Go Bowling at the Glen Preview: Return to the Road Course
Go Bowling at the Glen Preview: Return to the Road Course

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

This weekend the Monster Energy Cup Series visits Watkins Glen International for the next road course race in the schedule with its annual running of the Go Bowling at the Glen. This circuit is an 11-turn, winding road course with many long straights terminated by hair-pin turns. The event is 90 laps on the almost 2.5-mile course. Top speeds are close to 160 mph which is very unusual for a typical road circuit, and this is due mainly to the long straights that occur at three places on the track. Horse power and aero-handling are key factors for this race, so it's a bit different than the other road courses in NASCAR. As the drivers barrel down the straights and into sharp corners, we see more than a few go off course as they attempt aggressive braking and accelerating maneuvers to make the pass. The teams that can stay on the course and out of the gravel traps or grass will collect a good finish this Sunday at the Glen. Over the last few seasons we've seen NASCAR racing on the road circuits turn from more of a finesse game and into a fender-beating battle similar to what you would see on the series' short tracks. Aggressive driving is essential to victory, but qualifying up front on the starting grid is even more important. The drivers who get good starting spots are often the ones seen hoisting the trophy at the end of the day at Watkins Glen International. Making
Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only NASCAR Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire NASCAR fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
NASCAR Barometer: Blaney Overcomes Spin to Win at Talladega
NASCAR Barometer: Blaney Overcomes Spin to Win at Talladega
DraftKings NASCAR: 1000Bulbs.com 500
DraftKings NASCAR: 1000Bulbs.com 500
1000Bulbs.com 500 Preview: The Wild Card of the Chase
1000Bulbs.com 500 Preview: The Wild Card of the Chase
NASCAR Barometer:  Drydene 400
NASCAR Barometer: Drydene 400