Chase Elliott holds off Martin Truex Jr. for second straight Watkins Glen win

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Chase Elliott fended off all advances from Martin Truex Jr. Sunday to win the Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International in dominating fashion.

Elliott successfully defended his 2018 win on the road course, which also saw Elliott go head-to-head with Truex in the closing laps.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver led 80 of 90 laps from the pole and swept every stage of the race as Truex pursued him, beginning with a restart with four laps left in the second stage.

It’s Elliott’s second win of the year following his victory at Talladega.

“That was freaking awesome,” Elliott told NBCSN. “I’ve never been so far from and felt like I was at my house. … Just stayed mistake free. Martin was a little quicker I felt like those last two runs. But track position was king, and I didn’t mess up into (Turn) 1 this time, so that was good, so just a huge thanks to everybody that makes that happen.”

With the win, Elliott ended a seven-race streak of finishing outside the top 10.

The top five was completed by Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney.

Truex has finished in the top two in five of the last six road course races.

“I tried to do all I could,” Truex told NBCSN. “Chase did an excellent job, just not making mistakes, and really all I could do was get to two car lengths, one-and-a-half at the closest in braking, and just try to force a mistake.  But he hit his marks.  His car was really fast in the key areas that you need to be, leaving a few of the key corners.

“I just couldn’t get a run on him and we just were kind of stuck there.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: Chase Elliott

STAGE 2 WINNER: Chase Elliott

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WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Matt DiBenedetto placed sixth for his fourth top 10 of the year. All have come in the last seven races … Erik Jones has finished in the top five in the last four races … Denny Hamlin has finished in the top five in the last four races.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: William Byron placed 21st after a series of events between him and Kyle Busch that ended with Byron intentionally ramming the back of Busch’s car during the Stage 1 break and damaging his own car … Bubba Wallace placed 28th after he spun and backed into a tire barrier in Turn 5 with two laps left in the second stage. He then got into a spat with Busch, resulting in him dumping Busch on the frontstretch. Busch finished 11th … Daniel Hemric finished 35th after contact with Ty Dillon caused him to spin and back into a wall in the inner loop with 38 laps to go … Jimmie Johnson placed 19th after contact with Ryan Blaney sent him into the Turn 5 tire barrier.

MORE: Bubba Wallace blasts Kyle Busch in expletive-filled tirade after wrecking him

NOTABLE: Hendrick Motorsports now has eight Watkins Glen wins, the most after breaking a tie with Joe Gibbs Racing.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “He just drove through me in the Carousel over there. I was trying to hear what he had to say but his lips were quivering so bad he can’t even speak. I guess he’s nervous or scared, maybe both, I don’t know what the hell the problem is. … He claims it was racing, I can’t wait to go racing. Everybody stay tuned.” – Jimmie Johnson to NBCSN on his wreck with Ryan Blaney.

WHAT’S NEXT: Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway at 3 p.m. ET Aug. 11 on NBCSN.

 

Bristol Truck race results, driver points

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Sam Mayer scored his first career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series win Thursday night. The 17-year-old finished ahead of GMS Racing teammate Brett Moffitt.

Mayer is the youngest driver to win a Truck race at Bristol.

Tanner Gray placed third and was followed by Parker Kligerman and Chandler Smith.

Gray’s finished tied a career high. Kligerman’s finish was his best this season.

Trevor Bayne crossed the finish line fifth but his truck was disqualified for failing post-race heights in inspection.

The next race in the playoffs is Sept. 25 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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POINTS

Brett Moffitt leads the points after the opening race in the first round of the playoffs. He leads Sheldon Creed by nine points. Zane Smith trails Moffitt by 12 points.

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17-year-old Sam Mayer wins first NASCAR Truck race

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Sam Mayer passed GMS Racing teammate Brett Moffitt with 30 laps to go and went on to score his first career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series win Thursday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The victory came in the seventh career Truck start for the 17-year-old Mayer. The win also came a few days after JR Motorsports announced that Mayer would drive for the team in the second half of the 2021 Xfinity Series, once he turns 18.

“I love this place,” Mayer told FS1 after the 200-lap race. “I don’t know what to say.”

Mayer was helped by having tires that were 52 laps fresher than Moffitt’s tires.

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Mayer is not competing in the playoffs and does not advance to the second round. He said he has two more Truck races left to run this season.

Mayer followed his Truck win by taking the checkered flag in the ARCA Menards Series race that followed Thursday night.

