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NASCAR: Tony Stewart and Drivers with the Most Watkins Glen Wins

Tony Stewart Making A Turn At Watkins Glen In The Old Spice No. 14

Tony Stewart Making A Turn At Watkins Glen In The Old Spice No. 14

The coming-on Joey Logano won for the first time at Watkins Glen International today (and in the final lap, no less), one of 20 different NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers to take down the road course since the stock-car league began racing there in 1957.

Actually, Watkins Glen, in western New York State, was part of the top tour in just ’57, 1964 and 1965 before becoming enshrined in NASCAR’s annual schedule in 1986.

The Glen is currently one of only two road courses run during the season (Sonoma Raceway in California is the other).

These two tracks stand in stark contrast to the majority of NASCAR tracks on the schedule, which are run on ovals or ellipses. Road courses have several turns around, requiring drivers to brake and maneuver more frequently within a single lap. They are more Formula 1 than NASCAR.

It’s a specialist skill, really. Some racers have it, and some of the best don’t (Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Richard Petty for some prime examples).

Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon have it, and also the most wins at the Glen with five and four, respectively. Gordon won three times in a row, as did Mark Martin in third.

Another four drivers have won it twice, making just seven multiple winners over 33 races.

DRIVER WATKINS GLEN WINS YEAR (MAKE)
1. Tony Stewart 5 2002 (Pontiac), 2004 (Chevrolet…), 2005, 2007, 2009
2. Jeff Gordon 4 1997 – 1999 (Chevrolet…), 2001
3. Mark Martin 3 1993 – 1995 (Ford)
4. Kyle Busch 2 2008 (Toyota…), 2013
4. Marcos Ambrose 2 2011 (Ford…), 2012
4. Ricky Rudd 2 1988 (Buick), 1990 (Chevrolet)
4. Rusty Wallace 2 1987 (Pontiac…), 1989
8. A.J. Allmendinger 1 2014 (Chevrolet)
8. Billy Wade 1 1964 (Mercury)
8. Buck Baker 1 1957 (Chevrolet)
8. Ernie Irvan 1 1991 (Chevrolet)
8. Geoff Bodine 1 1996 (Ford)
8. Joey Logano 1 2015 (Ford)
8. Juan Pablo Montoya 1 2010 (Chevrolet)
8. Kevin Harvick 1 2006 (Chevrolet)
8. Kyle Petty 1 1992 (Pontiac)
8. Marvin Panch 1 1965 (Ford)
8. Robby Gordon 1 2003 (Chevrolet)
8. Steve Park 1 2000 (Chevrolet)
8. Tim Richmond 1 1986 (Chevrolet)

Photo: David Boe, AP via bleacherreport.com

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The Top 20 Most Raced Grand Prix in Formula One History

The British Grand Prix And Italian Grand Prix Have Run In Every Single Year Of Formula One

The British Grand Prix And Italian Grand Prix Have Run In Every Single Year Of Formula One

We have just entered Formula One‘s 66th season. This truly global pro sport, perhaps the most global, had its inaugural season in 1950.

Every race during the season, in pursuit of the World Championship, is called a Grand Prix. In 2015, there will be 19 races, or 19 Grand Prix (or Grands Prix).

Only two have been raced every single season since the beginning (65 so far) – and, by the way, will be raced again this season for a 66th straight run: the British Grand Prix and Italian Grand Prix.

The German Grand Prix and Monaco Grand Prix are the two other races claiming at least 60 runs, but there will be no German race in 2015.

All together there have been 41 different Grand Prix races in F1 history, across 31 different countries. Here are the top 20 hosts.

RACE # SEASONS RACED SEASONS
1. British Grand Prix* 65 1950-2014
1. Italian Grand Prix* 65 1950-2014
3. German Grand Prix 61 1951-1954, 1956-1959, 1961-2006, 2008-2014
3. Monaco Grand Prix* 61 1950, 1955-2014
5. Belgian Grand Prix* 59 1950-1956, 1958, 1960-1968, 1970, 1972-2002, 2004-2005, 2007-2014
6. French Grand Prix 58 1950-1954, 1956-2008
7. Canadian Grand Prix* 45 1967-1974, 1976-1986, 1988-2008, 2010-2014
8. Spanish Grand Prix* 44 1951, 1954, 1968-1979, 1981, 1986-2014
9. Brazilian Grand Prix* 42 1973-2014
10. United States Grand Prix* 36 1959-1980, 1989-1991, 2000-2007, 2012-2014
11. Australian Grand Prix* 31 1985-2015
12. Dutch Grand Prix 30 1952-1953, 1955, 1958-1971, 1973-1985
12. Japanese Grand Prix* 30 1976-1977, 1987-2014
14. Hungarian Grand Prix* 29 1986-2014
15. Austrian Grand Prix* 27 1964, 1970-1987, 1997-2003, 2014
16. San Marino Grand Prix 26 1981-2006
17. South African Grand Prix 23 1962-1963, 1965, 1967-1980,[8] 1982-1985, 1992-1993
18. European Grand Prix 22 1983-1985, 1993-1997, 1999-2012
19. Argentine Grand Prix 20 1953-1958, 1960, 1972-1975, 1977-1981, 1995-1998
20. Malaysian Grand Prix* 16 1999-2014
20. Portuguese Grand Prix 16 1958-1960, 1984-1996

* Also will be raced in 2015

Photos: motorsportstravel.co.uk / motorsportstravel.co.uk

The 10 Youngest Drivers to Win the Daytona 500

Or…everybody under 30…

DRIVER AGE DAYTONA 500 WIN BIRTHDATE
1. Trevor Bayne 20 2011 Feb. 19, 1991
2. Joey Logano 24 2015 May 24, 1990
3. Jeff Gordon 25 1997 Aug. 4, 1971
4. Richard Petty 26 1964 Jul. 2, 1937
5. Mario Andretti 26 1967 Feb. 28, 1940
6. Jeff Gordon 27 1999 Aug. 4, 1971
7. Pete Hamilton 27 1970 Jul. 20, 1942
8. Richard Petty 28 1966 Jul. 2, 1937
9. Junior Johnson 28 1960 Jun. 28, 1931
10. Cale Yarborough 28 1968 Mar. 27, 1939
11. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 29 2004 Oct. 10, 1974
12. Bill Elliott 29 1985 Oct. 8, 1955

 

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