Watkins Glen International to Make NASCAR Playoffs Debut in 2024


Go Bowling at The Glen NASCAR race weekend moves to second race in NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Oct. 4, 2023) — Watkins Glen International will make its NASCAR Playoffs debut in 2024 as the famed Finger Lakes Region track‘s race weekend moves to September to help determine the champions in the NASCAR Cup Series.

NASCAR today released its full schedule for 2024, placing the Go Bowling at The Glen race weekend on the second weekend of September, introducing the historic New York road course to the opening round of the Playoffs.

“We‘re excited to have Watkins Glen International in the NASCAR Playoffs, creating an even more competitive atmosphere for drivers and teams, and more intense racing for fans,” said Chip Wile, Senior Vice President and Chief Track Properties Officer at NASCAR. “We‘ve produced some incredible race weekends at Watkins Glen, and we‘re looking forward to tackling this new territory.”

Below are the dates, times and broadcast partners for the 2024 NASCAR race weekend at Watkins Glen International:

September 14 —15

  • Saturday, Sept. 14 — NASCAR Xfinity Series (3:00 p.m. ET; USA Network, MRN/SiriusXM)
  • Sunday, Sept. 15 — NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen (3:00 p.m. ET; USA Network, MRN/SiriusXM)

Since 2022, Watkins Glen International has played host to the penultimate race of the regular season, producing some incredible racing moments with an increased level of intensity pending the conclusion of the regular season. Now, drivers and teams will approach the 2.45-mile course with a new mentality in the first round of the Playoffs as a win at The Glen guarantees their championship hopes live on.

The last five races at Watkins Glen have been dominated by Hendrick Motorsports, with Chase Elliott (2018, 2019), Kyle Larson (2021, 2022), and, most recently, William Byron (2023) securing victories at the historic track.

The 2024 Go Bowling at The Glen NASCAR Race weekend will feature the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen Playoff Race.

Fans can purchase tickets at www.theglen.com. For the full 2024 NASCAR Schedule, please visit www.nascar.com/schedule.

About Watkins Glen International

Located within five hours and 300 miles of 25 percent of the U.S. population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, four-times voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For tickets, camping, and additional information, call 1-866-461-RACE or visit www.TheGlen.com and get all of the latest information by downloading the NASCAR tracks app at www.theglen.com/nascar-tracks-app.

About NASCAR   

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation‘s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR sanctions races in three national series (NASCAR Cup Seriesu2122, NASCAR Xfinity Seriesu2122, and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Seriesu2122), four international series (NASCAR Brasil Sprint Race, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Pinty‘s Series (Canada), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) and a local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series). The International Motor Sports Associationu2122 (IMSAu00ae) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championshipu2122, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races annually in 12 countries and more than 30 U.S. states. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR‘).