Go Bowling at The Glen Race – Preview and Pick

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Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

This week on the NASCAR Cup Series, we have the Go Bowling at The Glen, at Watkins Glen International.

Read along for all of the information that you should want to know for this race, including updated odds, as well as a betting pick grounded in analysis.

Last week’s race at Richmond Raceway was a matter of “better late than never” for Kevin Harvick. First, he had been enduring a stretch of 65 races without a victory. So, he finally ended his drought.

Second, he did not enter the lead until over 300 laps had been completed in the race. But Harvick was strongest in the phase of the race that mattered most, the decisive third and final stage, and he held on by .441 seconds over Christopher Bell. Harvick has won a lot at Richmond, but now he’s sure to resume his losing ways going forward.


NASCAR Cup Series: Go Bowling at The Glen

Sunday, August 21, 2022 – 03:00 PM EDT at Watkins Glen International


Last Week’s Race: Federated Auto Parts

Last week, the Federated Auto Parts 400 took place at Richmond Raceway. This track is Kevin Harvick’s sixth-best in his career in terms of average finishing position. It was a suitable venue for Harvick to end his 65-race victory drought.

During this race, it was far from the case that it always looked like Harvick would win. Overall, there were 16 lead changes for which nine different drivers were responsible. Initial successes were captured by Ross Chastain and Joey Logano who won Stage 1 and Stage 2, respectively.

Harvick finally entered the lead on Lap 334, and then for one final time on Lap 353. His ability to hold on for the victory was crucial, because he had been struggling to perform well, especially with any consistency. After winning at Michigan, his pattern mandated a weak follow-up performance. However, his win establishes his superb racing form at that point of the season. Now he is fourth in the standings.

This all being said, while Harvick did win consecutive races, which is very rare and very hard for drivers to do, we must exclude him from our candidates to win this upcoming race because it is so difficult and rare for drivers to win three consecutive NASCAR races.


Go Bowling at The Glen: Race Info

This week’s race is the Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Mill in New York. For this race, drivers must complete a total of 90 laps.

As is almost always the case, there will be three stages for this event:

  • Stage 1 requires drivers to complete 20 laps
  • Stage 2 consists in the next 20 laps
  • Stage 3 terminates upon completion of lap 90


Entry List for The Race

By mid-week, an entry list is posted for the upcoming race. Posted on this list are 39 teams/drivers out of 40 possible spots.

It will be a relatively packed affair, therefore, barring any unforeseen circumstances, we already know which drivers will compete in this race.

We may expect all the usual suspects.

Starting Lineup

The starting lineup gets determined via qualifying, which will take place on Saturday, the day before the race, starting at 01:05 PM EDT and ending at 02:00 PM EDT.

Qualifying will be done in two groups, multi-vehicle, and two rounds.

A practice session will directly precede qualifying, practice will also be in two groups, from 12:05 PM EDT to 01:05 PM EDT on the same day as qualifying.


Watkins Glen International: Track Info

The Glen is a road course with an asphalt surface. This course has a long history in which lots of different course layouts have been used for a variety of racing competitions not exclusive to NASCAR.

For Sunday’s NASCAR race, there will be eight turns in what will be a 2.450-mile track.

In completing 90 laps, drivers will have accumulated 220.5 miles.


Guy I Dislike

Know for your NASCAR Picks that Joey Logano is absolutely worth going against on Sunday, as he has an awful track record here.

Most recently, he failed to finish top-20 in his last four tries at Watkins Glen.


Go Bowling at The Glen: My Betting Pick

This is the time for Chase Elliott to reassert himself while building off his fifth-place finish last week. At Watkins Glen, he has two wins and a second-place finish in his last three races.

Moreover, I prefer William Byron to Logano as Byron’s young history on this track is already much more positive than Logano’s.

Byron has two top-10 finishes in his last three races at The Glen.

For the above reasons, invest in Elliott to win and Byron to finish ahead of Logano.

NASCAR Pick: Elliott to Win Outright (+500) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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NASCAR Pick: Byron to Finish Ahead of Logano (-115) at Bovada

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