Chase Elliott gets first NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Watkins Glen

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Both cars were tight on fuel milage late in the race, and Truex forced Elliott to run hard to the finish. "So thrilled, so emotional, so much relief, you know, working on three years hadn't won one".

Positions 3-10 went to: Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray, William Byron, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick. 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. The 22-year-old driver had finished second eight previous times as he chased that elusive first victory.

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.

The 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion and current Hall of Famer has been signed to drive the GMS Racing No. 23 in the Xfinity Series at Road America in the Johnsonville 180. When Truex bobbled in the chicane on the final lap, Elliott was home free. Chase was able to finally capture that elusive first victory in the Cup series.

Kyle Busch, who started second, began the race intent on driving past Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin, the pole sitter.

Elliott led 52 out of 90 laps after starting the race in third.

Like Sonoma, Watkins Glen can be unpredictable.

NASCAR changed pre-race inspections this week to Sunday morning during its second-straight two-day event and only two cars failed. Both Fords were sent to the rear of the 37-car field. All 12 drivers who made the final round of qualifying passed.

Hamlin traversed the 2.45-mile layout at 125.534 miles per hour Saturday to take the top spot in the No. 11 Toyota, just ahead of Busch.

Logano became the youngest victor in Xfinity Series history by winning his first major NASCAR series race in 2008 in only his third start. Barring an inspection failure, of course. Elliott held a consistent lead, and appeared headed for victory.

Chase Elliott won the Go Bowling at The Glen on Sunday afternoon at Watkins Glen International for his first career NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series win.

Elliott hasn't competed in any of NASCAR's national series since he drove in the July Cup race at Daytona in 2012. It was Logano's third win in the Xfinity Series at The Glen and 30th overall, seventh on the career list.

UP NEXT: Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 12.

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