch and McMurray followed suit four laps later.

While Truex was conserving his fuel load for the finish, Keselowski reeled him in and powered by his outside on the approach to the inner-loop to retake the lead with 14 to go.[17] Unfortunately, he didn't save enough to make it to the end and pitted from the lead with three to go.[18] Ryan Blaney took over the lead for a short time with two to go, but ran out of fuel on the approach to the inner-loop. Truex took over the lead as the white flag waved.[19] He botched his entry into the inner-loop and locked up entering Turn 10 on the final lap, however, allowing Matt Kenseth to close in on him.[20] But in the end, Truex drove on to victory.[21]

Race resultsEdit

Stage resultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 20

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 9
3 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8
4 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 7
5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 6
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5
7 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 4
8 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daughtery Racing Chevrolet 3
9 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 20

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 9
3 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 7
5 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 6
6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 4
8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2
10 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daughtery Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final stage resultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 50

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 90 58
2 15 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90 43
3 5 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90 44
4 11 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90 38
5 12 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 90 32
6 18 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 90 34
7 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90 42
8 16 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 90 36
9 7 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 90 32
10 6 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 90 33
11 17 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 90 26
12 14 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 90 25
13 4 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 32
14 9 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 90 28
15 8 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 90 32
16 19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 23
17 20 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 90 20
18 21 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 90 19
19 24 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 90 18
20 22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 90 18
21 29 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 90 16
22 25 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 90 15
23 2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 90 21
24 13 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 90 17
25 23 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 90 12
26 27 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 90 11
27 31 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 90 10
28 37 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 90 9
29 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 8
30 35 33 Boris Said Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 89 7
31 34 15 Gary Klutt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 89 6
32 33 83 Brett Moffitt (i) BK Racing Toyota 89 0
33 36 23 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 89 4
34 26 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 81 3
35 30 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 80 2
36 32 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 78 1
37 28 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 6 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 3 for 8
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 7 minutes and 3 seconds
  • Average speed: 104.132 miles per hour (167.584 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Leigh Diffey and Steve Letarte had the call in the regular booth for the race; Diffey subbed for Rick Allen, who was covering the IAAF World Championship in London. Motor Racing Network broadcaster Mike Bagley had the call from the Esses, Parker Kligerman had the call from Turn 5, and Jeff Burton had the call from Turns 6 & 7. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Leigh Diffey
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Esses Announcer: Mike Bagley
Turn 5 Announcer Parker Kligerman
Turns 6 & 7 Announcer Jeff Burton
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

Motor Racing Network had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Esses: Dave Moody
Inner loop & Turn 5: Alex Hayden
Turn 10 & 11: Kyle Rickey
Jack Arute
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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