Ford and driver Kevin Harvick will win the third consecutive Cup this weekend

FORD PERFORMANCE NASCAR: WATKINS GLEN

Kevin Harvick will be looking for his third straight NASCAR Cup Series win when the tour stops at Watkins Glen International for Sunday’s Go Bowling at The Glen. This race will be preceded by the NASCAR Xfinity event on Saturday.

This week’s schedule:

Saturday, August 20 – NASCAR XFINITY Series, 3 p.m. (US)

Sunday, August 21 – NASCAR Cup Series, 3 p.m. (US)

FORD IN THE MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES AT WATKINS GLEN

  • Ford has 8 all-time series wins at Watkins Glen.
  • Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick have series wins at Watkins Glen.
  • Mark Martin and Marcos Ambrose are the only Ford drivers to have won this race more than once.

FORD IN THE NASCAR XFINITY SERIES AT WATKINS GLEN

  • Ford has 9 series wins at Watkins Glen.
  • Ford has won 7 of the last 9 races in the series held at Watkins Glen.
  • Team Penske has won this event 4 of the last 6 years they have fielded an entry.

FORD DRIVERS CURRENTLY IN THE PLAYOFF HUNT

Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick clinched spots in the 16-driver NASCAR Cup Series playoff field with a pair of wins each, but Ford’s other three drivers currently in the field will have to wait and celebrate. officially. Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric have one win apiece while Ryan Blaney sits on the bubble as the current top driver with points. If any of the 15 drivers who have already won a race this season take the checkered flag first on Sunday, it will lock out Cindric and Briscoe.

BLANEY ON THE BUBBLE

As noted above, Ryan Blaney is firmly on the bubble as the highest-ranked driver in the points standings without a win this season. Blaney currently holds a 26-point advantage over Martin Truex Jr., but the only thing that would guarantee him a playoff spot with two races to go would be a win. Blaney enters Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen with a pair of top 10 finishes in five career starts, with his best effort being a fifth-place finish in 2019.

HARVICK NOW 10E ON THE ALL-TIME FORD CUP VICTORY LIST

Kevin Harvick’s second straight NASCAR Cup Series win saw him break a tie with Matt Kenseth for 10e on Ford’s winning list with 25. Harvick, who has won more Mustang Cup races (15) than any other driver, is just one win away from equaling Brad Keselowski, Junior Johnson and Fred Lorenzen . Here’s a look at the winningest Ford drivers of all time.

  1. Ned Jarrett……….. 43
  2. Bill Elliott………….. 40
  3. Mark Martin……….. 35
  4. Dale Jarrett……………. 30
  5. David Pearson……….. 29
  6. Joey Logano……….. 27
  7. Fred Lorenzen……….. 26

Junior Johnson……….. 26

Brad Keselowski……… 26

  1. Kevin Harvick……….. 25

GURNEY IS ALL-TIME WINNER OF FORD ROAD COURSE

NASCAR has competed in 16 different road courses in its history and Ford has had 21 drivers who have won 33 times in total. Dan Gurney leads the way with five, including four consecutive victories at Riverside International Raceway from 1963 to 1966 while driving for the Wood Brothers. Mark Martin, with three consecutive victories at Watkins Glen International from 1993 to 1995, is second.

FORD CUP ALL-TIME ROAD COURSE WINNERS

5 – Dan Gurney

4 – Mark Martin

2 – Fireball Roberts, Marvin Panch, Parnelli Jones, Ricky Rudd, Marcos Ambrose

1 – Chuck Stevenson, Eddie Gray, Richard Petty, AJ Foyt, Bobby Allison, Bill Elliott, Davey Allison, Geoffrey Bodine, Ernie Irvan, Rusty Wallace, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney.

FORD’S ACTIVE WINNERS

There are three current drivers who have won a NASCAR Cup Series race on a road course with Ford. The most recent winner was Ryan Blaney, who won the inaugural event at the Charlotte Roval in 2018. Kevin Harvick, who enters this weekend with 25 career Ford wins in just over five years, earned his first with the Blue Oval in 2017 when he won in Sonoma. Joey Logano earned his Cup victory at Watkins Glen International in 2015, which completed a weekend sweep after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series race a day earlier.

OTHER FORD WINNERS

In addition to the drivers mentioned above, Ford has five other competitors who have won on a road course in the NASCAR Cup or NASCAR XFINITY Series. Brad Keselowski (Watkins Glen NXS with Ford, 2013); Chris Buescher (Mid-Ohio NXS with Ford, 2014); Michael McDowell (Road America NXS, 2016); Chase Briscoe (Charlotte Roval, 2018 and Indianapolis, 2020); and Austin Cindric (Road America NXS, 2020).

66-FOR-66

The first time Ford won a NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International was when Marvin Panch drove the Wood Brothers to victory on July 18, 1965. There were only 19 cars in the field that day- there and it turned out to be a Ford spectacle as all 66 laps were led by three drivers sporting the Blue Oval. Ned Jarrett, who finished second, led the first lap before Junior Johnson passed him on lap two. Johnson led the field for 12 circuits until his engine blew, allowing Panch to inherit a lead he never relinquished, completing the final 53 laps and arriving first at the flag. checkered. The win was Panch’s fourth of the season and the second-to-last of his career, which ended with 17 wins.

THREE RIGHT

Mark Martin became the first driver to win three consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, and he capped that streak on August 13, 1995 after passing Wally Dallenbach, Jr. on lap 84 of the 90-lap event . Martin, who led a race of 61 total laps, held off the road race specialist to gain by one second. The victory completed a three-year run that saw him not only sit on pole each time, but lead 183 of 270 laps (68%).

FINAL VICTORY

When Chemung, NY native Geoffrey Bodine took the checkered flag in the #7 QVC Ford Thunderbird on August 11, 1996, he laid down a strategy that hadn’t been used until now. He, along with team manager Paul Andrews, used an ‘only stop when you have to’ strategy and that resulted in only making two stops in the 90-lap event, compared to three for everyone else. Bodine passed Ken Schrader with eight laps to go, then held off Terry Labonte in the final laps to win. This marked the 18e and the final victory of his career in the NASCAR Cup Series, and he came in front of his hometown fans.

CLASSIC FINISH

One of the all-time classic finishes at Watkins Glen International came when Marcos Ambrose skidded on the final lap, but still helped him win the NASCAR Cup Series race for the second straight time on August 12, 2012. a race that had more twists and turns in the last three laps than many remember in recent years, Ambrose is the one who survived a huge streak of oil that had been deposited on the track, allowing him to overtake Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski for Ford. third win of the season. Busch looked like he was headed for victory, but as he entered the first corner of the final lap, he slipped oil and broke away. Keselowski came from behind and hit Busch, sending him off the track. A battle between Ambrose and Keselowski ensued from then on, with both riders trying to avoid the slick that had covered the course. Ambrose followed Keselowski through the grass at one point, but managed to muddle through the treacherous carousel when Keselowski slipped one last time.

HISTORY SCAN

Joey Logano became the first driver to sweep a NASCAR XFINITY/Cup weekend at Watkins Glen International when he did so in 2015. Fuel consumption ended up deciding the Cup race as leader Kevin Harvick ran out on the final corner, which allowed Logano to pass him. and reach the finish line first. The win was Logano’s first on a road course and also marked car owner Roger Penske’s first series triumph at the historic track.

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