Record Breaking Day at Watkins Glen International

Two course records fall during NASCAR Sprint and Nationwide Series qualifying

Jeff Gordon

Six drivers surpassed the previous qualifying record set by Sam Hornish, Jr. in 2013 with a speed of 123.291.


WATKINS GLEN, NY – Four-time Watkins Glen International race winner Jeff Gordon returned to form, capturing the pole for Sunday’s Cheez-It™ 355 at The Glen with record-breaking speed. Gordon, driver the No. 24 Driver to End Hunger Chevrolet, broke the track record on Saturday with a lap of 129.466 mph (68.126 seconds).

“It always feels good [to be at the top of the speed charts],” Gordon said. “We have great cars, a great team and the confidence among all of us is high.”

During Round 1 of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 Stanley Ford, set a new Watkins Glen International qualifying record with a lap of 129.491 (68.113) seconds.

Six drivers surpassed the previous qualifying record set by Sam Hornish, Jr. in 2013 with a speed of 123.291. In addition to Gordon - Ambrose, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger were faster than the prior qualifying mark.

Ambrose, looking to return to Gatorade Victory Lane after capturing the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win, will start in the front row. He has five top-five finishes in six previous starts at Watkins Glen International. The winner of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race ar WGI has never started from outside the 18th position.

Green flag for Sunday’s Cheez-It™ 355 at The Glen is 1 p.m.

Brad Keselowski broke Watkins Glen International’s NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying record, earning this fourth pole of the season. During the second round of qualifying for the 10th Anniversary Zippo 200 at The Glen, Keselowski set the pole with a lap of 71.018 seconds (124.194 mph).

Mark your calendars for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at The Glen August 7 - 10. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Cheez-It™ 355 at The Glen Sunday, August 10. Tickets may be purchased by calling 866.461.RACE or online at Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. Download The Glen’s free mobile app, The Glen, from the App Store or Google Play.

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