Kyle Larson NNS Preview: Watkins Glen International

Headed In The Right DirectionThe NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) will be making right and left turns this weekend as it heads to the second road-course race of the season at Watkins Glen International. Kyle Larson does not have any previous starts at the 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course, but he scored a seventh-place finish when the NNS visited Road America in June. 


Would You Like Fries With That?…For the second time this season, Larson’s No. 32 Camaro will sport the McDonald’s golden arches. McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with more than 34,000 locations serving more than 69 million customers in 119 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women. To learn more about the company, please visit


This Week’s Camaro…Crew chief Trent Owens and the No. 32 McDonald’s team have prepared chassis TSM-304 for competition this weekend at Watkins Glen. TSM-304 previously served as the No. 32 team’s backup at the season’s only road course so far, Road America.


Come Down To The Bog…Larson and his NNS competitors will be signing autographs at The Bog Hospitality located inside of Turn 11 on Friday, August 9. The session will run from 4:30-5:30 p.m. EDT. Fans can pick up wristbands at the Cheez-It or Zippo displays in the Fan Midway while supplies last.


Watch and Listen…The Zippo 200 can be seen live on Saturday, August 10 on ABC.  Race coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.


Previous Race Recap… In his fourth race at Iowa Speedway, Larson earned another top-five finish in his No. 32 Eveready Chevrolet, coming home fifth in the U.S. Cellular 250 on Saturday night. In his one other NNS race at the 0.875-mile track, Larson also finished fifth. In addition, he has two top-10 finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, finishing sixth and second.


Kyle Larson on Watkins Glen International

“I’m looking forward to going into Watkins Glen, I’m feeling much more confident than I did going into Road America.  I’m by no means a road-course expert, but there isn’t as much of an unknown going into as there was before Road America. The Glen is still a much different animal; it’s got higher speeds and banking in the turns. It’s a very fast track. I had a lot of fun in my first road course race and was able to come home with a top-10 finish, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to say the same this weekend. We had a good run in Iowa last week, so my goal is to keep up the positive momentum.”