Chase Elliott wins at Watkins Glen

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Collecting wins - and a playoff point each - in the 20-lap first and second stages were Truex and Elliott, respectively.

The "Big 3" have won 16 of 21 races while Hamlin is winless, but he took a step toward changing his luck by winning the pole for Sunday's race at Watkins Glen International. Chase like his Hall of Fame father Bill, got his first win at a Road Course, so is it like father, like son, we will have to wait and see.

Elliott's victory came in his 99th Cup start and was the 250th victory for Hendrick Motorsports, breaking a 37-race losing streak for one of NASCAR's signature teams. I leaned on him a lot over this past offseason and I always lean on him, but certainly a lot throughout this off season just about the opportunities I've had in the past and not closing them out. He won at Sonoma, California, the only other true road course on the regular-season schedule, in late June and is the defending Watkins Glen victor. With 44 Cup victories and the 1988 Cup championship, Elliott was inducted in the 2015 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Kyle Busch finished third, followed by Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, a triumvirate of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. He took the lead for his first time on lap 27 after challenging Kyle Busch to start the second stage of the event.

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The race got off to an exciting start with an early battle for the lead between teammates Denny Hamlin and Busch. He pulled out to a half-second lead while Martin Truex Jr. was fighting to get back to the front after restarting 12th.

Hamlin is mired in ninth in the standings, almost 300 points behind Busch, and has been consistently running just outside the top 10. Almirola spun out and backed into the guardrail to bring out the first caution of the race. That forced him to pit again, dropping him out of contention after dominating the opening segment. "It never ceases to amaze me". Stenhouse finished 16th, 12 spots ahead of Menard, and leads him by 10 points.

Joey Logano started on the third row and was gunning for his second Watkins Glen sweep. Chase was able to finally capture that elusive first victory in the Cup series. He lasted less than three laps on Sunday after sliding off course and then heading to the garage with a broken radiator, his day done.

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