Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Chase Elliot gets first at Watkins Glen

Chase Elliot gets first at Watkins Glen

Joey Logano held off a late challenge from Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday. After two practice sessions and qualifying, we've dissected the numbers to offer a suggested lineup worthy of your Fantasy Live consideration as you make roster decisions for the 22nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of 2018. Truex climbed to fourth, dropping Johnson to 13th and out of the running for the 10-minute second round.

PLAYOFF FIGHT: Paul Menard was dealt a blow to his playoff chances before the race even started when his No. 21 Ford failed inspection Sunday morning and he was sent to the rear of the 37-car field.

Truex closed to the back bumper of Elliott's No. 9 Chevy heading out of the first turn of the final lap, skidding sideways, but Elliott pulled away and Truex sputtered home second, out of fuel.

Gordon, with nine career road course victories, won six straight races from 1997-2000.

Chase Elliott is the son of Hall of Famer Bill Elliott. Remember that the garage locks at the end of Stage 2. The majority of the large crowd was behind Elliott, and roared as he took the checkered flag on the final lap.

RJ Kraft's revised Fantasy Live lineup following practices and the lineup being set: 1: Denny Hamlin 2: Martin Truex Jr. Gave some serious consideration to Jimmie Johnson as well as Erik Jones but ultimately elected to stay with the Stewart-Haas Racing driver.

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

Eight times he had finished second during his Cup career. He beat AJ Allmendinger by 3.3 seconds.

Busch took charge on the restart, pulling away to a lead of almost three seconds over Truex, with Hamlin third and Chase Elliott fourth. Busch was the early race favorite and led 31 laps before giving up the lead to Elliott. Busch pitted the next time around to stay on the same strategy, but Truex stayed out to win his seventh stage of the season.

Busch has not had a tortured history at Watkins Glen. The 11-turn circuit joins Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway as the only two true road courses on the Cup schedule. "So thrilled, so emotional, so much relief, you know, working on three years hadn't won one". The Glen has had only one repeat victor - Marcos Ambrose in 2011-12 - in the past 12 years.

Sunday will be a marathon for NASCAR and the teams because inspection this week was moved to prior to the race.

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.

Truex did come close to passing Elliott on the last lap.

Lapped traffic allowed Truex to get close - it was down to one vehicle length with under three laps to go - but he never found the magic he needed as Elliott drove a flawless race.

Bill Elliott is returning to active competition.

The next race is Sunday Aug. 12 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

The triumph comes in Elliott's 99th career race.

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