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Chase Elliott became the fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series driver to win back-to-back races at Watkins Glen International with a near perfect run this weekend. The Hendrick Motorsports driver qualified on pole for the Sunday event and then went on to dominate the afternoon. His 81 laps led was the second most in any Cup series race at the track, which underscores the muscle he flexed on the field. The win was his second of the season with just four races remaining until the playoffs begin.
This week, the series heads to Michigan International Raceway where Joey Logano led 163 of 203 total laps. Penske Racing doesn't seem to have the edge they did when that race went Logano's way, but the return to one of the faster and wider oval circuits on the schedule will show fantasy owners who they need to be looking out for in the final races as every team scrambles to make their way into the top 16 to preserve their chances to win a championship.
Chase Elliott – Elliott started Sunday afternoon's race at Watkins Glen where he ended last season's edition – out front. He drove a mistake-free opening segment and claimed the opening stage win and then backed it up by winning the second under caution. To put the icing on the cake, he ran a nearly flawless final fuel run, holding off Martin Truex Jr., to lead the second most laps in any Cup race at the circuit