Chase Elliot gets first at Watkins Glen

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Elliott held off defending race victor, Martin Truex, Jr., in the closing laps.

But Truex ran out of gas seconds later, paving the way for Elliott to cruise to the finish line unchallenged.

"We had a fast race vehicle".

Truex closed to the back bumper of Elliott's No. 9 Chevy as his auto bobbled slightly out of the first turn on the final lap around the 2.45-mile natural terrain layout.

NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bill Elliott is coming out of retirement.

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

The race will be Elliot's first since Daytona in 2012. Jeff Gordon is the all-time leader with six in a row 1997-2000).

The triumph comes in Elliott's 99th career race. The majority of the large crowd was behind Elliott, and roared as he took the checkered flag on the final lap.

Suarez and Jones finished fourth and fifth, respectively, on Sunday. "Jimmie (Johnson) has been one of my heroes for a long, long time". It continues a NASCAR tradition of father and son combinations that have won races in the Cup Series. Joey Logano then went off track in the inner loop and wound up driving through the gravel pit. Almirola pitted along with AJ Allmendinger, who suffered front-end damage after contact with Logano. Truex, Busch, and Kevin Harvick, have combined to win 16 of the 21 Cup races. I won my first Cup race at a road course in Riverside.

Denny Hamlin started from the pole on the high-speed road course in New York's Finger Lakes region.

Elliott led 52 out of 90 laps after starting the race in third. All three of Truex's road course wins were won with strategy, including past year at The Glen. His streak included three wins each at Watkins Glen and Sonoma. The Glen has had only one repeat victor - Marcos Ambrose in 2011-12 - in the past 12 years. The times of Paul Menard, who qualified 14th, and Kurt Busch, who qualified 21st, were disallowed. It was a two-car breakaway as the rest of the field was more than 11 seconds back. 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.

Chase Elliott will start third in the No. 9 Chevy, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson. He won both the Xfinity and Cup races in 2015 and won the Xfinity race on Saturday.

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.

Chase Elliott (9) leads the pack around Turn 1 during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. His lone Xfinity Series victory came in the 1993 Fay's 150 at Watkins Glen International. NASCAR returns to the Irish Hills of Michigan next weekend for the Consumer's Energy 400, at Michigan International Speedway.

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