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Chase Elliott wins NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen again


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Chase Elliott wins NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen again

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Chase Elliott put an emphatic finish to his summer-long wrestle, making an announcement with a dominating win on the highway course at Watkins Glen International.

A 12 months after racing to his first profession NASCAR Cup victory at The Glen, Elliott gained a second time within the No. 9 for Hendrick Motorsports on Sunday, besting Martin Truex Jr. simply as he did a 12 months in the past. Elliott, who began from the pole, led 80 of 90 laps across the speedy 2.45-mile structure to develop into the primary repeat winner in practically a decade, since Marcos Ambrose in 2011-12.

“I think it’s huge,” Elliott stated. “We’ve had fast cars at times, but one thing or another ended up for a bad weekend. The way we did it was the biggest thing. That’s the kind of effort you have to put on often to compete with the guys in the field.”

Elliott had already certified for the postseason together with his win at Talladega in May, however after 4 straight top-fives he hadn’t had a top-10 end within the No. 9 Chevrolet since June at Pocono, a span of seven races. He additionally led 400 laps within the opening 13 races however had led solely 9 laps since till Sunday.

It was a two-car race for greater than half the 220.5- mile distance and the whole last 40 laps.



Truex started to exert some stress after sitting behind Elliott for greater than 10 laps within the last phase. Elliott held his floor till Truex’s No 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota closed with six laps to go, ready to pounce on a mistake that by no means got here.

“I attempted to do all I might. Chase did a superb job simply not making errors. He hit his marks. His automotive was actually quick in the important thing areas that you’ll want to be. I simply couldn’t get a run on him.

“Really, it was all about restarts and track position,” Truex stated. “If I could have just got by him on that last one we could have set sail.”

With two laps left, Truex nonetheless couldn’t get shut sufficient to make a transfer as Elliott drove flawlessly, profitable by 0.454 seconds.

Denny Hamlin was third, Erik Jones fourth for Gibbs and Ryan Blaney fifth in his No. 22 Penske Racing Ford after ranging from the rear of the sphere.

Seven-time champion Jimmy Johnson completed 19th as he struggles to make the playoffs.

Truex was chasing a sweep of the 2 conventional highway races on the schedule. He gained at Sonoma in June for the second straight time and has 5 straight top-two finishes on highway programs.

Elliott gained the primary two levels, dominating the primary, and Truex moved into competition a couple of third of the way in which by way of the race.

Truex started to problem Elliott for the lead coming into the primary activate Lap 55, shifting briefly inside on the 90-degree, downhill right-hander however backed off to attend for an additional shot. They had been alone at the entrance of the sphere, 12 seconds forward when Elliott dived to pit highway on Lap 60 for his last cease. Truex adopted swimsuit the subsequent time round and was again behind Elliott, a bit farther again this time.

Truex stayed again however like final 12 months started to shut the hole with 20 laps left. Elliott, who overcame some errors within the closing laps a 12 months in the past that almost opened the door for Truex, maintained a gentle lead of only a few car-lengths forward for nearly the whole stage, the 2 5 seconds forward of Hamlin in third.

The race was stopped when Johnson, determined for a great end, spun out popping out of the carousel flip, a sweeping right-hander, and seconds later Bubba Wallace spun Kyle Busch, who was operating 10th on Lap 62. Busch and Wallace had banged one another whereas racing down the entrance straightaway earlier than Wallace had the final faucet, sending Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota round coming into the primary flip. Busch, who began third, completed 11th.

Elliott and Truex had been again in entrance for the restart on Lap 66, however Truex challenged proper off the inexperienced flag, the 2 exchanging bumps dashing up by way of the esses as Elliott by no means relinquished the lead regardless of harm to the left rear of his Chevy.

“I think the left rear damage was the biggest concern,” Elliott’s crew chief Alan Gustafson stated. “It was pretty significant. There’s nothing you can do. There’s no reason to panic. We’d done the best job we could. I knew it was up to Chase. Chase was going to have to run a perfect race and he did.”

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