NASCAR XFINITY Series Watkins Glen Race Information Page

Zippo 200

Watkins Glen International

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #20 of 33 for the 2016 season


Race: Saturday, August 6, 2016 in Watkins Glen, NY

Title Sponsor: Zippo

Race Time: 2:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 2:16pm/et





Times are local to the Track

Thursday, August 4

Friday, August 5

Saturday, August 6
2:00 PM NXS RACE (82 LAPS, 200.9 MILES)(CNBC / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR)



  • Official Watkins Glen race results and standings (pdf)

  • Joey Logano wins XFINITY race at Watkins Glen: #12-Joey Logano won the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. It is his 26th XFINITY Series win and 1st of the year. It is also Team Penske's first XFINITY win of the year. Logano started from the pole and lead 67 of the 82 laps.
    #2-Paul Menard finished second, followed by #42-Kyle Larson, #19-Daniel Suarez, #60-Trevor Bayne, #1-Elliott Sadler, #7-Justin Allgaier, #8-Brendan Gaughan, #16-Ryan Reed, and #48-Brennan Poole.
    There were 6 cautions for 18 laps and 8 lead changes among 5 leaders. The race was red flagged once, for 22 minutes on lap 19, for track cleanup following an accident.
    The average speed was 87.496mph.
    Complete results are on the Watkins Glen race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Watkins Glen Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-6-2016)

  • Watkins Glen XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano(i) won the 22nd Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen, his 26th victory in 156 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Watkins Glen International.
    Paul Menard(i) (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Watkins Glen International. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Kyle Larson(i) (third) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at Watkins Glen International.
    Brennan Poole (10th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 11 points over Daniel Suarez.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-6-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Watkins Glen:
    [12 drivers qualify for the XFINITY Series Chase. 6 more races until the Chase cutoff.]
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler [1 win], 668
    2) #19-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 657, -11
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 629, -39
    4) #20-Erik Jones [3 wins], 613, -55
    5) #7-Justin Allgaier, 610, -58
    6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 598, -70
    7) #48-Brennan Poole, 587, -81
    8) #33-Brandon Jones, 573, -95
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 512, -156
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 496, -172
    11) #39-Ryan Sieg, 464, -204
    12) #11-Blake Koch, 437, -231
    Currently outside the Chase:
    13) #4-Ross Chastain, 435, -233, 2 pts out of 12th
    14) #28-Dakoda Armstrong, 428, -240, -9
    15) #51-Jeremy Clements, 423, -245, -14
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(8-6-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #78-McLeod, 26th
    Caution 2: #07-Black, 20th
    Caution 3: #78-McLeod (2), 28th
    Caution 4: #44-Yeley, 15th
    Caution 5: #01-Preece, 27th
    Caution 6: #20-Jones, 12th


  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Joey Logano on XFINITY pole at Watkins Glen: #12-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 124.552mph. #22-Brad Keselowski will start second. The rest of the top 10: #2-Paul Menard, #42-Kyle Larson, #18-Kyle Busch, #19-Daniel Suarez, #60-Trevor Bayne, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Justin Allgaier, and #1-Elliott Sadler.
    Did Not Qualify: #93-Starr.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Watkins Glen starting lineup page (pdf).(8-6-2016)

  • Watkins Glen Qualifying Notes:
    Joey Logano(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 22nd Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen with a lap of 70.814 seconds, 124.552 mph.
    This is his 31st pole in 156 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and 10th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his second pole in nine races at Watkins Glen International.
    Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2016 and his seventh in eight races at Watkins Glen International.
    Paul Menard(i) (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his fourth in six races this season.
    Erik Jones (13th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-6-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kyle Larson fastest in XFINITY final practice: #42-Kyle Larson was fastest during final practice at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 123.663mph. #18-Kyle Busch was second, followed by: #12-Joey Logano, #22-Brad Keselowski, #20-Erik Jones, #2-Paul Menard, #60-Trevor Bayne, #7-Justin Allgaier, #19-Daniel Suarez, and #1-Elliott Sadler. All 41 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Watkins Glen practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(8-8-2016)

  • Kyle Busch fastest in XFINITY second: #18-Kyle Busch was quickest during the second practice session for the Zippo 200 with a speed of 123.006mph. He was followed by: #42-Kyle Larson, #22-Brad Keselowski, #12-Joey Logano, #7-Justin Allgaier, #2-Paul Menard, #60-Trevor Bayne, #62-Brandan Gaughan, #20-Erik Jones, and #19-Daniel Suarez. 35 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Watkins Glen practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-7-2016)

