Sunday, August 8, 2021

NASCAR Returns to Watkins Glen International

NASCAR Returns to Watkins Glen International

Go Bowling at The Glen

NASCAR Returns to Watkins Glen International

  • Next Race: Go Bowling at The Glen  
  • The Place: Watkins Glen International  
  • The Date: Sunday, August 8  
  • The Time: 3 p.m. ET  
  • TV: NBCSN, 2:30 p.m. ET 
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio  
  • Distance: 220.5 miles (90 Laps) 
    • Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20) 
    • Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 40) 
    • Final Stage (Ends on Lap 90)


With great anticipation the NASCAR Cup Series returns to New York’s Watkins Glen International for the 23rd race of the 2021 season, the Go Bowling at The Glen, today, August 8 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSNMRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.  Not only has the NASCAR Cup Series been on a two-week Summer hiatus while the Olympics were held, but the series also hasn’t been to Watkins Glen International since 2019 due to restrictions and schedule changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.



Watkins Glen International is one of four tracks left in the regular season to decide who makes it to the Playoffs in 2021. This weekend will be the 38th running of a NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen. The 2.45-mile road course located near Watkins Glen, NY is a multi-elevational course that provides great highspeed racing.


NASCAR Returns to Watkins Glen International


Clinch Scenarios: Four Races Left Till the Playoffs

Time is ticking for the NASCAR Cup Series competitors that have not clinched their spot in the 2021 Playoffs. Just four races remain in the regular season, including this weekend’s Go Bowling at The Glen (Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Watkins Glen International located just outside Watkins Glen, New York. Nine drivers have secured their fate into the postseason leaving seven spots still mathematically available heading into Sunday’s extravaganza.


Already Clinched

The following nine drivers have clinched a spot in the 16-driver postseason field: Kyle Larson, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr.Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Alex Bowman.


Can Clinch Via Previous Wins

The following drivers could clinch if they build up enough points to ensure they will not be left out of the Playoffs due to not all winning drivers having a slot available:


If there is a repeat winner: Kurt Busch would clinch with 46 points and Christopher Bell could only clinch with help.


If there is a new winner: Both Kurt Busch and Christopher Bell could only clinch with help.


Can Clinch Via Win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone: Kurt Busch, Christopher Bell, Michael McDowell, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon.




source: NASCAR Media

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