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Elliott holds off Truex at Watkins Glen

09 August, 2018, 23:59 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Chase Elliott's days as a non-winner in NASCAR's premier series came to an end Sunday when he drove to victory in Sunday's Go Bowling at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Watkins Glen International circuit in upstate NY.

After the exciting battles for the pole during Saturday nights qualifying, Denny Hamlin outlasted Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott for the pole for Sunday's Go Bowling at the Glen from Watkins Glen, New York.

Rookie Christopher Bell, who leads the points standings and was chasing a record-tying fourth consecutive win, finished ninth in a race on a track he had never raced on.

The 22-year-old Elliott from Dawsonville, Georgia inherited the lead on lap 56 when race leader Kyle Busch was forced to come back down pit road for more fuel.

Elliott's first win came in his 99th start. I leaned on him a lot over this past offseason and I always lean on him, but certainly a lot throughout this off season just about the opportunities I've had in the past and not closing them out. All three of Truex's road course wins were won with strategy, including previous year at The Glen. Elliott held a consistent lead, and appeared headed for victory. Elliott took over the lead by passing Busch on lap 27. He pulled out to a half-second lead while Martin Truex Jr. was fighting to get back to the front after restarting 12th.

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Eight times he had finished second during his Cup career.

Midway through the segment, the Big 3 of Busch, Truex and Kevin Harvick were running in the top 10, but Elliott dominated in his No. 9 Chevy, beating Busch by 1.3 seconds. Almirola spun out and backed into the guardrail to bring out the first caution of the race. The fuel probe malfunctioned on the ensuing pit stop and the crew only got a few gallons into the No. 18 Toyota.

"Every year we come here, we have a fast auto and fail to execute, whether that's just called bad luck or whatever", Busch said.

NASCAR changed pre-race inspections this week to Sunday morning during its second-straight two-day event and only two cars failed.

Menard entered the race tied for 16th in points with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who started 23rd. It was Logano's third win in the series at The Glen and 30th overall, seventh on the career list. Chase was able to finally capture that elusive first victory in the Cup series.

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