Elliott Dominates at Watkins Glen

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: NASCAR NEEDS MORE ROAD COURSES. And this Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen was the perfect example of why. It produced a battle for the lead that lasted the majority of the race, along with side-by-side battles throughout the field, and a whole lotta aggression that was entertaining for all fans. Without a doubt, the Go Bowling at the Glen one of the best races of the season so far in terms of non-stop action.

LAP 1: Pole Sitter Chase Elliott got a great start when the green flag flew and pulled away to a significant lead. The rest of the field went 4-wide in Turn 1 as they battled for position.

LAP 2: While fighting for second place, William Byron squeezed Kyle Busch down on the apex of Turn 2. A slight door-slam and side-draft made Busch spin in front of the field. Busch corrected the car and resumed racing without a caution. Busch fell to 10th place and began battling back into the Top 5.

LAP 17: To retaliate against Byron for how he was raced earlier, Busch made contact with the younger driver and sent him through the grass in the chicane. Busch’s car sustained some front end damage, but Byron’s #24 was fine with the exception of some sod in the grill.

STAGE 1 END – LAP 20: Chase Elliott won the stage, picking up a much-needed playoff point. He crossed the line 5.8 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin who took 2nd place from William Byron. Elliott lost the lead to Kyle Larson during a pit stop.

LAP 22: Under caution, William Byron sought revenge on Kyle Busch and rhinoed the rear end of Busch’s #18 Toyota. The move backfired when Byron’s hood crushed from impact and Busch remained almost entirely unscathed.

LAP 26: The #96 of Parker Kligerman spun by himself in the chicane, but was able to cycle the engine and returned to the race without a caution flag. Elliott passed Larson to recapture the lead.

CAUTION – LAP 32: The #77 of Reed Sorenson was turned by Daniel Suarez in the inner loop. Sorenson spun into the tire barrier in the run-off area and the yellow flag waved.

CAUTION – LAP 38: Just 2 laps before the end of the stage, Bubba Wallace got loose in Turn 5 and spun into the tire barrier, damging both the nose and rear of the car.

STAGE 2 END – LAP 40: The stage finished under caution due to the incident with Wallace and Elliott collected his second stage win of the race, his 4th this season.

LAP 54: Chase Elliott continued to lead as Martin Truex Jr closed in from second place.

LAP 60: Elliott’s #9 team were the first to make a move, bringing him to the pits for a regular pitstop. Truex stayed out for another lap before coming to pit road as well. Elliott sailed by on the straightaway while Truex was on pit road, but it was all for nothing when the caution came out.

CAUTION – LAP 61: Coming out of the innerloop, Ryan Blaney tried to dive to the inside of the #48 of Jimmie Johnson and made contact with the right-rear quarter pannel. Johnson spun into the tires and lost all of his track position.

Meanwhile on the other end of the track, Bubba Wallace and Kyle Busch tangled when Wallace pushed the #18 to the inside wall on the front stretch in retailiation for an earlier incident with Busch in the chicane. Busch then paid Wallace back by shoving the #43 to the inside wall. The heated battle ended with Wallace turning Busch around in Turn 1.

LAP 80: With only 10 laps to go, the gap between Elliott and Truex was just 0.4 seconds. Elliott pushed his car to the limit while Truex trailed but was nonetheless able pull up the the bumper of the #9. Without the ability to close the gap completely, Truex struggled to make a legitimate move for the lead.

CHECKERED FLAG – LAP 90: After a nail-biting battle, Chase Elliott managed to cross the line ahead of Martin Truex to secure the win for the second year in a row at The Glen,

RESULTS:

  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Martin Truex Jr
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Erik Jones
  5. Ryan Blaney
  6. Matt DiBenedetto
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Kyle Larson
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Kurt Busch
  11. Kyle Busch
  12. Aric Almirola
  13. Chris Buescher
  14. Alex Bowman
  15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
  16. Michael McDowell
  17. Daniel Suarez
  18. Paul Menard
  19. Jimmie Johnson
  20. Clint Bowyer
  21. William Byron
  22. David Ragan
  23. Joey Logano
  24. Matt Tifft
  25. Ryan Newman
  26. Parker Kligerman
  27. Ross Chastain
  28. Bubba Wallace
  29. Landon Cassill
  30. Ty Dillon
  31. Austin Dillon
  32. Josh Bilicki
  33. Cody Ware
  34. Corey LaJoie
  35. Daniel Hemric
  36. Ryan Preece
  37. Reed Sorenson

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