Moffitt, who is competing in the playoffs, finished second. He was followed by Tanner Gray and Parker Kligerman.

Trevor Bayne finished fifth but his Truck was disqualified after the race for failing inspection. His truck failed post-race heights. Chandler Smith finished fifth after Bayne’s disqualification.

Moffitt was one of only four playoff drivers to finish in the top 10. Grant Enfinger was sixth. Tyler Ankrum placed seventh. Matt Crafton was 10th.

Mayer is the second youngest winner in series history. Cole Custer is the youngest winner in series history. Custer was 16 years, 7 months, 28 days when he won in Sept. 2014 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Mayer becomes the youngest Truck winner at Bristol at 17 years, 2 months, 22 days. Ryan Blaney had held that record, winning a 2015 race there at age 21 years, 4 months, 19 days.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Brett Moffitt

STAGE 2 WINNER: Tyler Ankrum

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Tanner Gray’s third-place finish tied his career best. He finished third at Michigan earlier this season. … Parker Kligerman’s fourth-place finish is his best of the season while running a limited schedule.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Austin Hill finished 26th, worst among the playoff drivers. He had contact on Lap 2 with Stewart Friesen.

NOTABLE: Trevor Bayne said that four weeks ago he didn’t know if he would be racing again at Bristol. He crossed the finish line fifth but his truck failed inspection after the race and was disqualified.

NEXT: The second race of the opening round of the playoffs is at 9 p.m. ET Sept. 25 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Texas Motor Speedway to host polling site for election

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Residents and race fans in parts of North Texas will be able to cast their vote in the upcoming election at their local NASCAR track.

Texas Motor Speedway will be a polling site for the Nov. 3 election.

The track, owned by Speedway Motorsports, will serve as a polling site for the residents of Precinct 4048. That precinct includes a large portion of Denton County and Forth Worth, Texas.

The polling site will be in the Lone Star Tower Condominium Clubhouse just outside Turn 2. It will be open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET on election day.

More: Upcoming Cup playoffs races can fans attend

“In anticipation of a very high voter turnout for the presidential election, we have been working for months to acquire polling sites throughout the county,” Frank Phillips, Denton County Elections Administrator, said in a press release. “We are excited that Texas Motor Speedway has offered the use of the Lone Star Tower Clubhouse as a polling site.”

Local, state and CDC guidelines will be followed to ensure a sanitized, safe and socially distanced voter experience.

TMS is the first track that hosts NASCAR Cup races to announce its plans for use as a polling site. It joins sporting venues for other major sports in doing so.

A number of NBA arenas and practice facilities will be voting locations, as well as select NFL stadiums and NHL arenas.

Travis Pastrana, Conor Daly set for Las Vegas Truck Series race

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Action sports star Travis Pastrana and IndyCar driver Conor Daly are teaming up with Niece Motorsports to compete in the upcoming Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

With the backing of iRacing, who made the announcement Thursday, the duo will drive the No. 42 and No. 45 Chevrolets in the Sept. 25 race.

Pastrana and Daly’s involvement is a continuation of their rivalry in the LCQ League, a private iRacing league featuring motorsports and action sports legends having fun in cars from all disciplines.

For Pastrana, a former Roush Fenway Racing driver, it will be his fifth career Truck start and his second of the year after he competed in the July 25 race at Kansas Speedway. He finished 22nd.

“I’m really looking forward to bringing our rivalry from the LCQ League to the real world,” Pastrana said in a press release. “We’ve been getting lots of advice and iRacing on-track coaching from fellow LCQ member Parker Kligerman. I’m looking forward to seeing how the hours in iRacing pay off on the track, especially for Conor who has never driven a NASCAR truck in real life. He might be the first person in history to jump into a professional racing series and take the green flag without so much as a single practice lap in real life! Conor is a phenomenal IndyCar driver and a quick learner so I think he will surprise a lot of people.”

It will be the first Truck Series start for Daly, who has 61 IndyCar starts since 2013. Daly made his NASCAR debut in 2018 at Road America driving for Roush in the Xfinity Series.

“I could not be more excited to jump in a Gander Outdoor Series truck for the first time ever in Las Vegas!” Daly said in a press release “This will be one of the greatest challenges I’ve ever faced in my career as it will be the first event I’ve ever done where I’ve never driven a single lap in the Chevy Silverado before taking the green flag for the race. Travis and I have been going head to head on iRacing getting as much practice as possible since that’s the best possible form of preparation we have!