The 2012 Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on August 12, 2012 at the Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Contested over 90 laps, it was the twenty-second race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the second of two road course competitions on the schedule. After the tragedy at the previous race, the track prepared in the event that thunderstorms pass through the track. The track had set up more than 30 police cars with loudspeakers, nine television screens, and the staff has text message availabilities, all intended on warning fans of any thunderstorms approaching. Marcos Ambrose, from the Richard Petty Motorsports racing team, won the race ahead of Brad Keselowski. Jimmie Johnson finished in the third position.
|2012 Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen|
|Race 22 of 36 in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||August 12, 2012|
|Location||Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York|
Permanent racing facility|
2.45 mi (3.942 km)
|Distance||90 laps, 220.5 mi (354.86 km)|
|Weather||Overcast with a high temperature around 78°F; wind out of the WSW at 10 mph.|
|Driver||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|No. 9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree|
|Nielsen Ratings||4.449 million|
Watkins Glen International is one of two road courses to hold NASCAR races, the other being Sonoma Raceway. The standard short road course at Watkins Glen International is a 7-turn course that is 2.45 miles (3.94 km) long; the track was modified in 1992, adding the Inner Loop, which lengthened the long course to 3.4 miles (5.5 km) and the short course to the current length of 2.45 miles (3.94 km). Marcos Ambrose was the defending race winner after winning the race in 2011.
|42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||69.438||127.020||1|
|18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||69.488||126.928||2|
|48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||69.490||126.925||3|
|2||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Dodge||69.654||126.626||4|
|9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||69.710||126.524||5|
|39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||69.827||126.312||6|
|14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||69.917||126.150||7|
|15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||69.966||126.061||8|
|56||Martin Truex, Jr.||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||69.973||126.049||9|
|1||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||70.023||125.959||10|
|98||Michael McDowell||Phil Parsons Racing||Ford||70.160||125.713||11|
|24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||70.199||125.643||12|
|78||Regan Smith||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||70.216||125.612||13|
|20||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||70.269||125.518||14|
|16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||70.270||125.516||15|
|88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||70.279||125.500||16|
|22||Sam Hornish Jr.||Penske Racing||Dodge||70.324||125.419||17|
|99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||70.330||125.409||18|
|29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||70.341||125.389||19|
|5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||70.369||125.339||20|
|95||Scott Speed||Leavine Family Racing||Ford||70.372||125.334||21|
|27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||70.448||125.199||22|
|11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||70.515||125.080||23|
|17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||70.607||124.917||24|
|32||Boris Said||FAS Lane Racing||Ford||70.678||124.791||25|
|47||Bobby Labonte||JTG Daugherty Racing||Toyota||70.721||124.715||26|
|51||Kurt Busch||Phoenix Racing||Chevrolet||70.869||124.455||27|
|31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||71.010||124.208||28|
|43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||71.022||124.187||29|
|13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Ford||71.054||124.131||30|
|36||Dave Blaney||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||71.067||124.108||31|
|34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||71.205||123.868||32|
|55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||71.296||123.710||33|
|38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||71.373||123.576||34|
|83||Landon Cassill||BK Racing||Toyota||71.434||123.471||35|
|87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports||Toyota||71.454||123.436||36|
|10||JJ Yeley||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||71.550||123.270||37|
|26||Josh Wise||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||71.982||122.531||38|
|33||Stephen Leicht||Circle Sport||Chevrolet||72.097||122.335||39|
|19||Chris Cook||Humphrey Smith Racing||Toyota||74.193||118.879||40|
|49||Jason Leffler||Robinson-Blakeney Racing||Toyota||74.279||118.742||41|
|30||Patrick Long||Inception Motorsports||Toyota||75.031||117.551||42|
|93||Travis Kvapil||BK Racing||Toyota||Provisional||Provisional||43|
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