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As NASCAR heads into the final few weeks of its regular season, and with pandemic restrictions having eased up over the last few months, NASCAR executives are reporting some positive momentum as far as attendance and fan demographics.
NASCAR hopes that momentum continues while also regularly evaluating pandemic protocols. It started a mask mandate for indoor areas last weekend at The Glen, but at the moment, all 13 remaining races plan on selling as many tickets as full seating capacity and camping allows.
Larson gained the lead from Martin Truex Jr. during green flag pit stops in the final stage Sunday, built a big lead and kept his hard-charging Hendrick Motorsports teammate at bay over the final laps to win at Watkins Glen International.
Team Penske announced Monday that Austin Cindric is scheduled to make his final NASCAR Cup Series start of the season this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.
Cindric, the defending champion and current points leader in the Xfinity Series, will drive the No. 33 Ford in Sunday’s Verizon 200 at the Brickyard (1 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, IMS Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The race will mark his seventh Cup Series start this season as he wraps up his on-track preparation for a full-time jump to Cup competition in Penske’s No. 2 Ford next year.
Cindric had hinted last week that Indianapolis could be the site of his final 2021 start on the Cup Series side, calling it “the most logical place” for that to occur. He’ll be pulling double duty with Saturday’s Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, IMS Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the 21st of 33 races for the Xfinity Series this season.
he winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Watkins Glen International has been a regular visitor to Victory Lane this year.
Kyle Larson extended his series lead with his fifth win of the 2021 season in the Go Bowling at The Glen road race. Larson cruised to the checkered flag after building a large lead in Stage 3.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WETM) – After spending two years away from the track, Nascar drivers are celebrating as their fans return to the track.
Local Watkins Glen International fans share the same excitement about this year’s NASCAR festivities and races.
“Well, it’s been a lot more stuff to do, like there’s been the kid zone there’s been the Toyota and the shopping places and that became bigger over the years, so that’s really exciting, “ said Lilly Ripley Nascar Fan
Larson gained the lead from Martin Truex Jr. during green-flag pit stops in the final stage Sunday, built a big lead, and kept his hard-charging Hendrick Motorsports teammate at bay over the final laps to win at Watkins Glen International.
“I knew my car was good and the strategy worked out,” said Larson, who was constantly reminded by his crew that his lead was quickly shrinking over Elliott in the No. 9 Chevrolet. “We were able to maintain that gap for a while and eventually start to pull away. Good thing the nine wasn’t close enough. He was really, really fast. He’s the guy to judge off of. I was definitely worried about him all day. He was so fast.”
Five thoughts after this weekend’s NASCAR race at Watkins Glen and the IndyCar race on the streets of Nashville…
1. Statement week for Larson?
Let’s be honest: If Chase Elliott doesn’t flat-spot his tires in the middle of Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen and require an extra pit stop, he probably wins at the Glen for the third straight time. Then we’d be talking about Road Race Chase tying Tony Stewart for second on the all-time road course wins list (with eight, one shy of Jeff Gordon) and how he’d be the favorite to win again this weekend at the Indianapolis road course and whether he now has momentum to be a championship contender again.
eam Penske’s Austin Cindric has made six starts in the Cup Series in preparation for his move to the No. 2 in 2022. He will add another to the list when he climbs back into the No. 33 Ford Mustang for the inaugural Verizon 200 at the Brickyard on Aug. 15. (1 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, IMS Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Team Penske announced on Monday, Aug. 9, that Cindric will pull double-duty during the NASCAR weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He will make his regular start during the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard on Saturday, Aug. 14, and then he will join the Cup Series drivers the following day for his second race of the weekend.