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NASCAR At Watkins Glen: Jeff Gordon Leads As Race Reaches Halfway

Regardless of whether or not rain drenches the Watkins Glen International circuit, the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen will conclude today. The race is official, with half-distance completed. Jeff Gordon leads Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Tony Stewart.

Marcos Ambrose has led a race-high 16 laps, but he is on a three pit stop strategy, while Busch, Keselowski, and Stewart are among the drivers planning to do the race in only two stops. As such, Ambrose has cycled outside the top 20 after making his second stop.

The most dramtic moment of the race occured on lap nine. Kurt Busch, having lost a lap as a result of a lap-five spin and subsequent pit stop, ran into race leader A.J. Allmendinger, causing Allmendinger to go off course in the chicane on the backstretch - the same area wher Busch spun earlier. Allmendinger had grabbed the lead from Kyle Busch on the opening lap and led the opening eight laps. He has recovered to run inside the top-10.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.