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Go Bowling at the Glen: Power Rankings

Kurt Busch should rebound this week at Watkins

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GoBowling at The Glen Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Race Information

Race: Go Bowling at The Glen
Laps: 90
Date: August 4th
Venue: Watkins Glen International
2018 Winner: Chase Elliott (2:13:44)
Broadcast: NBCSN


Watkins Glen. Opened in 1956, this 3.4 mile asphalt 11 turn amoeba raceway is a start contrast to most other NASCAR races. “The Glen” brings a different dynamic with 1 real open way for drivers to open up and much of the rest of the race encompassing navigating the turns and mapping out a strategy against the other racers for position.

Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images

Power Rankings

The Favorites

Denny Hamlin (fifth selection this year) — Denny has finished in the top 13 each of the last three years here. He also comes into the Go Bowling at The Glen with three consecutive races finishing in the top five. His win at Pocono by holding off on pit stop paid off well.

Kurt Busch (seventh selection this year) — Kurt struggled last week at Pocono but he has top 12 finishes each of the last five years at Watkins Glen. Last weeks result was tied for his worst result of the season, last time he finished outside the top 20 he followed it up with 11th, I’m hoping and expecting him to do better this week.

High Risk / High Reward

Erik Jones (fifth selection this year) — Doubling down on Erik Jones who finished 10th here as a rookie and 5th here last year. He is now fresh off back to back to back top three finishes, I will be riding this until he falters.

Clint Bowyer (fourth selection this year) — Clint has finished in the top 12 here three of the last four years. He has two top 12 finishes in his last five so we shall see how he fares here. Clint was doing well at Pocono until the final restart with four laps to go, he would fall from 8th to 18th from there.

The Dark Horse

William Byron (third selection this year) — Williams finished eight as a rookie here last year. He finished 4th last week at Pocono and has three top 10 finishes in his last five races.

2019 Results

Favorite: Avg Finish 13th (34th Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Avg Finish 11th (29th Percent)
Dark Horse: Avg Finish 18th (49th Percent)


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