Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Chase Elliott wins at Watkins Glen

Chase Elliott wins at Watkins Glen

Bill Elliott won his first race at a road course (Riverside, 1983).

NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott, who has not competed in a NASCAR national series event in more than six years, will drive for GMS Racing in the Xfinity Series race August 25 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. "I could catch him, but just trying to get close I would get loose". Bell became the first series driver since Dale Earnhardt Jr.in 1999 to win three straight with a victory last week at Iowa. "So thrilled, so emotional, so much relief, you know, working on three years hadn't won one".

"I just tried all I could to chase him down, and I got there with plenty of time", Truex said.

Collecting wins - and a playoff point each - in the 20-lap first and second stages were Truex and Elliott, respectively. "I was going to do a burnout, but I ran out of gas". He put his vehicle exactly where I needed mine to be.

Other Notables: #14 Clint Bowyer P11, #12 Ryan Blaney P12, #11 Denny Hamlin P13, #88 Alex Bowman P14, #2 Brad Keselowski P17, #31 Ryan Newman P19, #10 Aric Almirola P22, #43 Bubba Wallace Jr P25, #3 Austin Dillon P27, #21 Paul Menard P28, #48 Jimmie Johnson P30, #22 Joey Logano P37.

It promised to turn into a fuel mileage race as the laps wound down, and nobody has been better with the strategy than Truex and crew chief Cole Pearn.

"You do what you can do, " said Keselowski, a three-time runner-up at The Glen, "if it takes strategy to win, you play strategy".


"Last year we had a lug nut get stuck in the caliper".

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

Kevin Harvick finished 10th in the Go Bowling at the Glen after running outside the top five for most 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. That forced him to pit again, dropping him out of contention after dominating the opening segment. During that pitstop, Busch had a problem, and that allowed #9 Chase Elliott to take back the lead on the restart, and Busch had to restart in 26th.

AJ Allmendinger drove the No. 23 to a second-place finish Saturday in the Xfinity race at The Glen.

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. NASCAR returns to the Irish Hills of Michigan next weekend for the Consumer's Energy 400, at Michigan International Speedway.

The start of the 2018 race season is expecting another stellar year of tickets sales, as WGI President Michael Printup said he expects to sell-out seating for the fourth year in a row. Chase was able to finally capture that elusive first victory in the Cup series.

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