Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Chase Elliott wins at Watkins Glen

Chase Elliott wins at Watkins Glen

With virtual reality experiences to give a fans a chance to be in the driver seat of a stock auto, a wide selection of racing memorabilia, and plenty of places to set up a lawn chair and catch one of the many turns' action; fans say it's easy to see why they keep coming back.

Truex closed to the back bumper of Elliott's No. 9 Chevy as his auto moved wide heading out of the first turn of the final lap, but Elliott regrouped and pulled away as Truex sputtered home second, out of fuel.

Elliott, son former Cup champion and Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, mimicked his father's first career victory as that win, too, came on a road course - "Dollar Bill's" first Cup victory came at Riverside in the final race of the 1983 season. Bell became the first series driver since Dale Earnhardt 1999 to win three straight with a victory last week at Iowa. GMS has been using several drivers in its No. 23 vehicle since Spencer Gallagher's suspension in May for failing a NASCAR drug test. Gallagher was reinstated last month, but the team has been using a variety of drivers, including Elliott's son, Chase Elliott, in the auto.

Busch somehow drove through the field and finished third. This time, Elliott, who had several brushes with Hamlin in the first stage, quickly got past Hamlin and began putting pressure on Busch.

Elliott won the race's second stage and brought the sellout crowd to its feet with a pass of Busch. He pulled out to a half-second lead while Martin Truex Jr. was fighting to get back to the front after restarting 12th.

Positions 3-10 went to: Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray, William Byron, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick.

Suarez and Jones finished fourth and fifth, respectively, on Sunday.

Drivers like Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, and Kyle Bush will be competing in The Glen's weekend events; K&N Pro Series, Xfinity Series Zippo 200, and the Go Bowling at the Glen Cup Series, so don't miss out. He ran into the back of AJ Allmendinger as the field stacked up in turn 5 and busted a hole in his radiator. Busch pitted the next time around to stay on the same strategy, but Truex stayed out to win his seventh stage of the season.

The NASCAR Cup Series is racing at Watkins Glen.

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Pornanong, also seeking her first major and LPGA title, double-bogeyed No. 17 to leave Hall with a three-shot lead down the last. The 22-year-old finished with three birdies in the last four holes for a 69 to join Phatlum in the final group on Sunday.

Elliott could have added that the last three victories for the No. 9 vehicle have come at Watkins Glen - the previous two by road course ace Marcos Ambrose in 2011 and 2012. His streak included three wins each at Watkins Glen and Sonoma. The Glen has had only one repeat victor - Marcos Ambrose in 2011-12 - in the past 12 years.

While you're free to revel in Elliott's first win and buy as much merchandise as your heart desires it's important that you don't get carried away and think that NASCAR is somehow "saved" or that 10 years of television audience declines are suddently going to be reversed because the 22-year-old won a race on a Sunday in August. Menard entered the race tied for 16th in points with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who started 23rd.

Denny Hamlin's No. 11 will start from the pole Sunday for NASCAR's Cup road race at Watkins Glen International.

His Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota led 25 laps in that race before the engine blew. All 12 drivers who made the final round of qualifying passed. #18 Kyle Busch had taken the lead prior to the Almirola incident.

Elliott's win is a feel-good story that has a lot of angles.

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.

Elliott's last race was in July 2012 in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Logano became the youngest victor in Xfinity Series history by winning his first major NASCAR series race in 2008 in only his third start.

The triumph comes in Elliott's 99th career race.

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