Elliott holds off Truex at Watkins Glen


The 22-year-old Elliott from Dawsonville, Georgia inherited the lead on lap 56 when race leader Kyle Busch was forced to come back down pit road for more fuel.

NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott, who has not competed in a NASCAR national series event in more than six years, will drive for GMS Racing in the Xfinity Series race August 25 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Truex was bidding to become the first Cup driver to win three straight road races since Tony Stewart accomplished the feat just over a decade ago (2004-05).

On a stop on lap 54, leader Kyle Busch's gasman had a problem with a can, preventing him from filling the vehicle.

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Elliott is set to drive the #23 GMS Racing Chevrolet, the auto that has been shared by a number of other drivers, including his son Chase, since the suspension of the former full-time driver of the vehicle, Spencer Gallagher, following the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway in late April, in the Johnsonville 180. 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. He beat AJ Allmendinger by 3.3 seconds.

Hamlin, Elliott and Erik Jones pitted on lap 17 as teams revealed their strategies while Busch, who dominated the segment, and Truex stayed on track. Busch was the early race favorite and led 31 laps before giving up the lead to Elliott. All three of Truex's road course victories were won with strategy, including last year at The Glen and this year at Sonoma in California's wine country. Chase was able to finally capture that elusive first victory in the Cup series.

Denny Hamlin started the race from the pole of the 220.5-mile event but lost the lead on Lap 2 when he was passed by teammate Busch in the sweeping Carousel turn. In what was the 99th start of his Cup career.

Hamlin traversed the 2.45-mile layout at 125.534 miles per hour on Saturday to take the top spot in the No. 11 Toyota, just ahead of Busch.

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Truex and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson fought to get back in the top 12 at the end of the opening round after dropping out.

Elliott will be making his first Xfinity Series start at Road America.

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.

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