WATKINS GLEN, NY (WENY) -- Longtime president of Watkins Glen International has announced he is retiring.

Printup has been the President of WGI since 2009, and in addition to his role at WGI, he oversees NASCAR's food service contract at 12 different racetracks. 

Printup's last days at Watkins Glen International will be the weekend of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on June 22nd through the 25th.

Printup and his team have been a major part in improving WGI, putting $56 million into the facility over the last 15 seasons.

Watkins Glen International has had 7 consecutive grandstand sellouts during NASCAR Cup Series weekend. The track has also been named the best NASCAR track in the country by USA Today during Printup's time there.

In a conversation with WENY News, Printup said this decision all came down to personal time.

"I want to spend more time with my family," Printup said. "I spent 25 years on the road, and when your best friend is Delta, Marriott, National Car Rental, and you watch your kids get older, that's probably not a great thing and I have a granddaughter now and we just want to slow down and suck in life." 

Printup also took some time to reflect on how Watkins Glen International has grown over his 15 seasons.

"When I got here, Watkins Glen out of the twelve tracks that NASCAR owns, we were number twelve in every category. Revenue, ticket sales, everything. We are now number four, and I give all the credit to the team doing a great responsibility in terms of upping our game" Printup said.

"I can't believe the commitment in this community, and again, throwing in all of you, throwing in the corporate partners, throwing in all of our patrons, all of our ticketholders, this community is bar none" he added.