Chase Elliott put on a dominating performance in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen to win for the second straight season at Watkins Glen International.
Elliott led 80 of the day’s 90 laps and swept the first two stages before taking his second checkered flag of the 2019 season.
“That was freaking awesome,” said Elliott. “What a day, we had such a fast NAPA Camaro and these guys called a great race. Track position was king and didn’t mess up into 1 this time, so that was good.”
Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.
“I did all I could,” Truex Jr. said. “Chase did an excellent job, all I could do was get to about 2 car lengths and try to force a mistake. His car was fast and right in the key areas he needed to be. We were just kind of stuck there, which was unfortunate.”
Matt DiBenedetto, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch completed the first 10 finishers.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Michigan International Speedway next Sunday afternoon.
How Elliott Won: Pretty simple – he dominated. Elliott had a great car but it wasn’t quite as simple as running away to Victory Lane. He held off Truex Jr. virtually the entire final stage but was able to do so by out-driving him in spots where it mattered most to maintain the advantage and take the checkered flag.
Who Had a Good Day: Truex Jr. has finished top two in five of the last six road course races…Hamlin has finished in the top-five in the last four races….Jones scored his best career road course finish…DiBenedetto has finished in the top 10 in four of the last seven races this season.
Who Had a Bad Day: Daniel Hemric was one of several drivers to make off course excursions on Sunday but couldn’t come back from his issue and finished 37th…His Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Dillon continued his recent string of bad finishes with a 31st-place run…Bubba Wallace had an incident with Kyle Busch and severely damaged his car when retaliating adding up to a 28th-place finish…William Byron started second and finished 21st after he damaged his car in retaliation against Kyle Busch.
What Else Happened: Watkins Glen again delivered intense racing as has been the case over the last several years. Side-by-side after restarts gave way to even three and four wide bursts of passing a few moments later all around the twisting road course. Drivers appeared to have many different options for passing at a variety of spots on the track. It was an eventful day for Kyle Busch, who spun early in the race after starting third. Busch, who then made contact William Byron to send Byron through the grass in the inner loop, came from the back to near the near top 10 twice in the race.
Quotable: “If I see the 18 come back here without you knocking the @#$! out of him, we’re going to have a problem,” Chad Knaus to William Byron after Kyle Busch made contact with the No. 24 car.
Notables: Elliott’s 80 laps led is the second most ever in a race at Watkins Glen…It was Elliott’s first career win from the pole…Elliott is the only repeat winner in the last eight Watkins Glen races.