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09 August 2018, 07:56 | Pamela Mathis
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It was Hamlin's 27th career pole in Cup.
Elliott led Truex by 1.1 seconds with 19 laps left, Jones was third over 10 seconds behind and Busch 18 seconds back in eighth in what turned into a two-car struggle. "I love coming to these road courses".
Chase like his Hall of Fame father Bill, got his first win at a Road Course, so is it like father, like son, we will have to wait and see. When Truex bobbled in the chicane on the final lap, Elliott was home free. His streak included three wins each at Watkins Glen and Sonoma.
Truex won at Watkins Glen last summer and in California in June. "That's key. It's impossible. when you get the auto out of the hauler to make that 20th-place vehicle a winning race auto by the end of second practice".
Sunday will be a marathon for NASCAR and the teams because inspection this week was moved to prior to the race.
Denny Hamlin's No. 11 will start from the pole Sunday for NASCAR's Cup road race at Watkins Glen International.
Logano became the youngest victor in Xfinity Series history by winning his first major NASCAR series race in 2008 in only his third start.
The cars of Paul Menard, who qualified 14th, and Kurt Busch, who qualified 21st, were the only ones to fail inspection. That gave Elliott the lead, which he held until the end.
A hard-charging Martin Truex Jr. came up a little short, finishing second to first-time victor Chase Elliott in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series road race at Watkins Glen International. Elliott hasn't made a NASCAR national series start since the 2012 Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
UP NEXT: Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 12.
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