Campsites open Wednesday as NASCAR returns to Watkins Glen

The NASCAR Cup Series invades Watkins Glen International starting this Wednesday at 7am, with campsites opening for fans as the festivities are given the green flag “in person”.

NASCAR’s biggest stars are preparing to compete in next weekend’s Go Bowling at The Glen on Sunday, August 21, and the track that was voted the best in the sport will be more ready than ever, according to Michael P. Printup, President of Watkins Glen speaking to WIBX on Friday.

Printup says camping facilities will open on Wednesday with space available, as well as a limited number of tickets for the event which is expected to sell out again for the sixth consecutive year (excluding COVID restrictions). ). “The economic impact of the track is at least $275 million per year,” Printup said. Campers interested in spending the weekend at the Glen should visit the website and schedule a phone call with a camping sales rep to reserve a spot.

NASCAR races at Watkins Glen date back to 1957, when the first race was called 101.2, according to It returned in 1964, when the name was changed to The Glen 151.8. The names reflected the total distance of the race, according to the website. NASCAR would be absent from Watkins Glen from 1964 to 1965, until 1986 when it returned as Budweiser to The Glen. Since then, the race has had several names, including “Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen” from 2009 to 2011 and the “Cheez-It 355 at The Glen” from 2013 to 2016. Since 2018, NASCAR week has calls “Go bowling at the Glen”, following a “Go bowling“sponsorship.

The Glen will offer a live music festival Thursday and Friday, and NASCAR practice and qualifying begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

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