Elliott holds off Truex at Watkins Glen


It was Logano's third win in the Xfinity Series at The Glen and 30th overall, seventh on the career list. Both cars were tight on fuel milage late in the race, and Truex forced Elliott to run hard to the finish.

Truex closed to the back bumper of Elliott's No. 9 Chevy as his auto bobbled slightly out of the first turn on the final lap around the 2.45-mile natural terrain layout.

Stage Two: The second stage started with #18 Kyle Busch out in front, but this very uneventful second stage, would go to #9 Chase Elliott as he got his third stage win in the last three races. A mechanical issue with the refueling system on Busch's auto on, what was supposed to be, their final stop of the race kept the vehicle from being fully fueled.

Truex was steady all day during the 90-lap race on the 2.45-mile, 7-turn circuit.

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Elliott won the race's second stage and brought the crowd to its feet with a pass of Busch.

Chase Elliott (9) leads the pack through the esses during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) a victor for the first time in NASCAR'S Top series at Watkins Glen. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez, rounded out the top-five.

Chase like his Hall of Fame father Bill, got his first win at a Road Course, so is it like father, like son, we will have to wait and see. Team-mate Jimmie Johnson pushed him to victory lane. The 22-year-old driver had finished second eight previous times as he chased that elusive first victory.

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PLAYOFF FIGHT: Paul Menard was dealt a blow to his playoff chances before the race even started when his No. 21 Ford failed inspection Sunday morning and he was sent to the rear of the 37-car field. Busch pressured the polesitter for a couple laps before taking the top spot.

Moments later, Joey Logano slid off course on lap two and dropped to the rear of the field, then headed to the garage with a broken radiator, his day done. Logano brought his auto to the garage, which ended his day due to NASCAR's damaged vehicle policy.

"I still expect the same cars to be fast, " Logano said. #18 Kyle Busch regained the lead to open the final stage of the race, but wouldn't keep it long as he hit the pitlane for his final pit stop of the race during the caution that was brought out by #32 Matt DiBenedetto.

The Go Bowling at The Glen marked the fourth-straight grandstand sellout for Watkins Glen International. When Truex bobbled in the chicane on the final lap, Elliott was home free.

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