Truex Jr. Finishes 2nd at Watkins Glen Road Course

Truex Jr. Finishes 2nd at Watkins Glen Road Course

Bill Elliott won his first race at a road course (Riverside, 1983). In an unique coincedence, both Elliotts got their first ever Cup wins on road courses, and both came after finishing second place eight times.

Elliott led Truex by 1.1 seconds with 19 laps left, Jones was third over 10 seconds behind and Busch 18 seconds back in eighth in what turned into a two-car struggle. 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.

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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. The wet track made for insane visuals as cars kicked up water and experienced road course racers like AJ Allmendinger were right at home, but Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski rose to the top once the precipitation stopped and the track dried.

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.

Truex is seeking his third consecutive victory on a road course in NASCAR's stop Sunday in the GoBowling at The Glen. Busch pitted the next time around to stay on the same strategy, but Truex stayed out to win his seventh stage of the season. Chase was able to finally capture that elusive first victory in the Cup series. His streak included three wins each at Watkins Glen and Sonoma.

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"It's way too soon for that", Hamlin, who won at The Glen two years ago, said when asked if his effort was a step toward closing the gap with the three drivers at the top. The Glen has had only one repeat victor - Marcos Ambrose in 2011-12 - in the past 12 years.

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The news caught Cup series leader Kyle Busch by surprise after qualifying Saturday evening. He beat AJ Allmendinger by 3.3 seconds. Their times were disallowed and both Fords were sent to the rear of the 37-car field.

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. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson wound up using his auto to push Elliott to his first victory celebration.

The next race is Sunday Aug. 12 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

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