Watkins Glen International, approximately three hours from the Buffalo area, is one of two road courses on the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. Located in the Finger Lakes region, the historic road course will host the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen weekend for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide the weekend of August 8th through 10th. The K&N Pro Series East will also be competing that weekend.
Racing began in Watkins Glen in 1948, racing through various roads in the village. A temporary road course was built in 1953, and the current 2.3-mile permanent circuit was built in 1956. The first NASCAR race at The Glen was held in 1957, and Formula One visited the track from 1961 to 1980. The Glen closed in 1981 following financial difficulties; it was purchased in 1983, renovated, and reopened in 1984. NASCAR returned to The Glen in 1986.
Grandstands open Friday at 8 a.m., with the K&N Pro Series East practicing at 8 and 11 a.m. Nationwide Series practices at 9:30 a.m. and 2:10 p.m., followed by Cup Series practice at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m.. The K&N Series qualifies at 3:40 p.m. for their race that evening at 6:15 p.m.
On Saturday, grandstands open at 9 a.m., with Nationwide Series qualifying at 9:40 a.m. and Cup Series qualifying at 11:40 a.m.; the Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at The Glen goes green at 2:15 p.m.
On Sunday, grandstands open at 10 a.m., with the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen going green at 1 p.m.
Tickets for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen weekend are still available: four-day passes start at $80 in advance, $90 at the gate (general admission); individual day passes are also available. For more information on these events and to purchase tickets, visit www.theglen.com.
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