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Monday live at the Glen: Stewart a winner for record fifth time

Tony Stewart gets interviewed in victory lane. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Good morning from Watkins Glen International. It kinda feels like I'm in a version the movie Groundhog Day because it's race day, take two.

Join me in the nifty box below for an interactive blog of the race. I won't tell your boss if you don't.

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Here's the lead-up to race time:

We'll be blabbering here as we count down to this afternoon's one-day delayed Sprint Cup series' Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips At The Glen (and our one-day delayed live chat). NASCAR's schedule states that the green flag will fly at 12:19 p.m.

Here's yesterday's blog and today's Buffalo News story about the rainout, in which I talked about first-time Sprint Cup starter Andy Lally having to wait another day for his debut.

Crew members get ready in the garage Monday morning. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)8:16 a.m. It's kind of a surreal scene here today after the race was rained out Sunday. As I drove in one of the Glen's side doors -- Gate One off of Meads Hill Road -- several campers and cars were on their way out of the track. I'd imagine that plenty of people, as much as they'd like to see the race, either had to hit the road last night or have to stick around until tomorrow.

As I drove past the outside of the Esses portion of the track, the super-powered-blow-drying trucks were going by. I had to roll up the window because I was catching a significant part of the breeze.

8:20 a.m. Oh yeah. The most important thing, of course: we have sunny skies right now. The forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms and a 60 percent chance of rain. We're keeping our fingers crossed as we type.

The pit area is getting busy on what is a bright Monday morning. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) 9:51 a.m. Just went for a quick walk around the pits and garage area, both which were buzzing with activity. I took the two pictures you see here -- note those sunny skies.

9:53 a.m. News local auto racing expert Larry Ott was also out in the garage checking in with local guys Rodney Fetters (Niagara Falls), Ryan Gamble (Sanborn) and he'll be seeing Glenn Waldron (Colden) a little later -- they are all part of Greg Biffle's No. 16 Ford team, and Larry will be spending the day in the pits watching out their crucial day at the Glen goes -- Biffle is 12th in the points standings. Fetters is a jackman, Gamble a gas man and Waldron a mechanic. Should be a fun story.

10:38 a.m. The volume in the media room went up suddenly when a guy stuck his head in and started hollering at some reporters and media reps. The guy is made-for-television former driver Jimmy Spencer.

Pit road around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) Sprint Cup cars out of their car covers on pit road Monday morning. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) 10:43 a.m. We have some good weather news. The forecast is now for scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon, with the precipitation chance down from 60 to 50 percent.

11:15 a.m. I'm off to see some serious bumping in traffic. Heading to the lunch room in the media center. That joke works every race.

11:31 a.m. We've got reporters grumbling about the food and one media member on the phone arguing with someone about what they've been charged for changing their flight. This is not a happy room.

11:33 a.m. After all this waiting, it's almost hard to comprehend we'll be racing in less than an hour.

I took another quick walk out to pit road and it's out phenomenal out right now.

I snapped the two pictures, one looking up the track from the entrance to the garage and one looking back. Fans are filing in. We'll have to see if the huge grandstand on the frontstretch is as filled as it was when we were about to go racing Sunday.

12:04 p.m. Every thing is ready to go. National Anthem is in the books. I'm switching over to the live blog window now.

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Afterwards, feel free to add comments below.

---Keith McShea


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.