With his famous father, Hall of Famer Bill Elliott spotting from above, Chase maintained his slim advantage as Truex tried to find a way by.
When Chase Elliott ran out of fuel on his victory lap on Sunday at Watkins Glen, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson helped push him back to the finish line to celebrate with his team. Elliott led the final 32 laps of the race, holding off a hard-charging Martin Truex Jr, who ultimately ran out of gas. On race day, the big three were looking like the best of the field once again, but the #9 Sun Energy1 vehicle of Chase Elliott was a man on a mission.
Bill Elliott is returning to NASCAR.
Chase's win is team owner Rick Hendrick's 250th overall win and first of the 2018 season.
Finishing third was Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing. Bell became the first series driver since Dale Earnhardt Jr.in 1999 to win three straight with a victory last week at Iowa. Jeff Gordon hold the record with six in a row (1997-2000).
Stage Two: The second stage started with #18 Kyle Busch out in front, but this very uneventful second stage, would go to #9 Chase Elliott as he got his third stage win in the last three races.
On a stop on lap 54, leader Kyle Busch's gasman had a problem with a can, preventing him from filling the vehicle.
Hamlin is mired in ninth in the standings, almost 300 points behind Busch, and has been consistently running just outside the top 10. Hamlin was third, Erik Jones fourth and Truex fifth. "Jimmie has been one of my heroes for a long, long time". Joey Logano then went off track in the inner loop and wound up driving through the gravel pit.
Busch took charge on the restart, pulling away to a lead of almost three seconds over Truex, with Hamlin third and Chase Elliott fourth. But Truex's No. 78 Toyota skidded, Elliott regrouped and pulled away, and Truex sputtered home, out of fuel. He won both the Xfinity and Cup races in 2015 and won the Xfinity race on Saturday.
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. He won at Sonoma, California, the only other true road course on the regular-season schedule, in late June and is the defending Watkins Glen victor.