Pole sitter Kyle Busch tries for back-to-back Cup Series race wins as well as a weekend sweep at Watkins Glen International after winning the Xfinity Series race there yesterday.
By Greg DePalma, PSN Executive Producer
Track: Watkins Glen International
Sponsor: New York State
Shape: Road Course
Similar tracks: Sonoma
Defending champion: Denny Hamlin
T.V.: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
– 21 of 31 all-time race winners started in the top-6 (front three rows) with seven pole sitters.
– 11 of the last 13 race winners started in the top-8 (front four rows).
– The farthest back a race winner has started is 18th (Steve Park/2000).
Season: 3 top-5s and a win in his last six races.
Track: 10 top-10s in 12 career races including 5 top-5s and two wins.
Martin Truex Jr.
Season: 3 top-5s and a win in his last four races.
Track: 3 top-5s in 11 career races while leading just six combined laps.
Season: 5 top-10s, L8 including 4 top-5s and a runner-up.
Track: 4 top-5s including three runner-ups in 7 career races; 3rd at Sonoma.
Season: Finished 26th or worse in four of his last six races.
Track: 1 top-5 in three career races; also has 1 top-10 in four career Xfinity races.
Season: 2 top-10s, L5.
Track: 3 top-5s and a win in 8 career races.
Season: Just 2 top-5s, L12.
Track: 3 top-5s and a win in 8 career races while leading only nine combined laps; has four straight top-10s here including a runner-up last year and a win in 2015.
Season: Just 1 top-5 since winning the Daytona 500.
Track: 7 top-10s and 3 top-5s in 16 career races.
Season: 12 top-10s, L15 including 8 top-5s, two runner-ups and a win (Sonoma).
Track: 8 top-10s in 16 career races including 3 top-5s and a win.
Season: Just 1 top-5 (win at Dover) in his last 13 races.
Track: 8 top-10s and 4 top-5s in 15 career races including leading just 17 combined laps.
Season: Just 2 top-10s, L5.
Track: 13th last year in first career Cup race here.
Season: 4 top-10s, L6 including 2 runner-ups.
Track: 4 top-10s and 1 top-5 in 11 career races including leading just 1-lap combined.
Denny Hamlin (Defending Champion)
Season: 7 top-10s, L10 including 6 top-5s and a win.
Track: 5 top-10s in 11 career races including 2 top-5s and a win (has only led 10-laps in 11 races with all 10 last year); 4th at Sonoma.
Season: Just 1 top-5, L11.
Track: 3 top-10s and 1 top-5 in 14 career races including leading just 13-laps combined.
Season: No top-5s in his last seven races.
Track: 19th last year in first career Cup race here.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Season: No top-10s, L5.
Track: 2 top-5s in 16 career races; 6th at Sonoma.
Season: Three straight top-10s.
Track: 7 top-10s including three straight with 1 top-5 in 17 career races while leading only a combined 3-laps.
RACE PICKS: WEEK 22
RACE RECORD: 11 for 21
RACE TOTAL: -70
WEEK 22 RACE PICKS
M Truex Jr. (4-1)…40
AJ Allmendinger (11-1)…20
B Keselowski (7-1)…20
J Logano (11-1)…20
For a complete record of CJs weekly race picks you can check out his 2017 Balance Sheet Report which is updated after every race all season long.
RACE RECORD: 10 for 21
RACE TOTAL: -35
WEEK 22 RACE PICKS
B Keselowski (7-1)…50
C Elliott (17-1)…20
J Logano (11-1)…10
Kurt B (13-1)…10
J McMurray (25-1)…10
For a complete record of Greg’s weekly race picks you can check out his 2017 Balance Sheet Report which is updated after every race all season long.
Points Formula (Monster Energy Cup Series)
Each analyst receives a weekly allowance of 200 points to spend on races (100 x 36) and futures (100 x 32).
100 futures points will be invested before practice begins each week, while 100 race points will be invested on race day.
The weekly totals take into account both the 100 futures investment and the 100 in race picks.
After race 32 in Kansas, each analyst will no longer be obligated to invest the 100 in futures points if he chooses, although he must continue to invest the 100 in race points through Homestead.
Championship Odds (8/4)
3-1…M Truex Jr.
5-1…J Johnson and K Larson
80-1…C Bowyer, Kurt Busch and J McMurray
100-1…T Bayne, A Dillon, Dale Jr., E Jones, R Newman R Stenhouse Jr. and D Suarez