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WATKINS GLEN

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WATKINS GLEN

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THREE THINGS WE LEARNED

Chase Elliott, left, and his father, Bill Elliott, celebrate in Victory Lane after Chase got his first NASCAR Cup Series win at Watkins Glen. [AP/JULIE JACOBSON]

1. Chase this

So much to unpack here. Chase Elliott won his first Cup Series race on his 99th attempt, snapping a 37-race losing streak for Hendrick Motorsports, which celebrated its 250th Cup win as a race team. It was Chevy’s second win of the 2018 season and got Elliott into the playoffs.

2. Chase that

Elliott followed almost exactly in his father’s footsteps. Bill Elliott had eight second-place finishes before notching his first Cup Series victory on a road course (Riverside) 35 years ago. Chase did the exact same thing, only a bit quicker. It took Bill triumph.

3. Here’s a Chaser

Since Watkins Glen is a long road course, Bill Elliott was one of Chase’s spotters Sunday. “I don’t know Elliott said. “I was standing over there and kind of letting the laps run down and I was thinking, ‘You know, what’s going to go wrong now?’ ”

— Godwin Kelly, godwin.