Elliott holds on at The Glen for first Cup race win

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Monday 6th August, 2018 - 9:34am

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Chase Elliott is chased by Martin Truex Jnr

Chase Elliott has seen off a final lap threat from 2017 champion Martin Truex Jnr to win for the first time at NASCAR Cup Series level, at Watkins Glen.

Elliott started the 90th and final lap of the New York state road course with a mistake at Turn 1, running wide over the exit kerb and allowing Truex Jnr to get right up behind the #9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

The 22-year-old eased away slightly from Truex Jnr before the second-placed #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota just about hit the bottom of the fuel tank.

Elliott’s lead blew out to 7.560s at the finish line but Truex Jnr had enough fuel to coast home another 12.466s ahead of series leader Kyle Busch.

Truex Jnr had inherited the Stage 1 win when his crew chose to pit #78 after the green/white chequered flag.

Kyle Busch headed the field at the restart but soon came under pressure from Elliott, who was third under yellow.

Elliott got by the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on Lap 27 and went on to take out the stage.

He stayed out on track for the start of the final stage but relinquished first position to Kyle Busch at The Esses.

A Caution came on Lap 55 when Matt DiBenedetto’ #32 Go Fas Racing Ford stopped on-track, but Kyle Busch continued to lead from Elliott out of pit lane.

However, #18 did not take on enough fuel and Kyle Busch had to return to pit lane, handing the ascendancy back to Elliott.

Truex Jnr jumped from fourth to second on the restart lap, Lap 59, and while he stalked Elliott for the rest of the race he couldn’t fashion an overtake on the SunEnergy1 Chev.

The win for Elliott came in his 99th Cup Series race and with legendary father Bill, who will compete in the Xfinity Series race at Road America in a fortnight, as spotter.

Kyle Busch dropped to 31st with that unplanned pit stop but stormed back to finish third and actually increase his lead in the regular season, which now has only four races left.

Another two Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas in Daniel Suarez (#19) and Erik Jones (#20) rounded out the top five.

Chip Ganassi Racing team-mates Kyle Larson (#42 Chevrolet) and Jamie McMurray (#1 Chevrolet) took sixth and seventh, ahead of William Byron (#24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet).

Kurt Busch, who had only qualified 21st anyway, started second-last after his #41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford failing post-qualifying inspections.

He was the first of the Blue Ovals at the end despite fading from second at the restart to finish ninth, one position in front of team-mate Kevin Harvick (#4 Ford).

Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin (#11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) finished 13th.

Round 23 is the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 10-12 (local time).

Race highlights

Results: Go Bowling at the Glen, Watkins Glen International

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 90 52 Running
2 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 90 4 Running
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 90 31 Running
4 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 90 0 Running
5 20 Erik Jones Toyota 90 0 Running
6 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 90 0 Running
7 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 90 0 Running
8 24 William Byron Chevrolet 90 0 Running
9 41 Kurt Busch Ford 90 0 Running
10 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 90 0 Running
11 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 90 0 Running
12 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 90 0 Running
13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 90 2 Running
14 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 90 0 Running
15 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 90 0 Running
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 90 0 Running
17 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 90 0 Running
18 34 Michael McDowell Ford 90 0 Running
19 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 90 0 Running
20 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 90 0 Running
21 95 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 90 0 Running
22 10 Aric Almirola Ford 90 0 Running
23 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 90 0 Running
24 96 Parker Kligerman Toyota 90 0 Running
25 43 Bubba Wallace Chevrolet 89 0 Running
26 38 David Ragan Ford 89 0 Running
27 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 89 0 Running
28 21 Paul Menard Ford 89 0 Running
29 6 Matt Kenseth Ford 89 0 Running
30 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 89 1 Running
31 00 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 88 0 Running
32 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 77 0 Suspension
33 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 75 0 Running
34 72 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 73 0 Running
35 23 Spencer Gallagher Toyota 73 0 Running
36 51 Josh Bilicki Ford 69 0 Electrical
37 22 Joey Logano Ford 1 0 Crash

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Playoff pts
1 Kyle Busch 934   22 6 35
2 Kevin Harvick 864 -70 22 6 33
3 Martin Truex Jnr 813 -121 22 4 27
4 Kurt Busch 705 -229 22 0 2
5 Clint Bowyer 703 -231 22 2 10
6 Joey Logano 691 -243 22 1 7
7 Brad Keselowski 670 -264 22 0 4
8 Kyle Larson 660 -274 22 0 0
9 Denny Hamlin 650 -284 22 0 2
10 Ryan Blaney 639 -295 22 0 4
11 Chase Elliott 619 -315 22 1 8
12 Aric Almirola 602 -332 22 0 1
13 Erik Jones 572 -362 22 1 5
14 Jimmie Johnson 563 -371 22 0 0
15 Alex Bowman 523 -411 22 0 0
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 461 -473 22 0 2
17 Paul Menard 451 -483 22 0 1
18 Daniel Suarez 434 -500 22 0 0
19 Ryan Newman 431 -503 22 0 0
20 William Byron 427 -507 22 0 0
21 Austin Dillon 412 -522 22 1 5
22 Jamie McMurray 410 -524 22 0 0
23 AJ Allmendinger 360 -574 22 0 1
24 Chris Buescher 345 -589 22 0 0
25 Bubba Wallace 331 -603 22 0 0
26 Michael McDowell 331 -603 22 0 0
27 David Ragan 319 -615 22 0 0
28 Kasey Kahne 312 -622 22 0 0
29 Ty Dillon 293 -641 22 0 0
30 Matt DiBenedetto 238 -696 22 0 0
31 Trevor Bayne 185 -749 14 0 0
32 Matt Kenseth 117 -817 8 0 0
33 Gray Gaulding 113 -821 17 0 0
34 Landon Cassill 103 -831 15 0 0
35 Cole Whitt 90 -844 10 0 0
36 DJ Kennington 82 -852 7 0 0
37 Corey LaJoie 75 -859 12 0 0
38 Jeffrey Earnhardt 69 -865 8 0 0
39 Brendan Gaughan 49 -885 3 0 0
40 Reed Sorenson 41 -893 9 0 0
41 Harrison Rhodes 23 -911 5 0 0
42 Kyle Weatherman 16 -918 3 0 0
43 Mark Thompson 15 -919 1 0 0
44 Chris Cook 6 -928 1 0 0
45 Tomy Drissi 5 -929 1 0 0
46 Blake Jones 4 -930 1 0 0
47 Derrike Cope 4 -930 2 0 0
48 Danica Patrick 2 -932 1 0 0
49 Cody Ware 1 -933 2 0 0
50 Justin Marks 0 -934 2 0 0
51 David Gilliland 0 -934 1 0 0
52 Ray Black Jnr 0 -934 1 0 0
53 Ross Chastain 0 -934 20 0 0
54 JJ Yeley 0 -934 6 0 0
55 Parker Kligerman 0 -934 3 0 0
56 Timothy Peters 0 -934 1 0 0
57 Cole Custer 0 -934 2 0 0
58 Joey Gase 0 -934 3 0 0
59 Timmy Hill 0 -934 9 0 0

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