NASCAR At Watkins Glen: 2012 Weekend Schedule

WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 15: A.J. Allmendinger, driver of the #43 Best Buy Ford, leads a group of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 15, 2011 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

A NASCAR tripleheader of sorts highlights this weekend's racing activities at Watkins Glen International, the road course in upstate New York.

NASCAR is scheduled to have its Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series cars on track for races at the Glen, as well as the NASCAR-owned Grand-Am cars.

Some interesting notes:

• Sprint Cup Series qualifying is on Saturday, not Friday.

• Saturday's Nationwide Series race is only 20 miles shorter (eight laps) than the Cup race.

Here's a look at the full weekend schedule (all times are Eastern):


9 a.m. – Grand-Am Rolex Series practice (1 hour, 30 minutes)

11 a.m. – Grand-Am Rolex Series practice (50 minutes)

12 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series practice (1 hour, 50 minutes)

2 p.m. – Nationwide Series final practice (2 hours)

4:10 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series final practice (1 hour, 20 minutes)

5:40 p.m. – Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Protype qualifying

6 p.m. – Grand-Am Rolex Series GT Class qualifying

6:30 p.m. – Grand-Am Rolex Series practice (1 hour)


9:35 a.m. – Nationwide Series qualifying (using road-racing format)

11:40 a.m. – Sprint Cup Series qualifying (using one-lap format)

2:15 p.m. – Nationwide Series race (82 laps, 200.9 miles)

6 p.m. – Grand-Am Rolex Series race (2 hours)


1 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series race (90 laps, 220.5 miles)

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