  • Kyle Busch paces first XFINITY practice: #18-Kyle Busch was fastest during opening practice at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 122.390mph. #12-Joey Logano was second, followed by: #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Paul Menard, #7-Justin Allgaier, #60-Trevor Bayne, #22-Brad Keselowski, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #3-Ty Dillon, and #16-Ryan Reed. 29 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Watkins Glen practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-7-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. A few notes:
    Stanton Barrett is in the MBM #13;
    The TriStar #14 is TBA;
    The Rick Ware #15 is TBA;
    Kyle Busch will be in the #18;
    The #21 is TBA;
    Brad Keselowski returns to the #22;
    Cody Ware will be in the RWR #25;
    Trevor Bayne will drive the Roush #60;
    Mike Harmon's #74 is TBA;
    Kenny Habul will drive the JR Motorsports #88;
    Not listed but expected to be added: #77 & #97 Okiaka Racing.(7-29-2015)
    UPDATE: Todd Bodine will be in the #90.(7-31-2016)
    UPDATE: Scott Heckert will drive the #15; Nicolas Hammann will drive the #74; TJ Bell is entered in the #77; the #97 is still TBA.(8-2-2016)
    UPDATE: Tomy Drissi will drive the #14 for TriStar.(8-3-2016)
    UPDATE: Todd Bodine is now listed as driver of the #07; Chris Cook is in the #40, and Ryan Ellis in the #97. #89-Morgan Shepherd has withdrawn.(8-4-2016)
    UPDATE: NASCAR has corrected the entry list. Bodine will be in the #90, with Black in the #07. There are 41 cars entered.(8-4-2016)
    See the complete list on the Watkins Glen entry list page.


    NASCAR Xfinity Series - Race No. 20 - Zippo 200 Watkins Glen International (2.454-mile road course) - Watkins Glen, N.Y. Fast Facts for August 4-7, 2016

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

    Set limits: Xfinity: 7 sets for the event

    Tire Code: D-4648 (same on all four tire positions)

    Tire Circumference: 88.15 in. (2,239 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 26 psi; Right Front -- 24 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi; Right Rear -- 21 psi

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4648) on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen . . . due to the track repave, this is the first time these teams have run this tire code (D-4648) at The Glen . . . this is a short track tire from Goodyear's current tire lineup, which Xfinity teams currently run on the right-side at Iowa . . . compared to what was run at Watkins Glen last year, this tire features a slightly tougher compound for heat resistance, which is of prime concern on all repaved tracks . . . this tire was the unanimous selection of the drivers participating in the Goodyear test at The Glen held on May 10-11 . . . drivers participating in that test were Trevor Bayne, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano. . . . it was also confirmed at a two-day NASCAR organizational test at the track last week . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.

    Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring its wet weather radials (D-4215) to Watkins Glen for use by both Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . Sprint Cup teams did not have to use the wet weather tires earlier this season at Sonoma . . . Xfinity teams last ran this wet weather tire code at Road America in 2014.


    Elliott Sadler Takes NASCAR XFINITY Series Points Lead

    Solid consistency has landed JR Motorsport’s Elliott Sadler the NASCAR XFINITY Series points lead, following his third-place finish at Iowa this past weekend. Sadler now also leads all championship contenders in top-10 finishes with 16, and holds a 19-point lead over second-place Daniel Suarez.

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s Suarez was uncharacteristically sidelined due to engine issues this past weekend at Iowa. Advantageously, Sadler made the most of his opportunity, slicing up a difference of 14 points, and driving a 19-point stake between the two. It was Suarez’s second DNF of the season; while Sadler has yet to not finish a race.

    In 19 starts this season, Sadler has posted one win (Talladega) and six top fives. His average finish of 8.1 this season is the best among the series title contenders.    

    Looking ahead, the JR Motorsport veteran Sadler has made seven starts at Watkins Glen, claiming one top five, four top 10s and an average finish of 11.3. Sadler has finished in the top 10 in his last three starts at WGI.

    Rookie Erik Jones On Pace For Record Season

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year standout Erik Jones has become the first rookie to win three races (Bristol-1, Dover-1 and Iowa-2) since 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion/Sunoco Rookie of the Year Chase Elliott, and Jones is on pace to eclipse the all-time series rookie wins’ record of five set by Greg Biffle (2001), Kyle Busch (2004) and Carl Edwards (2005).

    But his record-crushing prowess doesn’t end there, Jones already broke his teammate Kyle Busch’s series record for the most poles by a rookie (five) when he claimed his sixth at Iowa back in June. Jones has also set his sights on the series top fives rookie record, as he has already saddled 11 top fives this season. The drivers with the most NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie top fives are Greg Biffle (2001), Kyle Busch (2004), Austin Dillon (2012) and Chase Elliott (2014), who all registered 16.

