First, Joey Logano swept the track at Watkins Glen International (WGI), then he climbed in an excavator and started digging it up. While it might seem the young man was on a construction crew earning overtime on the weekend, he had actually done his job well before that. On Sunday, August 10, the NASCAR driver of the #22 Ford for Team Penske won the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen feature race one day after going to Victory Lane for the Zippo 200 Xfinity series contest. Setting his broom down in Victory Lane, Logano then participated in a post-race activity where he officially started the new track repaving project by excavating a portion of the old pavement close to the start/finish line.
It was a perfect weekend for Logano. According to WGI, it was the first time a single driver swept wins in both of the major NASCAR series races in one weekend at the historic upstate New York track.
“It’s the coolest weekend of my life,” said Logano, 25. “It’s cool to have a win here.”
In Saturday’s race, Logano held off Brad Keselowski for the win of the 82-lap competition. On Sunday, while the race and the scramble at the finish that fans have come to enjoy at the road course did not quite happen, the ending was still unexpected. Kevin Harvick ran out of gas, and Logano passed him on the last turn of the last lap of 90 to take the victory.
Kyle Busch, who has had nine top-10 finishes in 11 starts at The Glen, finished second on Sunday. The position puts him 30th in point standings for the season, making him eligible for the Sprint Cup Chase.
“It was a fun and challenging race,” said Busch. “I thought I was fast enough to catch the 22, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”
Following the trophy presentations and meeting with the press, Logano reappeared on the racetrack where fans — and an excavator — stood waiting for him. He climbed into the machine, and after a little instruction, dug up a few scoops of earth and pavement at the edge of the track near the start/finish line.
After he left, talking with press and fans on his way, fans who witnessed the beginning of the second phase of the repaving project at WGI were allowed to take small pieces of the ripped up track. Work had already begun before the NASCAR weekend on the notorious Boot section of the track that NASCAR has not used to this point in their races.
WGI announced on Sunday that it sold out its grandstand seating for this year’s race. Camping also sold out to the point where the track added an additional camping area last week. Earlier this year, Watkins Glen International was voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today.