Elliott claims first career Cup win, holds off Truex at Watkins Glen

"Chase has ran a handful of races for the team, so I figured I would give it a shot at Road America".

Truex was bidding to become the first Cup driver to win three straight road races since Tony Stewart accomplished the feat just over a decade ago (2004-05). A mechanical issue with the refueling system on Busch's auto on, what was supposed to be, their final stop of the race kept the vehicle from being fully fueled.

Keselowski spun out trying to pass Logano with less than three laps to go and finished 10th.

Harvick, tied with Busch for the series lead with six wins, also failed to advance and will start 16th. #18 Kyle Busch had taken the lead prior to the Almirola incident.

Truex is part of the "Big 3" in NASCAR that is dominating the season. He remains third in driver and playoff points.

Elliott led 52 laps including picking up another Stage win in Sunday's Going Bowling at the Glen.

On a stop on lap 54, leader Kyle Busch's gasman had a problem with a can, preventing him from filling the auto.

Rounding out the top five were Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, both of JGR.

Stage Three: This was by far the most interesting stage of the race.

Denny Hamlin won the pole Saturday afternoon, covering the 2.45-mile layout at 125.534 miles per hour to take the top spot, ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Busch moved back to the lead on the restart of the third and final stage when Elliott over-cooked Turn 1 of the 11-turn circuit. While Busch had a valiant rally, it wasn't enough. Chase was able to finally capture that elusive first victory in the Cup series.

NASCAR said Elliott has passed a physical and is approved to race.

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.

Elliott's victory came in his 99th Cup start and was the 250th win for Hendrick Motorsports, breaking a 37-race losing streak for one of NASCAR's signature teams. Like Chase, the rest of HMS is inching closer to being very competitive. I'd like to keep my options for a track that will play more on speed such as Darlington or even MI - where despite it being his worst non-plate track based on average finish (18.9) - he does have three straight top 10s there. NASCAR returns to the Irish Hills of Michigan next weekend for the Consumer's Energy 400, at Michigan International Speedway.

Both drivers would run out of fuel before they could get to the garages - in Elliott's case, to Victory Lane. Those two are really good there.

NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bill Elliott is coming out of retirement. For now, Congratulations Chase on your first win and keep it going, you made a lot of fans happy this weekend.

Vanessa Coleman

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