|Watkins Glen is the home of American road racing. Law student Cameron Argetsinger dreamed of bringing European style competition to the village where he spent his summer vacations and he drew up a challenging course that encompassed asphalt, cement and dirt roads in and around the village of Watkins Glen. The dream became reality on October 2, 1948, "The Day They Stopped the Trains," in the first post-World War II road race in the U.S. For five years, the top names in American sports car racing visited the small village and huge crowds came out to watch them race. Now the permanent track hosts the NASCAR Sprint Cup as well as many other races, and is one of two road tracks in the US. The road race is still held through the village streets every year as well.