Sunday is the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, Round-22 ofthe 2015 Sprint Cup Series and the last of two road races on this year’s schedule. Kyle Busch won the first one in late June at Sonoma, California. He’s the last Sprint Cup driver to sweep both road-course events in a single season, doing so in 2008. Busch’s total of four wins this year matches Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup Series lead. But while Johnson is one of nine drivers who’ve clinched a spot in the Chase, Busch is not eligible for a post-season berth since he is outside the top thirty in the point standings after missing eleven races while recovering from early-season injuries. Entering Sunday’s race, Busch is thirty-second – thirteen points below the cutoff.
Defending race winner A-J Allmendinger is looking for a repeat victory to grab a spot on The Chase Grid. But back-to-back wins at Watkins Glen have been rare. The track hosted three Cup Series races from 1957 through 1965 and the tour has run there continually since 1986. The only drivers with victories in consecutive seasons are Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Marcos Ambrose.