Sunday was one of the most tragic days in the history of auto racing with the unfortunate news of Tony Stewart’s involvement in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. at a sprint car dirt track in New York on Saturday night, however, NASCAR still decided to run the Cheez-It 355 race at Watkins Glen. And when it was all said and done, it was A.J. Allmendinger that ended up coming away with the win.
Allmendinger led for 30 laps in this one, and given the crazy nature of what went down at Watkins Glen on Sunday, he didn’t have to do that much work down the stretch.
After the race endured over an hour delay under a red flag with about 37 laps to go, another red flag halted the action with about five laps remaining in the race. So all Allmendinger had to do down the stretch was hold off Kurt Busch, who never really made a strong push to take the lead.
This is Allmendiger’s first Spring Cup victory of his career, and what a track to get it done at. Watkins Glen is one of the more well-known tracks in all of racing, and this will definitely be one that he will remember for years to come.