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Watkins Glen Race Preview; NASCAR Returns At The Glen

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It has been almost 3 weeks since the last NASCAR race in New Hampshire. During that time, racing fans really only had Formula 1 to keep them occupied. But for many American racing fans, there is no replacement for NASCAR. Luckily, the NASCAR is about to hit one of the most storied tracks on the circuit.

The Historic Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen is one of the oldest run road courses on the NASCAR circuit. With that comes a lot of history.

Watkins Glen Race
A view of NASCAR stock cars driving into Turn 1 after the main straight at Watkins Glen International. (Via the AP)

Some of the most iconic moments in NASCAR have come from races at the Glen. This makes it special for a driver to come away with a win at the track. With there being no race at the Glen in 2020, drivers may just be a little bit more motivated to pick up the win Sunday.

Located in Western New York, the track features one of the most beautiful backdrops in all of NASCAR. Drivers normally do not notice that though as they are often preoccupied with conquering corners of the Glen. Of course, since Watkins Glen is a road course, that means it is more than just four left turns. The course features several elevation changes, tight turns, and very memorable bus stop chicane. It requires immense skill for a driver to come away with the win at this track.

Who Will Win? Probably Chase Elliott

Watkins Glen Race
Chase Elliott celebrating his win after the Watkins Glen race in 2019. If this photo looks familiar, it is because it is the one used on the cover of the video game, NASCAR HEAT 5. (Via NASCAR)

Of all the drivers set to race on Sunday the 8th, none probably have more confidence at the Glen than Chase Elliott. The Hendrick Motorsports driver is widely considered to be the best in the business when it comes to road courses. Elliott has earned that title for a very good reason. So far this season, Elliott has won 2 out of the 3 races on road courses and also has won the previous two races at Watkins Glen (2018 and 2019).

It almost seems inevitable that Chase Elliott will take his #9 car to victory lane on Sunday. His biggest competition though may just be his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kyle Larson. Larson was the only driver this year that prevented Elliott from going 3 for 3 at road courses when he won at Sonoma. Even when Elliott fell short though, he still battled for the lead the entire race. Elliott finished second overall at Sonoma, but he absolutely does not want a repeat of that at Watkins Glen.

The Hendrick Show Goes On

Yet again, it is another NASCAR weekend, and a Hendricks car has great odds to win. Other drivers from top teams will put up a fight, but they will have a tall task on their hands. Chase Elliott is really in his element when racing on road courses. Most likely the only way Chase Elliott does not finish in front is if he is involved in a wreck. Even then, Kyle Larson will most likely have better odds to be the winning Hendrick car.

The race at Watkins Glen still will provide for great racing though. The many turns allows for a lot of action to occur at any moment in the race. The Glen is probably one of the best tracks for NASCAR to return to following their break for the Olympics. NASCAR fans surely will not be disappointed.

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