Chase Elliott gave Chevrolet its second NASCAR victory at Watkins Glen in as many years Sunday, with the young American putting on a dominant display to win the 90-lap race at the 2.45-mile road course.
The race was virtually a replay of last year, when Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. went toe-to-toe in the race’s closing laps before Elliott came out on top and took his first win. This year, it was again a two horse race between Elliott and Truex, but the battle didn’t start until Stage 3, with Elliott leading 80 of 90 laps and winning Stage 1 and 2.
“This is wild,” Elliott said post-race. “Thank you, guys, that was pretty awesome. I’ve never been so far from home and thought I was at my house. Thank you. What a day!”
“We had such a bad fast Camaro, and we stayed mistake-free. Martin was a little quicker those last two runs, but track position was king, and I didn’t mess up in (Turn) 1 this time, so that was good.”
Truex tried to catch Elliott in the final laps, but the Camaro was faster out of the corners and Elliott never put a wheel wrong, making it hard for him to make up any ground.
“I tried to do all I could,” Truex told NASCAR.com. “Chase did an excellent job, just not making mistakes, and really all I could do was get to two car lengths—one-and-a-half at the closest in braking—and just try to force a mistake. But he hit his marks. His car was really fast in the key areas that you need to be, leaving a few of the key corners.”
“I just couldn’t get a run on him, and we just were kind of stuck there. Unfortunate, but our Bass Pro Camry was really, really fast today. We passed quite a few cars there that were fast and finished up front, just couldn’t pass that last one.”
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