Elliott had a fast auto all day - he won the race's second stage - but he also benefited when a couple of strong contenders suffered weird mishaps during a pit stop. It was a two-car breakaway as the rest of the field was more than 11 seconds back.
NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) a victor for the first time in NASCAR'S Top series at Watkins Glen. Elliott led the final 32 laps of the race, holding off a hard-charging Martin Truex Jr, who ultimately ran out of gas. 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 were running in the top 10, but Elliott dominated and beat Busch by 1.3 seconds.
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. Almirola pitted along with AJ Allmendinger, who suffered front-end damage after contact with Logano.
Elliott held off defending race victor, Martin Truex, Jr., in the closing laps.
Busch took charge on the restart, pulling away to a lead of almost three seconds over Truex, with Hamlin third and Chase Elliott fourth.
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The NASCAR Cup Series is racing at Watkins Glen. He won at Sonoma, California, the only other true road course on the regular-season schedule, in late June and is the defending Watkins Glen victor.
Elliott led 52 out of 90 laps after starting the race in third.
After eight runner-up finishes, Chase Elliott outdueled the defending champ this time en route to his first win, coming in his third full-time season and his 99th start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Out of fuel after the finish, he was pushed to victory lane by the banged-up No. 48 Chevy of seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, a teammate and one of his staunchest supporters, as his father raced to join the celebration after spotting. Elliott hasn't made a NASCAR national series start since the 2012 Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Both of these statements are set to change on Saturday, August 25, as Elliott, 62, is set to return to NASCAR in the Xfinity Series race at Road America.