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When Chase Elliott ran out of fuel on his victory lap on Sunday at Watkins Glen, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson helped push him back to the finish line to celebrate with his team.

Chase Elliott, who topped the first round of qualifying, will start third, followed by Truex and Kyle Larson.

Truex held off Matt Kenseth on the final lap after Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney were forced to pit for gas as the race wound toward the checkered flag. On race day, the big three were looking like the best of the field once again, but the #9 Sun Energy1 auto of Chase Elliott was a man on a mission.

Truex closed to the back bumper of Elliott's No. 9 Chevy heading out of the first turn of the final lap, skidding sideways, but Elliott pulled away and Truex sputtered home second, out of fuel.

COME ONE, COME ALL: Watkins Glen International announced that reserved grandstand tickets for the race sold out for the fourth consecutive year. Bell became the first series driver since Dale Earnhardt Jr.in 1999 to win three straight with a victory last week at Iowa. Jeff Gordon hold the record with six in a row (1997-2000).

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.

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Elliott won the race's second stage and brought the crowd to its feet with a pass of Busch. 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. "Jimmie (Johnson) has been one of my heroes for a long, long time". "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".

Eight times he had finished second during his Cup career. Almirola pitted along with AJ Allmendinger, who suffered front-end damage after contact with Logano.

Elliott led Truex by 1.1 seconds with 19 laps left, Jones was third over 10 seconds behind and Busch 18 seconds back in eighth in what turned into a two-car struggle.

Truex did come close to passing Elliott on the last lap. With 44 Cup victories and the 1988 Cup championship, Elliott was inducted in the 2015 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "I love coming to these road courses".

Truex was steady all day during the 90-lap race on the 2.45-mile, 7-turn circuit.

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