Winding Through New York (@TriStarRaceTeam)

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will take on road course number two this weekend for the 19th Annual Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. The 11-turn, 2.45-mile road course located atop New York’s wine country, is known for its’ intense side-by-side action.

 

Bliss to Make 300th Career NASCAR Nationwide Series Start at The Glen (@MikeBliss19):

 

Saturday’s road course event at Watkins Glen will mark a milestone for Nationwide Series veteran Mike Bliss. The Zippo 200 will be Bliss’ 300th career Nationwide Series start. 


“I can’t believe I’ve made 300 starts already,” said Bliss, whose best finish at The Glen came in 2008 when he finished 13
th. “I enjoy racing in this series every weekend and can’t imagine myself doing anything else.” 

 

Hanging on to 13th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver PointStandings, Bliss will make his seventh Nationwide Series start at The Glen on Saturday

 

Switching It Up: Green Enjoys Road Courses: 

 

Jeff Green, one of the most seasoned drivers to enter the 19th
Annual Zippo 200, will make his seventh start this Saturday at The Glen. The two time NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion earned his best finish of fifth there in 1995.

 

“The Glen is a really great road course,” said Green. “I enjoy switching it up every now and then; making right and left turns are always fun.”

 

Shifting Focus, McClure Looks Forward to the Challenge (@ericmcclure):  

 

Eric McClure will make his 220th NASCAR Nationwide Series start this weekend at Watkins Glen. This will be McClure’s fifth start at the 2.45-mile road course. Last season the Virginia driver earned his track best of 26th, amidst battling loose belts during the event.

 

McClure will pilot chassis No. 5 this weekend, a chassis that was last raced at Road America in June. This weekend the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds® team will shift their focus from ovals to road courses.

 

“After fighting back for momentum on ovals, we have to shift our focus to road racing, which is very unique,” said McClure “It’s a challenge as we don’t race these tracks very often. Watkins Glen has always been a challenge for me, but we were decent last year

before my belts came loose four times. Hopefully, we can go up there, finish in a decent spot, and maintain in points,” continued the 34-year-old driver.

 

McClure still maintains 17th in the Nationwide Series Driver Point Standings and last weekend’s 23rd place finish in Iowa helped secure his team the 24th spot in Nationwide Series Owner Point Standings. 

 

Whitt to Capitalize on Road Course Number Two (@ColeWhitt):

 

Welcoming back Gold Bond as his primary sponsor, Cole Whitt and his No. 44 team will look to capitalize on this weekend’s race at Watkins Glen International. Sporting a golden yellow Toyota Camry for the 19th Annual event, Whitt will take on The Glen for the second time in his racing career.

 

“Turning left and right is always a fun challenge as a race car driver,” said Whitt. “Also, I’m really looking forward to having Gold Bond back on our car this weekend. Our bright paint scheme should really stand out. We had a great finish at the last road course, so I’m looking forward to hitting the course.”

 

Whitt will make his ninth start for TriStar Motorsports in the No. 44 Toyota Camry.