TV channels, where to stream, playoff bubble, best bets, weather and more

NASCAR Cup Series drivers at this weekend’s race at Watkins Glen are likely anticipating the event with wildly varying levels of enthusiasm. Two playoff spots are still up for grabs with two races remaining in the regular season.

For strong road racers on the bubble – like Chase Elliott and A.J. Allmendinger – it’s another great opportunity. For drivers who don’t fare so well on road courses still hoping to clinch – looking at you, Bubba Wallace – it looks more like a hurdle before a do-or-die Daytona night race to close the regular season Aug. 26.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Go Bowling at the Glen:

Go Bowling at the Glen TV/streaming schedule

All times Eastern

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Practice (USA, NBC Sports app)
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Qualifying (USA, NBC Sports app)

3-6:30 p.m.: Go Bowling at the Glen (USA, NBC Sports app)

Go Bowling at the Glen details

Track: Watkins Glen International Raceway (11-turn, 2.45-mile, permanent racing facility), in New York
Length: 90 laps for 221 miles
Stages: 20, 20, and 50 laps with no breaks
2022 winner: Kyle Larson (5), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

NASCAR Cup Series playoff bubble

Bubba Wallace currently sits on the cut line, 28 points ahead of Trackhouse Racing’s Daniel Suárez and 49 points ahead of 23XI Racing rookie teammate Ty Gibbs. Suárez has a Cup Series road course win to his name (last year at Sonoma) and Gibbs has won at Watkins Glen in the Xfinity Series, while Wallace’s average road course finish in Cup is 25th.

16. Bubba Wallace +28
17. Daniel Suárez -28
18. Ty Gibbs -49
19. Chase Elliott -80
20. Alex Bowman -80
21. A.J. Allmendinger -87

Go Bowling at the Glen top drivers and best bets

Chase Elliott’s only chance at a playoff spot is a win in one of the next two races and, given he’s the winningest active driver on road courses with seven, he’s the favorite this weekend at Watkins Glen according to BetMGM. Kyle Larson has won the last two races at Watkins Glen and enters the weekend at 5½-to-1 odds. Current points leader Martin Truex Jr. has six career road course wins to his name and is 7-to-1 entering the weekend. Tyler Reddick, who won earlier in the season at Circuit of the Americas enters the weekend at 9-to-1 odds.

Best odds to win

• Chase Elliott +300
• Kyle Larson +550
• Martin Truex Jr. +700
• Tyler Reddick +900

Chase Elliott drives through the Bus Stop during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Watkins Glen, N.Y., on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

Chase Elliott has two wins at Watkins Glen and is the betting favorite this weekend. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg wrote earlier in the week on the betting forecast and suggests good mid-tier odds on Chris Buescher (+2200), who has won the last two races on the trot, and Austin Cindric (+2400), who has bagged a pair of top-10s on road courses this season at COTA and the Chicago street race. If you want to take flyer on a longshot, Bromberg notes that Erik Jones (+25000) has four top-10s at Watkins Glen in five career starts there.

Go Bowling at the Glen entry list

Ross Chastain (1), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet
Austin Cindric (2), Team Penske Ford
Austin Dillon (3), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Kevin Harvick (4), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kyle Larson (5), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Brad Keselowski (6), RFK Racing Ford
Corey LaJoie (7), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
Kyle Busch (8), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Chase Elliott (9), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Aric Almirola (10), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Denny Hamlin (11), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Ryan Blaney (12), Team Penske Ford
Chase Briscoe (14), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Andy Lally (15), Rick Ware Racing Ford
A.J. Allmendinger (16), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
Chris Buescher (17), RFK Racing Ford
Martin Truex Jr. (19), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Christopher Bell (20), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Harrison Burton (21), Wood Brothers Racing Ford
Joey Logano (22), Team Penske Ford
Bubba Wallace (23), 23XI Racing Toyota
William Byron (24), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Justin Haley (31), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
Michael McDowell (34), Front Row Motorsports Ford
Todd Gilliland (38), Front Row Motorsports Ford
Ryan Preece (41), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Mike Rockenfeller (42), Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet
Erik Jones (43), Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet
Tyler Reddick (45), 23XI Racing Toyota
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (47), JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
Alex Bowman (48), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Cody Ware (51), Rick Ware Racing Ford
Ty Gibbs (54), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Ty Dillon (77), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
Josh Bilicki (78), Live Fast Motorsports Ford
Daniel Suárez (99), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

Go Bowling at the Glen weather

The forecast is partly cloudy for Saturday’s Cup Series practice and qualifying runs, but a 52% chance of rain looms for race day. NASCAR’s short-track and road course packages include windshield wipers and grooved tires that can run on damp asphalt, but not with rain coming down or standing water on the track.