Chase Elliott earned a trip to victory lane Sunday at Watkins Glen, N.Y. for his second consecutive victory at the 2.45-mile road course. The win was the fifth of Elliotts career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series and his second this year.
“I’ve never been so far from home and felt like I was at my house, so thank you. Y’all are awesome,” Elliott said after the race. “I never would have thought a New York race would have felt like home, but you guys did that so thank you.”
Elliott dominated the 90-lap race Sunday leading all but 10 laps after starting on the pole. Though Elliott controlled the majority of the race, he was not without challengers. Martin TrueX Jr. was hot on Elliott’s heels for much of the race. Through the final 40 laps it was a two man race, as Truex Jr. tried to catch Elliott.
The battle for first was eerily similar to last year’s race, where Elliott held off Truex Jr. on the final lap to earn his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series win.
“I felt like it was really similar. Heck, I thought if I had messed up in Turn 1 like I did last year, I think he’d have got me. I think he was close enough to do it. So yeah, luckily we had a fast enough car to stay out front,” Elliott said.
Elliott executed the final lap perfectly and held off hard-charging Truex Jr. Elliot created a little seperation going through the esses, but he still had to hit his marks along the backstretch as a mistake anywhere in the final turns would have given Truex Jr. an opening.
“I tried to do all I could. Chase did an excellent job, just not making mistakes, and really all I could do was get to two car lengths, 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,” Truex Jr. said.
Elliott’s father, Bill- 1988 Winston Cup Champion and winner of 45 career races, was spotting from the bus stop Sunday. “When something happened over there, I was just trying to be the guy that gave the team information as quick as I could. But with all the technology today, these guys pick it up pretty quick. But I’ll tell you what, I’m proud of him. He did a great job today. Mr. Hendrick and all the team guys and all the guys back at the shop, they put a heck of a car together here today,” B. Elliott said.