Watkins Glen road ringer report
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Tony Stewart leads a pack of cars at Watkins Glen International.
Four drivers known for their road racing skills were among the 43 starters in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen. Below is a breakdown of how each fared.
No. 32 Boris Said
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Boris Said turns laps at Watkins Glen International Sunday.
In his second of the 2015 Sprint Cup season, Said started 38th, his lowest qualifying effort at The Glen since 2008.
Said, who ran as high as 26th Sunday, spun in turn one on the white flag lap, but continued along, finishing one lap down.
His 32nd place finish marked his lowest finish at the Glen since 2010 and snapped a streak of four consecutive lead lap finishes.
No. 33 Alex Kennedy
Rookie-of-the-year candidate Alex Kennedy started 35th. Sunday’s race marked the third consecutive Watkins Glen start for the Aztec, New Mexico native.
Kennedy, who ran as high as 18th, ran on the lead lap, eventually finishing 28th. Kennedy picked up his third career lead lap finish and second in four starts.
The result is Kennedy’s highest finish at The Glen in three starts.
“While I’m thrilled at a p28 run, we had a better car than that,” Kennedy said on social media about his race. “Our fuel strategy didn't pay off and killed our track position. Car was fast on our last run just ran out of time.”
No. 34 Chris Buescher
Sunday marked Buescher’s first career start at Watkins Glen and sixth career start in the Sprint Cup Series.
After starting 32nd, his career best qualifying effort, transmission issues caused Buescher to fall a lap down in the opening laps of the race.
Buescher’s car remained in fourth gear, according to the Bully Hill Vineyards Twitter page.
Buescher finished 37th, two laps down.
No. 95 Michael McDowell
Michael McDowell started 31st in his sixth consecutive and seventh overall start at The Glen.
Michael McDowell turns laps at Sonoma Raceway in June.
McDowell ran on the lead lap, running as high as seventh place.
McDowell eventually finished 20th, his best effort at The Glen in seven starts.
McDowell’s 20th place effort marked his second lead lap finish of 2015 and first lead lap finish at Watkins Glen since 2008. The result was also the best finish for the Leavine Family Racing team and McDowell in 2015.