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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. Harvick and the other two championship favorites will likely be top fantasy choices again this week with the return to oval racing, but Chevrolet is starting to make ground as Hendrick begins to figure out how to get the most out of the new body. Elliott grabbed a top-10 finish in that race, and Sunday's win on the road course could be the start of many wins to come for the young driver.
Chase Elliott – Watkins Glen was another great weekend for Elliott, but this time he closed the deal and held off Truex in an epic battle for his first career Cup series win. He was quick early in practice and qualifying, and brought that pace to