Elliott holds off Truex at Watkins Glen


GMS has been using several drivers in its No. 23 vehicle since Spencer Gallagher's suspension in May for failing a NASCAR drug test. Gallagher was reinstated last month, but the team has been using a variety of drivers, including Elliott's son, Chase Elliott, in the auto.

He lasted less than three laps on Sunday after sliding off course and then heading to the garage with a broken radiator, his day done. Elliott had a fast vehicle all day - he won the race's second stage - but he also benefited when a couple of strong contenders suffered freaky mishaps during a pit stop.

Busch pointed to Joey Logano as an example.

Racing announced Saturday on Twitter after the Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen that the 62-year-old Elliott will drive the No. 23 Chevrolet at Road America in Wisconsin on August 25.

JOEY'S SHORT DAY: Joey Logano started on the third row and was gunning for his second Watkins Glen sweep. Justin Allgaier was third, followed by Justin Haley and Aric Almirola. During that pitstop, Busch had a problem, and that allowed #9 Chase Elliott to take back the lead on the restart, and Busch had to restart in 26th. "I love coming to these road courses".

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The 1988 Cup champion and two-time Daytona 500 victor will drive the GMS Racing Chevrolet Camaro, for the team his son Chase has made several appearances for this year after regular driver Spencer Gallagher was hit with a drug ban. He won at Sonoma, California, the only other true road course on the regular-season schedule, in late June and is the defending Watkins Glen victor. Bill, who won 44 races in his career, was on the spotters stand for Chase.

Like Sonoma, Watkins Glen can be unpredictable. The times of Paul Menard, who qualified 14th, and Kurt Busch, who qualified 21st, were disallowed.

UP NEXT: Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 12.

The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was the first auto through the morning inspection process.

Not so fast, says Cup points leader Kyle Busch, who said he would keep Bell right where he is for the time being if he were the owner of the team.

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Chase Elliott will start third in the No. 9 Chevy, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson. Rookie driver William Byron got his third top 10 finish of the season and it was also his second in the last two races. Their times were disallowed and both Fords were sent to the rear of the 37-car field.

Elliott hasn't competed in any of NASCAR's national series since he drove in the July Cup race at Daytona in 2012.

Harvick, tied with Busch for the series lead with six wins, also failed to advance and will start 16th.

Sunday will be a marathon for NASCAR and the teams because inspection this week was moved to prior to the race.

Chase Elliott (9) makes his way through the esses during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

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