Truex chasing title as current king of the road

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Collecting wins - and a playoff point each - in the 20-lap first and second stages were Truex and Elliott, respectively. After challenging several times on the opening lap, Busch made the pass on the second lap after banging fenders with Hamlin in the chicane. #18 Kyle Busch regained the lead to open the final stage of the race, but wouldn't keep it long as he hit the pitlane for his final pit stop of the race during the caution that was brought out by #32 Matt DiBenedetto.

Midway through the segment, the Big 3 of Busch, Truex and Kevin Harvick were running in the top 10, but Elliott dominated and beat Busch by 1.3 seconds. Truex closed within in a couple vehicle lengths of Elliott with 10 laps to go, but faded back in the final circuits.

The most recent NASCAR Xfinity Series race in which the and two-time Daytona 500 champion has driven is the 2005 Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Busch was the early race favorite and led 31 laps before giving up the lead to Elliott. The majority of the large crowd was behind Elliott, and roared as he took the checkered flag on the final lap.

Moments later, Joey Logano slid off course on lap two and dropped to the rear of the field, then headed to the garage with a broken radiator, his day done. Justin Allgaier was third, followed by Justin Haley and Aric Almirola.

Truex is seeking his third consecutive victory on a road course in NASCAR's stop Sunday in the GoBowling at The Glen. I won my first Cup race at a road course in Riverside.

Elliott led 52 out of 90 laps after starting the race in third.

Like Sonoma, Watkins Glen can be unpredictable. "So thrilled, so emotional, so much relief, you know, working on three years hadn't won one".

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Sunday will be a marathon for NASCAR and the teams because inspection this week was moved to prior to the race. The times of Paul Menard, who qualified 14th, and Kurt Busch, who qualified 21st, were disallowed. In what was the 99th start of his Cup career.

The sophomore class at Joe Gibbs Racing is coming of age.

Denny Hamlin won the pole Saturday afternoon, covering the 2.45-mile layout at 125.534 miles per hour to take the top spot, ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch.

The trio was as dominant as always last week at Pocono when Busch and Harvick had to start at the back of the field after their cars failed postqualifying inspection.

AJ Allmendinger drove the No. 23 to a second-place finish Saturday in the Xfinity race at The Glen. That marked the second straight event in which the two second-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have scored top-five results. His lone Xfinity Series victory came in the 1993 Fay's 150 at Watkins Glen International.

Chase Elliott (9) makes his way through the esses during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Watkins Glen, N.Y.