Elliott goes back-to-back at The Glen

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Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, celebrates in Gatorade Victory Lane after posting his second-consecutive triumph at Watkins Glen International in the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday.

NASCAR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) took on Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY, while the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series was at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH, this past week.

Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race was a flashback to last year’s event at Watkins Glen, producing the same result of Chase Elliott driving to victory. For the second straight year, pole-sitter Elliott posted his win after holding off a hard-charging Martin Truex Jr. for most of the day’s event.

The Dawsonville, GA, native, who grabbed his first win of 2019 at Talladega Superspeedway in the GEICO 500 in April, led a dominant 80 laps of the 90-lap event, sweeping all three stages.

Elliott’s margin of victory over runner-up Truex was .454 seconds.

Denny Hamlin took home 3rd, with Erik Jones 4th, and Ryan Blaney 5th.

The rest of the top 10 included Matt DiBenedetto, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch.

Elliott, along with Truex, Hamlin, Harvick, Keselowski, Busch, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman have clinched spots in the MENCS Playoffs with wins this season.

MENCS will compete at Michigan International Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. (CDT). NBCSN will televise the event. MRN and SiriusXM will provide radio coverage.

After an intense battle for the lead between Austin Cindric and A.J. Allmendinger during the closing laps of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) event at The Glen, Cindric rose to the top to claim his first-career series win.

Allmendinger initially placed 2nd, but his machine failed post-race inspection for a rear height violation, which moved him to last place (37th).

Christopher Bell inherited 2nd place, followed by Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, and Tyler Reddick completing the top five.

With wins this season, Cindric, Bell, Reddick, Cole Custer, Chase Briscoe, and Michael Annett have secured spots in the NXS Playoffs.

NXS will be at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. (CDT). NBCSN will televise the race, while MRN and SiriusXM will provide radio coverage.

On Thursday night, Canadian Stewart Friesen went into the race at Eldora Speedway on the bubble of making the season-ending NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs. By the end of the night, Friesen walked away a first time career series Gander Outdoors Truck Series winner and clinched his spot in the playoffs. It was Friesen’s 63rd series start.

Friesen, who opted not to pit the entire event, crossed the line .728 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher Sheldon Creed.

Fairhope, AL, native and championship points leader Grant Enfinger finished 3rd, with Mike Marlar and Todd Gilliland rounding out the top five.

Friesen, Ross Chastain, Tyler Ankrum, Brett Moffitt, Austin Hill, and Johnny Sauter are locked in the series playoffs with victories this season. The regular season finale is this weekend, and only two spots remain in the playoffs, with many drivers in a must-win situation to advance.

Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be in action at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 10 at noon (CDT). Fox Sports 1 will televise the event. MRN and SiriusXM will provide radio coverage.

NASCAR action returns to Talladega Superspeedway, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, for its doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend, October 11-13. The Sugarlands Shine 250 for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will kick off the weekend on Saturday, Oct. 12. The weekend’s anchor event, the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13. For tickets, or more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223)