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Elliott gets victory at Watkins Glen
Monday Aug 06, 2018 12:00am

(WATKINS GLEN, NY) - Like father, like son. Mired in a confounding losing streak since the start of his NASCAR Cup career in 2016, Chase Elliott finally broke into the win column on Sunday, holding off road course ace Martin Truex Jr., at Watkins Glen. The son of Hall of Famer Bill Elloitt, who also won his first Cup race on a road course, Chase celebrated a triumph he will cherish forever. Out of fuel after the finish, he was pushed to victory lane by the banged-up No. 48 Chevy of seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, a teammate and one of his staunchest supporters, as his father raced to join the celebration after spotting. Elliott's victory came in his 99th Cup start and was the 250th win for Hendrick Motorsports, breaking a 37-race losing streak for one of NASCAR's signature teams. It also assured Elliott a spot in the playoffs, as he became only the fifth driver to win a race outside of the "Big 3" of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Truex, who have combined to win 16 of 22 races. Truex ran second to Elliott for most of the final stage and began to steadily close as both drivers tried to save enough gas to reach the end of the 90-lap race. It was a two-car breakaway, as the rest of the field was more than 11 seconds back. Kyle Busch finished third, 20 seconds behind, followed by Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin finished 13th.

Chase Elliott (photo courtesy of Sarah Cushill/Getty Images)
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