It finally happened, Chase Elliott a victor in NASCAR’s Premier Series

Ross Houston
August 9, 2018

Elliott had a fast vehicle all day - he won the race's second stage - but he also benefited when a couple of strong contenders suffered freakish mishaps during a pit stop. On race day, the big three were looking like the best of the field once again, but the #9 Sun Energy1 vehicle of Chase Elliott was a man on a mission. The top 10 in stage two were #9, Chase Elliott, #18 Kyle Busch, #11 Denny Hamlin, #20 Erik Jones, #78 Martin Truex Jr, #1 Jamie McMurray, #4 Kevin Harvick, #42 Kyle Larson, #12 Ryan Blaney, #19 Daniel Suarez rounded out the top 10 in stage two.

Elliott is the fourth driver to earn his first career win at Watkins Glen International. That gave Elliott the lead, which he held until the end.

The final stage came down to a battle between Elliott and Truex.

This first win for Elliott also marked the 250th career win for Hendrick Motorsports. Joey Logano then went off track in the inner loop and wound up driving through the gravel pit. Almirola pitted along with AJ Allmendinger, who suffered front-end damage after contact with Logano. The first caution of the race came out on lap three as #10 Aric Almirola was sent spinning coming out of turn seven.

Busch took charge on the restart, pulling away to a lead of almost three seconds over Truex, with Hamlin third and Chase Elliott fourth.

Elliott held off defending race victor, Martin Truex, Jr., in the closing laps. All three of Truex's road course wins were won with strategy, including past year at The Glen. He won both the Xfinity and Cup races in 2015 and won the Xfinity race on Saturday.

Elliott led 52 out of 90 laps after starting the race in third.

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

Hamlin traversed the 2.45-mile layout at 125.534 miles per hour in qualifying on Saturday, just ahead of series points leader Kyle Busch.

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.

Elliott will be making his first Xfinity Series start at Road America.

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

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