Complete Preview and Prediction for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen

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Complete Preview and Prediction for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen
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Defending race winner Kyle Busch.

Sprinkled within the 36-race 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule are several wild-card events.

Daytona and Talladega, as well as the short tracks at Bristol and Martinsville, are wild cards. So is the road course at Sonoma.

This weekend, NASCAR has another one of its wild-card races at the other road course on the Cup schedule: Watkins Glen International. The 2.5-mile, seven-turn track is located on the southern end of Lake Seneca, New York, in a picturesque area known for its wine production.

Drivers like the Glen, as it is called, because it has both technical corners and long, fast straights that challenge both driver and crew chief.

"I'd say my favorite part about Watkins Glen is just the speed that you get to go there," said two-time (2008, '13) winner Kyle Busch

"You're going 170, 180 miles an hour at a road course. That's fast. It's pretty unique the way that place is and how it's laid out going through Turns 2, 3, 4 and up through the esses, grabbing gears, shifting and really hunkering down carrying some good speed down the backstretch."

Is it any wonder why drivers love this place?

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