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Watkins Glen becomes third track to hold NASCAR Cup qualifying on race day

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NASCAR has announced a third NASCAR Cup race day that starts with qualifying and ends with the main event a few hours later.

On Sunday, August 6, Watkins Glen International will play host to NASCAR Cup qualifying at 12:30 p.m. ET. The 90-lap main event will follow less than three hours later when the green flag falls at 3 p.m. ET.

“NASCAR continues to work closely with tracks to create unique opportunities to interact with the stars of the sport,” said Jim Cassidy, senior Vice President, Racing Operations for NASCAR. “A number of our track partners have certainly embraced the concept, and fans attending those NASCAR race weekends will get to experience the enhanced model.”

Watkins Glen follows Pocono Raceway and Martinsville Speedway to hold qualifying and racing on the same day this season.

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It will still be a three-day racing weekend overall at the 2.45-mile road course, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 100 on Friday, August 4 and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Zippo 200 on Saturday, August 5.

“With races on back-to-back-to-back days, and the addition of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying on Sunday, our fans will be treated to non-stop excitement on the track from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon,” WGI president Michael Printup said in a media release.

Here’s the tentative weekend schedule:

2017 NASCAR at The Glen weekend event schedule

Friday, August 4

12:01 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. ET – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Final Practice

1:30 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. ET –Xfinity Series practice

2:35 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. ET – K&N Pro Series East qualifying

3:30 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. ET –Xfinity Series final practice

5 p.m. ET – K&N Pro Series East 100 at The Glen

7 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Series on-track hauler parade

Saturday, August 5

10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Series practice

11:05 a.m. Xfinity Series qualifying

12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup final practice

2 p.m. – Xfinity Series Zippo 200 at The Glen

Sunday, August 6

12:35 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup qualifying

3:00 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Series at The Glen race

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