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Watkins Glens Attendance Soars While Other Tracks Fall

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Tens of thousands of racing fans flocked to the iconic Watkins Glen International (WGI) Friday, for the start of NASCAR's weekend event.

In recent years, there's been a drop of thousands in attendance at NASCAR tracks, such as Talladega. However, Watkins Glen is not of those tracks considering they are seeing over 100,000 fans come through the gates, each and every year.

For the fourth consecutive year, Watkins Glen is looking for another sell-out. 

"We got about a couple hundred more tickets to go before we declare a sell-out. We're that close, we're on the edge, we're on the bubble," said Michael Printup, President of Watkins Glen International.

The start of the 2018 race season is expecting another stellar year of tickets sales, as WGI President Michael Printup said he expects to sell-out seating for the fourth year in a row. And most fans agree, it's the experience of The Glen that keeps them coming back.

"We come here every year and ever since I was younger than these guys, it's been since 1986. I'd come with my dad and now I'm bringing my kids," said Dane Schuster, alongside his sons, Jake and Tyler.

With virtual reality experiences to give a fans a chance to be in the driver seat of a stock car, a wide selection of racing memorabilia, and plenty of places to set up a lawn chair and catch one of the many turns' action; fans say it's easy to see why they keep coming back.

"I mean, this is one of the greatest parties in NASCAR. I think this gives Talladega a run for it," said Scott Meriwether, Syracuse.

Drivers like Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, and Kyle Bush will be competing in The Glen's weekend events; K&N Pro Series, Xfinity Series Zippo 200, and the Go Bowling at the Glen Cup Series, so don't miss out. 

Fox 40 will be there Sunday, August 5, 2018, and will have more from the Monster Energy Series.