Chase Elliott wins at Watkins Glen, his first Cup victory


COME ONE, COME ALL: Watkins Glen International announced that reserved grandstand tickets for the race sold out for the fourth consecutive year.

Keselowski spun out trying to pass Logano with under three laps to go and finished 10th. Justin Allgaier was third, followed by Justin Haley and Aric Almirola.

Chase Elliott has won the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen, holding off Martin Truex Jr in a scintillating finish. The top 16 drivers make the 10-race playoffs, which start in mid-September, and only four races remain in the regular season. "Jimmie has been one of my heroes for a long, long time".

Gordon, with nine career road course victories, won six straight races from 1997-2000.

Truex closed to the back bumper of Elliott's No. 9 Chevy heading out of the first turn of the final lap, skidding sideways, but Elliott pulled away and Truex sputtered home second, out of fuel.

Truex was shooting for his third straight road-course win, but ran out of fuel on the final lap as he was only a few vehicle lengths behind Elliott, who also ran out of fuel but on the cool down lap.

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

Finishing third was Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing.

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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. While Busch had a valiant rally, it wasn't enough. Elliott pulled out to a half-second lead while Truex was fighting to get back to the front after a restart mired him in 12th.

The 1988 Cup champion and two-time Daytona 500 victor will drive the GMS Racing Chevrolet Camaro, for the team his son Chase has made several appearances for this year after regular driver Spencer Gallagher was hit with a drug ban. Kyle Busch finished third, 20 seconds behind, followed by Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, a triumvirate of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas.

Joey Logano, who won the Zippo 200 Xfinity race moments earlier, qualified sixth.

Chase's win is team owner Rick Hendrick's 250th overall win and first of the 2018 season. Like Chase, the rest of HMS is inching closer to being very competitive.

"I definitely want to go [to Road America]", said Elliott.

Denny Hamlin's No. 11 will start from the pole Sunday for NASCAR's Cup road race at Watkins Glen International. Team-mate Jimmie Johnson pushed him to victory lane.

Elliott's links to GMS go beyond his son, as the team's president Mike Beam had been hismcrew chief on and off in the 1990s and was also his team manager at Bill Elliott Racing. For now, Congratulations Chase on your first win and keep it going, you made a lot of fans happy this weekend.