Chase Elliott wins at Watkins Glen, his 1st Cup victory

It finally happened, Chase Elliott a winner in NASCAR’s Premier Series

Elliott is set to drive the #23 GMS Racing Chevrolet, the vehicle that has been shared by a number of other drivers, including his son Chase, since the suspension of the former full-time driver of the auto, Spencer Gallagher, following the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway in late April, in the Johnsonville 180. In an unique coincedence, both Elliotts got their first ever Cup wins on road courses, and both came after finishing second place eight times.

Busch's day was ruined when Matt DiBenedetto brought out a caution just past the midpoint of the race.

Midway through the segment, the Big 3 of Busch, Truex and Kevin Harvick were running in the top 10, but Elliott dominated in his No. 9 Chevy, beating Busch by 1.3 seconds. Truex closed within in a couple auto lengths of Elliott with 10 laps to go, but faded back in the final circuits. Elliott took over the lead by passing Busch on lap 27. When Truex bobbled in the chicane on the final lap, Elliott was home free. Joey Logano then went off track in the inner loop and wound up driving through the gravel pit.

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. "I love coming to these road courses".

Elliott has never driven in a NASCAR race of any kind at the 14-turn. It occurred on an afternoon where he led a race-high 52 laps and won Stage 2 - his third consecutive race with a stage win. All three of Truex's road course wins were won with strategy, including a year ago at The Glen.

Like Sonoma, Watkins Glen can be unpredictable.

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Sunday will be a marathon for NASCAR and the teams because inspection this week was moved to prior to the race. All 12 drivers who made the final round of qualifying passed.

The trio was as dominant as always last week at Pocono when Busch and Harvick had to start at the back of the field after their cars failed postqualifying inspection. Their times were disallowed and both Fords were sent to the rear of the 37-car field.

Elliott hasn't competed in any of NASCAR's national series since he drove in the July Cup race at Daytona in 2012.

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.

The Go Bowling at The Glen marked the fourth-straight grandstand sellout for Watkins Glen International.

Chase Elliott (9) makes his way through the esses during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

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