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The 2018 Go Bowling at The Glen is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on August 5, 2018 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 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Chase Elliott scored his first career win in this race after holding off a hard-charging Martin Truex Jr. who was the defending winner from last year. This (as of now) was the final race for Brian France as the CEO of NASCAR, as he was arrested for DUI hours after the race occurred. Jim France was the CEO starting at Michigan.

2018 Go Bowling at The Glen
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 22 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date August 5, 2018 (2018-08-05)
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 98.928 miles per hour (159.209 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 1:10.260
Most laps led
Driver Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 52
Winner
No. 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Steve Letarte (booth), Mike Bagley (Turns 2 and 3), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Turn 5) and Jeff Burton (Turns 9-11)
Nielsen Ratings 2.3 (Overnight)[10]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (Esses), Alex Hayden (Turn 5) and Kyle Rickey (Turns 9-11)

Contents

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 J.D. McDuffie's 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
00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
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
6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Spencer Gallagher (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell 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 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Josh Bilicki (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Erik Jones was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 1:10.467 and a speed of 125.165 mph (201.434 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:10.467 125.165
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:10.983 124.255
3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 1:11.328 123.654
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Chase Elliott was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 1:10.832 and a speed of 124.520 mph (200.396 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:10.832 124.520
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:10.920 124.365
3 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1:11.141 123.979
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

Denny Hamlin scored the pole for the race with a time of 1:10.260 and a speed of 125.534 mph (202.027 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:10.919 1:10.260
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:10.736 1:10.320
3 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:10.489 1:10.323
4 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 1:10.779 1:10.418
5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:10.961 1:10.687
6 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 1:10.857 1:10.721
7 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1:11.030 1:10.820
8 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 1:10.981 1:10.891
9 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:10.754 1:10.897
10 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 1:11.077 1:10.897
11 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 1:11.035 1:10.951
12 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 1:11.051 1:10.969
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:11.085
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:11.161
15 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1:11.167
16 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:11.194
17 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 1:11.196
18 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1:11.211
19 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1:11.233
20 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 1:11.235
21 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:11.298
22 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:11.387
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1:11.406
24 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1:11.589
25 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 1:11.617
26 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1:11.871
27 96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 1:12.038
28 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 1:12.201
29 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 1:12.224
30 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 1:12.328
31 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 1:12.791
32 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 1:13.436
33 51 Josh Bilicki (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 1:13.750
34 23 Spencer Gallagher (i) BK Racing Toyota 1:13.809
35 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 1:14.934
36 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford DSQ -
37 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford DSQ -
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 20

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 10
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9
3 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8
4 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 7
5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 6
6 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 5
7 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4
8 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 3
9 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 2
10 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 20

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 6
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5
7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 3
9 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 2
10 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 50

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 3 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 50
2 4 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 90 51
3 2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90 43
4 21 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90 34
5 9 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90 39
6 5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 90 34
7 14 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 90 35
8 16 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 37
9 36 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 90 28
10 15 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 90 31
11 18 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 90 26
12 11 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 90 27
13 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90 32
14 22 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90 27
15 8 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 90 22
16 23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 90 21
17 17 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 90 26
18 12 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 90 26
19 19 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 90 23
20 20 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 90 20
21 10 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 90 16
22 7 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 90 15
23 30 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 90 14
24 27 96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 90 0
25 29 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 89 12
26 25 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 89 11
27 24 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 89 10
28 37 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 89 11
29 26 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 89 9
30 13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 89 16
31 35 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 88 6
32 32 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 77 0
33 28 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 75 4
34 31 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 73 3
35 34 23 Spencer Gallagher (i) BK Racing Toyota 73 0
36 33 51 Josh Bilicki (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 69 0
37 6 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 1 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 5 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 4 for 11
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 13 minutes and 44 seconds
  • Average speed: 98.928 miles per hour (159.209 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen and Steve Letarte called in the regular booth for the race; Motor Racing Network broadcaster Mike Bagley called from the Esses, Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call from Turn 5, and Jeff Burton called from Turns 9-11. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBC
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Esses Announcer: Mike Bagley
Turn 5 Announcer Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Turns 9-11 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: Kurt Becker
Turn 10 & 11: Kyle Rickey
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Watkins Glen International". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 30, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 4, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 4, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 4, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Go Bowling at The Glen Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 5, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Watkins Glen TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (August 4, 2018). "Erik Jones tops Kyle Busch in Saturday's first Watkins Glen practice". Motorsport.com. Watkins Glen, New York: Motorsport Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (August 4, 2018). "Chase Elliott leads final Cup practice at Watkins Glen". Motorsport.com. Watkins Glen, New York: Motorsport Network. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "Denny Hamlin Cup wins pole at Watkins Glen". Associated Press. Watkins Glen, New York: AP Sports. Associated Press. August 4, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.


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