Sports car specialist Butch Leitzinger will step into the driver’s seat of a NASCAR Busch Series Stock Car at Watkins Glen on August 12.
NDS Motorsports has hired Leitzinger for the Watkins Glen race, a track that the Pennsylvanian knows intimately. NASCAR teams frequently draft road race specialists for the road course races at Watkins Glen and Sears Point.
Leitzinger currently competes in the American Le Mans Series with James Weaver for Dyson Racing and drives for Howard-Boss Motorsports in the Grand Am Rolex Series with Andy Wallace.
He has previously raced in NASCAR's two premiere series, Cup and Busch. In the mid 1990s, Leitzinger ran in two Cup races at Watkins Glen; and in 1994, he ran the Busch race there for the first time, returning in 2000 to notch second place just behind race winner Ron Fellows, another road course specialist.
While racing in the NASCAR Grand Division (Busch North Series now called Busch East Series), Leitzinger won on the Lime Rock Park road course and at Watkins Glen.
"Watkins Glen is one of the greatest tracks in the world,” he says. “It’s a real driver's track and the competition is always fierce from beginning to end.”