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Chase Elliott wins first career race at Watkins Glen

After eight career runner-up finishes, Chase Elliott is finally a winner in the NASCAR Cup Series. The 22-year-old took home his first checkered flag in his 99th start at Watkins Glen International on Sunday.

Elliott and Kyle Busch had the strongest cars on the track, however Busch encountered a fuel issue early in the Final Stage, setting up a one-one-one battle with Martin Truex Jr. for the win. Despite a strong push from the defending race winner, Elliott was able to hold off Truex in the final laps.

The No. 9 driver becomes the second-youngest driver to win a race this season. Erik Jones, who is a few months younger than Elliott, became the youngest driver to win this year when he took the checkered flag at Daytona in July. It’s also the 250th win for Hendrick Motorsports and snaps a 36-race winless streak for the team.

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  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Daniel Suarez
  5. Erik Jones
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Jamie McMurray
  8. William Byron
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Kevin Harvick
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Ryan Blaney
  13. Denny Hamlin
  14. Alex Bowman
  15. AJ Allmendinger
  16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  17. Brad Keselowski
  18. Michael McDowell
  19. Ryan Newman
  20. Chris Buescher
  21. Kasey Kahne
  22. Aric Almirola
  23. Ty Dillon
  24. Parker Kligerman
  25. Bubba Wallace
  26. David Ragan
  27. Austin Dillon
  28. Paul Menard
  29. Matt Kenseth
  30. Jimmie Johnson
  31. Landon Cassill
  32. Ross Chastain
  33. Matt DiBenedetto
  34. Cole Whitt
  35. Spencer Gallagher
  36. Josh Bilicki
  37. Joey Logano