If last weekend’s race at Watkins Glen felt short to you, you aren’t alone and you aren’t wrong. Two hours, seven minutes and three seconds is all it took for Martin Truex Jr to go from green to checkered to close out the race as the shortest in modern cup series history, according to NBCSports. Other than the mandatory breaks at the end of stages one and two, there was only one yellow flag for debris on lap 53. A total of only 8 laps were run under caution.
The last time a Cup race lasted less than 2:07 was Aug. 28, 1971. Tiny Lund won a 276-lap race on the .363-mile Hickory Speedway in 1 hour, 22 minutes and 25 seconds.
The abundance of clean racing and a quick resolution is a welcomed change after controversies surrounding endless cautions, unlimited restarts and excruciating overtimes this season. However, with no more road courses on the schedule, don’t get used to it.