The 22 years' old American professional stock car driver Chase Elliott claimed his first ever NASCAR Cup at Watkins Glen International in New York this Sunday, August 5, 2018.
The win is Elliott's first ever win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as he has been placed in the top ten for 49 times and as a runner-up for eight times.
In the competition, Chase and his competitor Kyle Busch had the strongest cars on the track. However, Bush had a fuel issue in the final stage of the game, making it a one-on-one battle between Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott.
The former champion of the series, Truex had been pushing Elliott but, the number 9 driver stayed at the top of his game and went on to win the series.
Truex and Elliott had been battling it out until the end but, he made a mistake of coming down to the white flag just to run out of fuel later on. This, in turn, allowed Elliott to drive on for his first ever career win.
Following his win over the previous winner of the series, Watkins Glen International and NASCAR's Twitter pages were filled with the name, Chase Elliott.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 6, 2018
The NBC NASCAR page also posted a handful of tweets regarding the new winner.
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 5, 2018
After the win, Chase has become the second youngest driver to win a race this season with the first being the younger race car driver Erik Jones. He became the youngest driver to win this season after he captured the checkered flag at the Daytona Race this July.
The win has secured Elliott a spot in the NASCAR Playoffs for a third straight season. The previous week had been a busy time for Elliott and his family as his father Bill Elliott, the NASCAR Hall of Famer, announced on Saturday, August 4, that he would return to the Xfinity Series for a race at Road America later this season.
Coincidentally, Chase and his father, Elliott both had the same number of runner-ups that is, eight before their first ever career wins. Likewise, both of them earned their first trip to Victory Lane on road courses.
During the first stage, Martin Truex Jr. dominated the show with 10 points with an added playoff point. In the second stage, Chase Elliott moved on to the first with 10 points and a playoff point just before Kyle Bush.
There's the move... Chase Elliott takes the lead from Kyle Busch at Watkins Glen pic.twitter.com/yyGAPmHjMm
— Matthew Mayer (@MatthewMayerCBS) August 5, 2018
And as we all know, Chase kept on keeping his cool and went on to win the game and his first ever NASCAR cup.