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NASCAR - Nationwide - Zippo 200 at The Glen Preview

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DATE: Saturday, August 11th
SITE: Watkins Glen International (1956) -- Watkins Glen, New York
TRACK: 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course
CAPACITY: 33,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 19th
TELEVISION: ABC
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2:15 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kurt Busch (Not Defending)
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Kurt Busch (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 82
MILES: 200.9
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kurt Busch, 2011 (123.241 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $910,170 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $35,150; 2nd Place - $31,4750; 3rd Place - $21,875
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kurt Busch16Paul Menard7
2Jimmie Johnson67Ron Fellows5
3Joey Logano88Aric Almirola17
4Kyle Busch29Trevor Bayne11
5Carl Edwards310Elliott Sadler4
2011 Zippo 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 106.582 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 57 minutes, 14 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.974 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 2 for 5 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 2 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kurt Busch (123.241 m.p.h.)
Past Zippo 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kurt Busch (1st) -- Dodge -- 106.582 m.p.h. (race record)
2010 -- Marcos Ambrose (1st) -- Toyota -- 93.526 m.p.h.
2009 -- Marcos Ambrose (2nd) -- Toyota -- 79.407 m.p.h.
2008 -- Marcos Ambrose (12th) -- Ford -- 85.957 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 90.768 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kurt Busch (1st) -- Dodge -- 89.221 m.p.h.
2005 -- Ryan Newman (4th) -- Dodge -- 71.686 m.p.h.
2004 -- Not Held
2003 -- Not Held
2002 -- Not Held
2001 -- Ron Fellows (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 89.754 m.p.h.
2000 -- Ron Fellows (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 90.586 m.p.h.
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 76.034 m.p.h.
1998 -- Ron Fellows (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 70.183 m.p.h.
1997 -- Mike McLaughlin (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 90.225 m.p.h.
1996 -- Terry Labonte (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.468 m.p.h.
1995 -- Terry Labonte (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 84.186 m.p.h.
1994 -- Terry Labonte (21st) -- Chevrolet -- 93.717 m.p.h.
1993 -- Bill Elliott (2nd) -- Ford -- 89.970 m.p.h.
1992 -- Ernie Irvan (22nd) -- Chevrolet -- 93.991 m.p.h.
1991 -- Terry Labonte (1st) -- Oldsmobile -- 94.003 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Fay's 150 (1991-94), Lysol 200 (1995-2000), GNC Live
Well 200 (2001). Race was changed from 150 miles to 200 miles in 1995.
 
