Location: Watkins Glen International
NASCAR Betting Online: NASCAR betting fans will get to sink their teeth into another fantastic race when the boys of auto racing head to Michigan Motor Speedway for the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen. The name of this race has changed several times over the course of its existence. It was originally known as the Motor State 500 in 1969, but since that point, the race was shortened to 400 miles. The only exception was in 1974 when it was cut to just 360 miles. Since that point, Miller, K-Mart, Sirius, DHL, 3M, Citizen's Bank, and LifeLock have all sponsored this event. Heluva Good! took over in 2010 for the first time.
Some of the all-time greats in this sport highlight the list of past winners. No one has won more events at Michigan Motor Speedway than the great Cale Yarborough, who took the checkered flag six times, including the inaugural race in 1969. David Pearson was his biggest rival during the first 15 years of this event, winning it four times.
Bill Elliott remains as the only driver to win this event three times in a row, as he pulled off the feat in 1984, 1985, and 1986. Elliott matched Pearson with his fourth victory in the race that was known as the Miller High Life 400.
Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Davey Allison, Rusty Wallace, and Mark Martin are the only other multiple time winners of this event. Martin became the most recent one to cross the finish line in this race a second time, capturing his second crown in 2009, 11 years after he won the then Miller Lite 400 in 1998.
Save Martin though, there has been a different winner of this race every year since 1996.
This 200 lap race is always one of the favorites of the men on the NASCAR circuit. No matter whether you prefer betting on individual drivers to win or some of the great head to head matchups between the drivers, Bookmaker Sportsbook has all of your NASCAR betting options available to you. Don't miss this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen!
Watkins Glen International
Law student Cameron Argetsinger dreamed of bringing European style competition to the village where he spent his summer vacations. He drew up a challenging course that encompassed asphalt, cement and dirt roads in and around the village of Watkins Glen.
The dream became reality on Oct. 2, 1948. For five years, the top names in American sports car racing visited the small village and huge crowds came out to watch them race.
Competition moved to a temporary course in 1953, and 2.3-mile permanent circuit was built in 1956. The following year, The Glen hosted its first professional race, a NASCAR Grand National stock car event won by Buck Baker over Fireball Roberts.
The circuit itself was expanded in 1971, as the 1970s brought a wide variety of competition to The Glen, including the Can-Am, Trans-Am, Six Hours, Formula 5000 and CART IndyCar Series. Race winners included many of the top names in international motorsports, including Mark Donohue, Mario Andretti, Jody Scheckter and Bruce McLaren.
Alan Jones' victory in the 1980 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen marked the close of an era. Financial difficulties led to the Watkins Glen date being dropped from the Formula One schedule and as a result, the bankrupt track closed following a CART race in 1981. Over the next two years the track fell into disrepair, hosting only a few non-spectator SCCA weekends.
Corning Enterprises, a newly chartered subsidiary of Corning Glass Works, purchased the track in early 1983 and formed a partnership with International Speedway Corporation, forming Watkins Glen International. The Glen reopened on July 7, 1984, with Al Holbert, Derek Bell and Jim Adams winning the inaugural Camel Continental at the renovated facility. On Aug. 9, 1986, fans witnessed Tim Richmond's triumph at the return of the Cup Series.
In 1991, Terry Labonte won the first Nationwide Series race at The Glen, beginning an impressive streak of four wins in six years, including three consecutive wins from 1994 through 1996. His three-year win streak ranks him with other Watkins Glen three-time winners: Formula One ace Graham Hill, sports car drivers Al Holbert and Derek Bell and Cup driver Mark Martin.
The 1992 season saw a major reconfiguration of The Glen's back straightaway. The addition of the Inner Loop increased the length of the long course to 3.4 miles and the short course to 2.45 miles. The new turns enhanced competition while adding quality spectator viewing.
In 1997, International Speedway Corp. became sole owner of the historic road course, exercising a stock option buy-out of Corning Incorporated. The sale completed Corning's mission of rebuilding the race track while revitalizing the Southern Finger Lakes Region.
How to bet on Nascar Cheez-it 355 at The Glen
The odds of a driver to win the Cheez-it 355 at The Glen will generally look something like:
- Jeff Gordon + 200
- Mark Martin + 250
- Jeff Burton + 300
- Bill Elliott + 700
- Robby Gordon + 700
- Field + 500
These betting odds will be lower when betting on a driver to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.
