This article is part of our NASCAR Barometer series.Chase Elliott held off intense pressure from Martin Truex Jr. to take his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series victory in his 99th series start. The pair battled heavily in the final 30 laps of the Go Bowling at the Glen race, but Elliott did enough to weather the storm and make his first appearance in Victory Lane. The win was the 250th for Hendrick Motorsports and locks Elliott into the playoffs. It comes after Elliott had come so close so many times before, and snapped a winless streak for the organization that was approaching 40 races.
This week, the series makes its second appearance at Michigan International Speedway this year. Clint Bowyer took the victory there the first time in a rain-shortened race, holding off teammate Kevin Harvick.
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