He returned to pit road a lap later to complete the fueling process and restarted 31st on Lap 59. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.
"Sounds familiar", Busch said of the glitch that perhaps cost him the race.
"Last year we had a lug nut get stuck in the caliper". "Last year we had a lug nut get stuck in the caliper, this year we had fueling problems". I'm not sure, you never know. "Nothing surprises me anymore".
Lapped traffic allowed Truex to get close - it was down to one vehicle length with under three laps to go - but he never found the magic he needed as Elliott drove a flawless race. But Truex's No. 78 Toyota skidded, Elliott regrouped and pulled away, and Truex sputtered home, out of fuel.
"It was a heck of a lot harder than it should have been", Busch said. I certainly gave (team owner) Joe (Gibbs) his money's worth today, maybe even a couple more races.
"We are thrilled to welcome Bill (Elliott) to the GMS Racing family".
The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was the first auto through the morning inspection process.
Suarez and Jones finished fourth and fifth, respectively, on Sunday.
Truex and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson fought to get back in the top 12 at the end of the opening round after dropping out. Suarez is fighting for a Playoff berth, now three spots out of the postseason at 18th in the series standings. Two top fives in a row for us, so we need to keep going that way, and hopefully we can contend for a win at MI (next Sunday). Truex, Busch, and Kevin Harvick, have combined to win 16 of the 21 Cup races.
Truex is seeking his third consecutive victory on a road course in NASCAR's stop Sunday in the GoBowling at The Glen.
It's a measure of Suarez's improvement that he could downplay his fourth-place result at the 2.45-mile road course.
"You feel satisfied", Elliott said. The auto was good, but not extremely good. We ran out of gas on the last lap anyway, so I guess it wouldn't have mattered.
Racing announced Saturday afternoon that the NASCAR Hall of Famer would race in the August 26 Xfinity Series race at Road America. Chase Elliott, still looking for his elusive first Cup Series victory, and defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. are the provisional Row 2 starters. His streak included three wins each at Watkins Glen and Sonoma. "It is to go have fun, and I think he will".
Chase Elliott has won the second stage of the Cup race at Watkins Glen.
The NASCAR Cup Series is racing at Watkins Glen.
Opportunities to win have been rare this season and Logano doesn't expect the Big 3 to give an inch Sunday on the high-speed road course.
Elliott's Xfinity Series career, which is largely and rightfully overshadowed by his Hall of Fame Cup Series career, which included 44 victories, 175 top five finishes, 320 top 10 finishes and 55 pole positions in 828 starts, includes 43 starts.
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