For the second consecutive time, readers of USA Today have named Watkins Glen International “America’s Best NASCAR Track.” The nearly month-long voting contest ended Monday and the results were announced today.
WGI was among 20 nationwide finalists for the 2017 designation. WGI events annually generate over 200 MILLION dollars in economic activity across the region and account for more than 2-THOUSAND local jobs. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in August is one of New York’s largest sporting events and attracts fans from all 50 states, as well as 16 different countries. Martinsville Speedway finished second in this year’s voting.
Michael Printup, WGI President, in reaction to Friday’s announcement:
“This is a great honor, coming from the fans of Watkins Glen International, and the fans of racing in general,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “Once again, the best fans in motorsports were behind us all the way. We’d also like to thank Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, who were among many that were pushing hard from the moment we were tabbed as a finalist.”
From Senator Tom O’Mara…
“Thanks to everyone who took a turn at the wheel and kept voting, day after day, to support Watkins Glen International as the best NASCAR track in America. It’s a well-deserved national honor for track officials and staff, drivers and, most of all, the fans who help make The Glen one of the renowned venues in all of sports and an absolute anchor of the culture and economy of our Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions. It was a great ride and a great show of support for one of our own.”
The Glen won the designation the last time USA Today conducted the competition in 2015.