A player would have to bet $10 to win $20 that Jeff Gordon will win the Cheez-it 355 at The Glen, while the bettor wagering on Bill Elliott stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.
Another commonly placed bet in NASCAR is head-to-head finish between two drivers. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the driver finishes in, as long as the driver finishes higher than the other driver.
A head-to-head betting line for the Cheez-it 355 at The Glen will look something like:
- Mark Martin - 130 Jeff Burton + 110
In this bet, players wagering on Martin to finish higher than Burton will be asked to risk $13 to win $10, while bettors believing that Burton will finish higher than Martin will bet $10 to win $11.
Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to NASCAR wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of NASCAR betting without too much hassle.
2013 Cheez-it 355 at the Glen Winner - Kyle Busch wins the 2013 Cheez-It 355
Surviving a succession of restarts in the final 15 laps of Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International, Kyle Busch edged Brad Keselowski for the victory in a two-lap shootout.
Busch collected his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the season, his second at the 2.45-mile road course and the 27th of his career Sunday -- but nothing about it was easy.
Aric Almirola's Ford nosed into a tire barrier after a blowing a tire on Lap 60 to cause a caution that interrupted a cycle of pit stops and knocked pole winner Marcos Ambrose out of the lead. Kyle Busch, Keselowski, Martin Truex, Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch had already made their final stops, and that quintet led the field to green on Lap 64.
Busch pulled away to a lead of more than two seconds before caution for debris slowed the field for the sixth time on Lap 77. The race restarted on Lap 81, with Busch, Keselowski, Truex and Bowyer in the top four spots.
Busch's work, however, was far from over. After the restart, a wild wreck involving Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought out the seventh caution and required another restart on Lap 85.
Contact between Max Papis' Chevrolet and Ambrose's Ford ignited an accident on the restart lap, with Brian Vickers' No. 55 Toyota also collected in the melee. Forced to lead the field to green for the third time in 15 laps, Busch got away on the restart and held off Keselowski in a battle that intensified on the final circuit.
2012 Zippo 200 at the Glen Winner - Ambrose repeats in wild finish at Watkins Glen Finger Lakes 355
Australian driver Marcos Ambrose repeated his victory at Watkins Glen International in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday in a wild finish of the 2012 Finger Lakes 355. Ambrose drove his No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford past a slick and slippery scene involving two other drivers to win the race's first new trophy designed by Corning Museum of Glass.
After leading for three times for 43 laps out of 90 total, Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Toyota hit an oil slick on the track at Turn 2 in the final lap and suddenly slid out of the way. That left a chance for Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Dodge to pick up the lead with Ambrose on his tail. The two cars slugged it out in an active battle on the grass in the inner loop, Turn 5, and on to the last turn when Keselowski last slid in oil in time for Ambrose to cross the finish line ahead of him by .571 seconds.
2011 Zippo 200 at the Glen Winner
Kurt Busch won the Nationwide Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.
Subbing for injured Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski of Rochester Hills, Busch beat Jimmie Johnson by nearly a second on a green-white-checkered finish Saturday. That deprived brother Kyle Busch of his 50th career victory in the series.
Joey Logano was third, followed by Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.
The race was mostly a battle between the Busch brothers until the second caution of the race flew with two laps remaining in regulation. They took turns leading the entire 85 laps of the race.
2010 results - Montoya ends frustration with victory at The Glen
Saving his best for the end of Sunday's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Montoya pulled away from Marcos Ambrose and Kurt Busch over the final 16 laps at Watkins Glen International and notched the second Cup Series victory of his career.
Winless in 113 races since his first Cup victory at Sonoma in June 2007, Montoya added another success to the already magical year his Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team owner has enjoyed. Jamie McMurray, who finished sixth Sunday, won the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 this year, and Dario Franchitti added an Indianapolis 500 victory with Ganassi's IndyCar organization. His Rolex Grand-Am team won at The Glen on Saturday.
Busch passed Ambrose at the start/finish line on Lap 89 of 90 to steal second place from Ambrose, who came home third. A.J. Allmendinger, fresh from a contract extension with Richard Petty Motorsports, ran fourth, followed by pole-sitter Carl Edwards, who collected his sixth consecutive top-10 finish.
Montoya, however, had the field covered when it counted, leading 74 laps and crossing the stripe 4.735 seconds ahead of Busch.
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