Elliott gets first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Watkins Glen

Elliott gets first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Watkins Glen

Truex ran second to Elliott for most of the final stage before beginning a steady close.

Mired in a confounding losing streak since the start of his NASCAR Cup career in 2016, Chase Elliott finally broke into the win column Sunday, holding off road course ace Martin Truex Jr.to win the Go Bowling at the Glen event at Watkins Glen.

On a stop on lap 54, leader Kyle Busch's gasman had a problem with a can, preventing him from filling the auto. When Truex bobbled in the chicane on the final lap, Elliott was home free. 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.

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.

Kyle Busch finished third, followed by Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, a triumvirate of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. 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.

Midway through the segment, the Big 3 of Busch, Truex and Kevin Harvick were running in the top 10, but Elliott dominated in his No. 9 Chevy, beating Busch by 1.3 seconds.

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Busch took charge on the restart, pulling away to a lead of almost three seconds over Truex, with Hamlin third and Chase Elliott fourth. Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin finished 13th.

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. The first caution of the race came out on lap three as #10 Aric Almirola was sent spinning coming out of turn seven. Chase was able to finally capture that elusive first victory in the Cup series. It occurred on an afternoon where he led a race-high 52 laps and won Stage 2 - his third consecutive race with a stage win. All three of Truex's road course victories were won with strategy, including last year at The Glen and this year at Sonoma in California's wine country.

Elliott held off a hard charge from defending NASCAR Cup series champion Martin Truex Jr.to claim his maiden victory.

The most recent NASCAR Xfinity Series race in which the and two-time Daytona 500 champion has driven is the 2005 Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park.

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

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