Watkins Glen International confirmed today via press release that NASCAR races would return to the track for the 2014 season. Both NASCAR's Sprint Cup race, the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, and the Nationwide series race, the Zippo 200, will take place over the weekend of August 7-10, 2014.
Watkins Glen International President, Michael Printup, had this to say about the confirmed dates:
“Our world renowned road course continues to host one of the most exciting races of the season. Each year as wins become more important in the race to the Chase, we see drivers fighting for every position and producing outstanding racing with spectacular finishes for our loyal fans.”
According to WGI, the drivers themselves look forward to returning to the Glen as well. Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Ford Fusion for Roush-Fenway Racing in the Cup series, remarked: “The Cheez-It™ 355 at The Glen is one of the most fun and challenging races in all of NASCAR. I can’t wait to go back!”
Similar to how the weekend went this year, the 2014 Nationwide series Zippo 200 will run on Saturday, (8/9) followed by the Sprint Cup Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Sunday (8/10).
Attendance had increased for the NASCAR races in 2013, and interest remains high among the drivers to return to the Glen in an attempt to conquer its challenging road course, one of only a few they drive in a season dominated by stock cars' traditional, oval tracks.
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