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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series are joined by the K&N Pro Series East this weekend in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, home to Watkins Glen International. The action is on track Thursday through Sunday, August 4-7.
Racing began in Watkins Glen in 1948, racing through various roads in the village. A temporary road course was built in 1953, and the current 2.3-mile permanent circuit was built in 1956. The first NASCAR race at The Glen was held in 1957, and Formula One visited the track from 1961 to 1980. The Glen closed in 1981 following financial difficulties; it was purchased in 1983, renovated, and reopened in 1984. NASCAR returned to The Glen, which was repaved during the offseason, in 1986.
On-track action begins Thursday with Xfinity Series practice at 1 and 3:30 p.m. ET. On Friday, the K&N Pro Series East practices at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by the Xfinity Series at 10 a.m. ET. The Sprint Cup Series practices at 12:30 and 3 p.m. ET, with K&N Series qualifying at 2 p.m. ET and Xfinity Series qualifying at 4:45 p.m. ET. The K&N Series competes in the Bully Hill Vineyards 100 at 6:15 p.m. ET.
On Saturday, Cup Series qualifying begins 12:15 p.m. ET, followed by the Xfinity Series Zippo 200 at The Glen at 2 p.m. ET. On Sunday, the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen goes green at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Tickets for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen weekend are still available: three-day passes start at $105 (general admission); individual day passes are also available. For more information on these events and to purchase tickets, visit www.theglen.com.