    Jones might sit fourth in points at the moment, but he is seeded first in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase due to the bonus points he has accrued with his three victories. Now up to nine bonus points, three points per victory, he is already a fender ahead of his competition when the inaugural Chase fires up at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24.

    Jones will make his series track debut this weekend at Watkins Glen International Saturday on its brand new surface. 

    Roush Fenway Racing Brings The Famous No. 60 Back

    No other car number is more synonymous with winning in the NASCAR XFINITY Series than Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 Ford. The RFR team has 94 series victories to its credit, and this weekend, Trevor Bayne, who hasn’t made a series start since 2014, will get the privilege to try and make it 95 wins at Watkins Glen in the Zippo 200 at the Glen.

    Roush Fenway Racing has fielded some of the sport’s greatest winners inside the No. 60. Mark Martin poured the foundation that built the house of victories that is the No. 60 Ford’s series record with his 39 wins. Greg Biffle took the reins after Martin and added another 14 checkered flags. Following Biffle, it was Carl Edwards turn to drive the 60 and during his stint behind the wheel he amassed 38 victories. And last but not least, Chris Buescher, the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate who won his first series race Monday at Pocono, got his start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series No. 60 RFR Ford. Buescher also added to the team’s legacy with three wins.

    Carl Edwards drove the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 to victory at Watkins Glen International in 2012. This weekend, Bayne will be led by crew chief Drew Blickensderfer. Bayne has made four series starts at WGI, posting a best finish of ninth.

    The Glen Attracts An Assortment Of Talent For The NASCAR XFINITY Series

    Watkins Glen can attract an assortment of different drivers wanting to compete on the famed curves. Not even counting the usual cast of NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers, fans will get to see several new drivers attempting to make the race like Nicolas Hammann, Scott Heckert and John Jackson.

    Hammann is a road course specialist who mastered his skills winning karting championships on the hills of his home track Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. When he graduated to cars, he won the GT Academy that granted him access to training oversees, before returning to the United States to compete in one of the highest levels of sports car racing in the US, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in the Doran Racing Nissan 370Z. This weekend, the 23 year-old Hammann, will attempt to make his series debut in the No. 74 Dodge for car owner Mike Harmon. 

    Scott Heckert, is a 21 year-old from Ridgefield, Connecticut, who spent 2015 driving the No. 34 Project Lifesaver Chevrolet for the HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.  Like Hammann, Heckert got his start in racing through karting and won titles in the Norwalk Karting Association and the highly competitive World Karting Association racing 4 stroke sprint karts in the Mid-Atlantic Region and National level. Heckert made his series debut earlier this season for car owner BJ McLeod at New Hampshire, starting 35th and racing up to a 26th-place finish. This weekend, Heckert will drive for Rick Ware in the No. 15 Ford.

    John Jackson, from Carluke, Scotland is just the second driver from the United Kingdom to compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series joining fellow Scotsman Dario Franchitti from Edinburgh. Jackson has made four starts this season for car owner Carl Long posting a best finish of 32nd at Talladega. This weekend will be Jackson’s series track debut at WGI.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    NASCAR In New York: NASCAR has held 98 national series events among 15 tracks in the state of New York (NSCS 71 races, NXS 22 races and NCWTS five races). Watkins Glen International has held the most NASCAR events in New York with 60 (NSCS 33, NXS 22, NCWTS 5). The very first NASCAR national series race held in the state of New York was on Sept. 18, 1949 at Hamburg Speedway in Hamburg, New York. The race was won by Jack White. 

    New York Drivers In NASCAR: There have been 185 drivers who have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series with their home state recorded as New York. The first New Yorker to compete in a NASCAR national series was Al Keller from Buffalo, New York at Langhorne Speedway on Sept. 11, 1949. He started 22nd and finished eighth in a Ford. The first New York driver to win in a NASCAR national series was Jack White from Lockport, New York, at Hamburg Speedway on Sept. 18, 1949 in a Lincoln.  Of the 185 NASCAR drivers with their home state recorded as New York, 21 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, led by Todd Bodine with 334 career starts. Bodine is from Chemung, New York and he also has the most series wins of the New York NASCAR drivers with 15.

    Thirteen WGI Newbies: That’s right, 13 drivers will be attempting to make their NASCAR XFINITY Series track-debuts this weekend at Watkins Glen - Erik Jones, Brandan Jones, Ray Black Jr., Mario Gosselin, Spencer Gallagher, Nicolas Hammann, Scott Heckert, John Jackson, BJ McLeod, Brennan Poole, Ryan Preece, Garrett Smithley and Cody Ware.

    Sprint Cup Drivers Entered At WGI: Six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are taking advantage of the extra track time on the new surface by entering this weekend’s Zippo 200 at the Glen - Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Kyle Larson, and Trevor Bayne.

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