McDowell battled Daniel Suarez and later Chase Elliott, holding on to earn his second career NASCAR Cup Series victory and his first since the 2021 Daytona 500.
Ford has now won three straight Cup races. McDowell’s win locked him into the playoffs and moved Bubba Wallace down to the cut-line, who now holds a 28-point buffer to Suarez.
Truex continues to lead the regular season standings, now 60pts clear of his Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Denny Hamlin.
Kyle Larson is the defending winner at Watkins Glen. With just two races to go in the playoffs, there have been 14 different winners with 13 of them now locked into the playoffs (Shane van Gisbergen not eligible).
Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Horizon Hobby Ford Mustang
Photo by: Josh Tons / Motorsport Images
Can you provide me with the schedule for the NASCAR event at Watkins Glen?
The schedule is not final and may be modified.
Friday, August 18
6:00 p.m. ET – ARCA Menards Series race (41 laps) – FS1
Saturday, August 19
10:30 a.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series practice – NBC Sports App
11:00 a.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying – NBC Sports App
12:30 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Series practice – USA NETWORK
1:30 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Series qualifying – USA NETWORK
3:30 p.m. ET – NASCAR Xfinity Series race (82 laps) – USA NETWORK
Sunday, August 20
3:00 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Watkins Glen Race (90 laps) – USA NETWORK
Can I observe?
- Date: Sunday, August 20
- The TV show will begin at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
- Stages/Laps: (20/20/50) – 90 laps
- TV channel: USA | TSN (Canada) | Other international viewing options
- Live stream: Peacock (post-race show)
- Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Martin Truex Jr, Joe Gibbs Racing, Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry and Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, SiriusXM Radio Toyota Camry
Photo by: Rusty Jarrett / NKP / Motorsport Images
Can you provide information on the participants of the race at Watkins Glen?
There are 36 cars listed for the race, but three of them will not be participating. Mike Rockenfeller will be driving the No. 42 Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet once again, while Andy Lally will switch from the No. 51 RWR Ford to the No. 15. Cole Custer will be returning to drive the No. 51 car.