WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — In an earlier article this week on Race Chaser Online, Watkins Glen Int’l track president Michael Printup talked about the rise of road course racing with the NASCAR fans and the success of WGI because of that grown popularity.
But on Sunday, all of NASCAR took notice, as WGI announced their third straight Sunday sellout during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver’s meeting.
In a prepared statement released on Sunday afternoon, Printup offered his thoughts on this continuing feat.
“We’re excited to announce our third straight grandstand sell out,” Printup said. “This is a true testament to the passion and dedication our fans have for Watkins Glen International and NASCAR. We’re looking forward to delivering an incredible experience that keeps our fans coming back year after year.”
Sunday afternoon’s I Love New York 355 at The Glen caps a tripleheader race weekend at the historic circuit, complete with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Finger Lakes Wine Country 100 on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen.
When Race Chaser Online spoke exclusively with Printup this week, he touched on the passionate fan base that has made WGI so successful and popular.
“We’re so lucky to have great fan and media support because without the fans we wouldn’t be here,” Printup said. “This is the second time in a row that we’ve won ‘Best NASCAR Track’ from USA Today (because of) the fans. We don’t have as large a following as say a Daytona or Richmond or Phoenix, but our fan base is so adamant at keeping us at the top.”
“I couldn’t be more proud to have the best fan base in the sport as well as the best team in the world working here.”
The I Love New York 355 at the Glen is set to take the green flag on Sunday afternoon shortly after 3 p.m.
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Ovens has spent his lifetime in the sport of dirt track racing, growing up in the garages of the Kerrick and Ovens families. He spent 11 years behind the wheel between go-karts and 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks which brings a unique perspective to his dirt track editorials.
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