Past Zippo 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Kurt Busch -- 1st
2010 -- Marcos Ambrose -- 1st
2009 -- Kevin Harvick -- 4th
2008 -- Dario Franchitti -- 5th
2007 -- Kurt Busch -- 3rd
2006 -- Kurt Busch -- 1st
2005 -- Tony Stewart -- 4th
2004 -- Not Held
2003 -- Not Held
2002 -- Not Held
2001 -- Scott Pruett -- 8th
2000 -- Ron Fellows -- 1st
1999 -- Ron Fellows -- 2nd
1998 -- Boris Said -- 40th
1997 -- Joe Nemechek -- 3rd
1996 -- David Green -- 5th
1995 -- Terry Labonte -- 1st
1994 -- Ricky Craven -- 7th
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 36th
1992 -- Kenny Wallace -- 6th
1991 -- Terry Labonte -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: U.S. Cellular 250 (August 4th)
SITE: Iowa Speedway -- Newton, Iowa
MILES: 218.75
LAPS: 250
WINNER: Elliott Sadler
RUNNER-UP: Justin Allgaier
THIRD: Sam Hornish Jr.
FOURTH: Michael Annett
FIFTH: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 53 minutes, 31 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 115.622 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.649 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 16 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: E. Sadler pole; D. Wallace Jr. 1-36; A. Dillon 37-56;
E. Sadler 57-58; A. Dillon 59-91; J. Allgaier 92-192;
E. Sadler 193-250.
Zippo 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Derek White (Kahnawake, QB, Canada)Chevrolet/TBA
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Advocare
4Daryl Harr (St. Albert, Canada)Chevrolet/iWorld
5Ron Fellows (Mississauga, Ontario)Chevrolet/Canadian Tire
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
08Louis-Philippe Dumoulin (Canada)Ford/Randy Hill Racing
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/PPG
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Chris Cook (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
18Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
19Tayler Malsam (Seattle WA)Toyota/G-Oil/Noah's Light Foundation
20Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Grime Boss
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire/SKF
23To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville, GA)Chevrolet/Michael Connolly Endowment
26John Young (Discovery Bay, CA)Dodge/Eklekt Technologies Group
30Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Chevrolet/Duroline
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Matthew Bell (Mountain View, CA)Ford/Global Barter
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
41Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
42Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Flying J
44Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/The Motorsports Group
47Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Automotive
52Ryan Ellis (Torrance, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
53Eric Curran (Holyoke, MA)Dodge/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
59Kyle Kelley (Huntington Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Jamison Eng./upr.com
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Ford EcoBoost
70Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
75Kenny Habul (Etobicoke, Canada)Toyota/Sun Energy 1 Racing
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Toyota/American Majority
87Alex Kennedy (Aztec, NM)Toyota/Global Barter Corp.
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/taxslayer.com
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Hyland's Leg Cramps
97Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
99Victor Gonzalez Jr. (San Juan, PR)Toyota/Delta Commercial/MCA
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Joey Logano---------------7th33rd2nd3rd
Kyle Busch---------37th---2nd2nd5th4th
Carl Edwards------11th27th32nd25th3rd33rd5th
Paul Menard------8th18th4th---29th17th6th
Ron Fellows------42nd9th24th---5th6th7th
Elliott Sadler------------------------10th
Justin Allgaier------------------17th34th12th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.------------------------15th
Michael Annett------------------20th19th19th
Brad Keselowski---------------6th9th4th---
Kasey Kahne------13th------------------
Sam Hornish Jr.---------------36th---------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
Danica Patrick---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Michael Annett - Started in the 17th position and finished 4th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Brad Keselowski
Darkhorse - Ryan Truex
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Austin Dillon) - Finished 15th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Joe Nemechek) - Finished 16th
 
NOTES:
The Nationwide Series will run its second road-course race of the season this weekend at Watkins Glen International. Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. hosted the first road-course event in Nationwide this season in June, with Nelson Piquet Jr. scoring the win. The series will compete at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal next week.

Kurt Busch won last year's Nationwide race at Watkins Glen. Busch substituted for the injured Brad Keselowski in Penske Racing's No. 22 Dodge. Keselowski opted not to compete in the Nationwide event there while he continued to heal from a fractured left ankle he sustained in a crash during testing at Road Atlanta earlier in the month.

Busch held off his fellow Sprint Cup Series competitors Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and younger brother Kyle Busch during a green-white-checkered finish for his second Nationwide win at Watkins Glen. His first victory there came in 2006. The Busch brothers were the only drivers who led in the 2011 race. Kyle held the top spot for 48 laps, and Kurt, the pole sitter, ran in front for the other 27 circuits.

Terry Labonte holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Watkins Glen with four. Marcos Ambrose and Ron Fellows have won there three times each.

Labonte won the inaugural race at Watkins Glen in 1991 and then scored three victories in a row there from 1994-96. Ambrose also won three consecutive events at this track from 2008-10.

Fellows is the only driver entered in this race that has a previous Nationwide win at Watkins Glen. Fellows' victories there came in 1998, 2000 and '01. He is driving the No. 5 car for JR Motorsports.

This will be the 19th visit for Nationwide at Watkins Glen. The series raced there from 1991-2001, then took a three-year break before resuming competition in 2006.

Ten of the previous 18 Nationwide races have been won from either the first or second starting positions. Just four of them have been won from a starting spot outside the top-10.

Ernie Irvan started 22nd and won at Watkins Glen in 1992, which is the furthest back a driver has started and won a Nationwide event there.

The next Nationwide Series race is the August 18 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. Marcos Ambrose won last year's race there.

08/07 14:57:40 ET

As of August 7, 2012, at 02:57 PM ET