Watkins Glen International today announced a multi-year extension of Go Bowling to keep the ball rolling as the entitled partner of the NASCAR Cup Series race on the historic road course, celebrating the fifth year of its partnership with the Go Bowling in The Glen on August 21.
There will be added pressure on drivers at this year’s Go Bowling at The Glen as the race moves into the penultimate race in NASCAR’s regular season and will help set up the Playoff field for the title fight. Nine times a driver has gone on to win the series championship after winning at Watkins Glen International, including the inaugural winner Buck Baker in 1957.
“It’s great that we’ve been able to close a deal for Go Bowling to return to The Glen for the 2022 season, as their race will help clear the lanes for a potential championship contender,” said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International. “Go Bowling has been a fantastic partner, bringing joy to our fan zone and to the course, and we can’t wait to see what happens when we drop the green flag in August.”
Last year’s Go Bowling at The Glen was won by Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Larson, who won the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Championship. Before that, his teammate Chase Elliott won the 2018 and 2019 races. (Watkins Glen did not host a Cup Series race in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead the Go Bowling 235 was contested at the Daytona International Speedway road course and was this one also won by Elliott.)
“We are very excited to extend our sponsorship of Go Bowling at The Glen with Watkins Glen for a multi-year term,” said John Harbuck, president of Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing division of the International Bowling Campus. “Our partnership with The Glen, one of the most popular tracks on the NASCAR circuit, provides us with a national platform to connect with NASCAR fans attending the race and a national TV audience watching from home. Along with events such as National Bowling Day and our participation in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Go Bowling is building a top-of-mind awareness of our great sport and serving as a reminder for Americans to get together with their family and friends and go Bowling!”
The Glen has hosted 38 NASCAR Cup Series races, starting with Baker’s 1957 victory. A total of 24 different drivers have won at the track, led by NASCAR Hall of Famers Tony Stewart (five wins) and Jeff Gordon (four wins). victories).
Watkins Glen will host the NASCAR Go Bowling during The Glen’s August 17-21 race weekend, with racing action starting with the ARCA Menards Series race on Friday, August 19. The NASCAR Xfinity Series will compete on Saturday, August 20, and the Go Bowling at The Glen NASCAR Cup Series race concludes the weekend on Sunday, August 21.
To purchase IMSA or NASCAR race tickets or for camping and additional information, call 1-866-461-RACE or visit TheGlen.com. Fans can view the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series schedules and purchase tickets at nascar.com/tickets.