Logano wins third Xfinity race in four years

Chase Elliott at Watkins Glen International

Chase Elliott at Watkins Glen International

The 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion and current Hall of Famer has been signed to drive the GMS Racing No. 23 in the Xfinity Series at Road America in the Johnsonville 180.

Elliott's links to GMS go beyond his son, as the team's president Mike Beam had been hismcrew chief on and off in the 1990s and was also his team manager at Bill Elliott Racing.

Stage Two: The second stage started with #18 Kyle Busch out in front, but this very uneventful second stage, would go to #9 Chase Elliott as he got his third stage win in the last three races. Elliott had a fast auto all day - he won the race's second stage - but he also benefited when a couple of strong contenders suffered freakish mishaps during a pit stop.

"He's excited about it", Chase Elliott said.

"I just tried all I could to chase him down, and I got there with plenty of time", Truex said. He put his auto exactly where I needed mine to be.

"It's way too soon for that", Hamlin, who won at The Glen two years ago, said when asked if his effort was a step toward closing the gap with the three drivers at the top. It has not been an easy year.

"Last year we had a lug nut get stuck in the caliper". Elliott led the final 32 laps of the race, holding off a hard-charging Martin Truex Jr, who ultimately ran out of gas.

Busch led 31 of the 90 laps, second only to Elliott's 52.

Truex was shooting for his third straight road-course win, but ran out of fuel on the final lap as he was only a few auto lengths behind Elliott, who also ran out of fuel but on the cool down lap. Busch had to immediately pit again, dropping him to 31st in the field. Cassill said. "He didn't steal one from a superspeedway, he didn't just have a dominate auto on an intermediate track". "Last year we had a lug nut get stuck in the caliper, this year we had fueling problems". It never ceases to amaze me.

NASCAR changed pre-race inspections this week to Sunday morning during its second-straight two-day event and only two cars failed.

Bell, who entered Saturday on a three-race winning streak, qualified 11th for the Xfinity Zippo 200 in his first laps at Watkins Glen International and finished ninth. He remains third in driver and playoff points.

The final stage came down to a battle between Elliott and Truex. "That's key. It's impossible. when you get the auto out of the hauler to make that 20th-place vehicle a winning race auto by the end of second practice".

JOEY'S SHORT DAY: Joey Logano started on the third row and was gunning for his second Watkins Glen sweep. NASCAR returns to the Irish Hills of Michigan next weekend for the Consumer's Energy 400, at Michigan International Speedway.

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