We ran out of gas on the last lap anyway, so I guess it wouldn't have mattered. "Certainly glad that we were on the front end today".
After Elliott's son Chase qualified third for this weekend's Cup race at Pocono, the Hendrick Motorsports driver was asked for his thoughts on his father's return to racing. It was a two-car breakaway as the rest of the field was more than 11 seconds back. During that pitstop, Busch had a problem, and that allowed #9 Chase Elliott to take back the lead on the restart, and Busch had to restart in 26th. But Truex's No. 78 Toyota skidded, Elliott regrouped and pulled away and Truex sputtered home, out of fuel. "I could catch him, but just trying to get close I would get loose". He put his vehicle exactly where I needed mine to be. In what was the 99th start of his Cup career. Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin finished 13th.
"It's way too soon for that", Hamlin, who won at The Glen two years ago, said when asked if his effort was a step toward closing the gap with the three drivers at the top.
"What a thrill. I don't know what to say", Elliott said. "It's a huge deal. We were getting closer, closer, closer and finally got it done". Elliott took over the lead by passing Busch on lap 27.
But Truex ran out of gas seconds later, paving the way for Elliott to cruise to the finish line unchallenged.
Midway through the segment, the Big 3 of Busch, Truex and Kevin Harvick were running in the top 10, but Elliott dominated in his No. 9 Chevy, beating Busch by 1.3 seconds. We were kind of standing around one day and offered it up, and he just wants to go have fun and race. The fuel probe malfunctioned on the ensuing pit stop and the crew only got a few gallons into the No. 18 Toyota. Cassill said. "He didn't steal one from a superspeedway, he didn't just have a dominate vehicle on an intermediate track". It never ceases to amaze me.
PLAYOFF FIGHT: Paul Menard was dealt a blow to his playoff chances before the race even started when his No. 21 Ford failed inspection Sunday morning and he was sent to the rear of the 37-car field. Stenhouse finished 16th, 12 spots ahead of Menard, and leads him by 10 points. Truex Jr picked up an important playoff point with the stage win.
Joey Logano held off a late challenge from Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday.
Logano beat AJ Allmendinger by 3.3 seconds. He won both the Xfinity and Cup races in 2015 and won the Xfinity race on Saturday.
Elliott could have added that the last three victories for the No. 9 auto have come at Watkins Glen - the previous two by road course ace Marcos Ambrose in 2011 and 2012.