By V-Ry the Sports Guy
Watkins Glen – The 36th annual Go Bowling at the Glen NASCAR Cup Series race offered a lot of intrigue. Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace was on hand as Grand Marshal. There were a Cup Series record seven international entries, including two former Formula 1 wheelmen. Throw in a two hour weather delay and a wet track and things got all the more interesting.
Kyle Larson took the checkered flag for the second year in a row at Watkins Glen on Sunday. The win gave him a weekend sweep after winning the Xfinity Series race on Saturday. Larson took the lead in the final five laps following a restart by making contact with and pushing teammate Chase Elliott wide. Road course ace AJ Allmendinger finished second after also doing so on Saturday, while Chase Elliott finished fourth. Joey Logano and Daniel Suarez rounded out the top five finishing third and fifth respectively.
Chase Elliott led a race high 30 laps and it appeared like he was on his way to victory with under ten laps remaining. The move Kyle Larson made to take the lead was very aggressive and quite risky that late in the race and it was the first topic he addressed with the media:
“That was really my only opportunity, I’m not proud of it,’’ Larson said, “But being in the inside lane, the right lane, being the leader, choosing the left lane, it definitely wins out. But when it gets late in the race, it’s definitely risky.”
The maneuver also opened the door for AJ Allmendinger and Joey Logano to move past Elliott. The win is the 18th of Larson’s Cup Series career and his second this season. As for Elliott, he took the high road in his comments following the race:
“Congratulations to Kyle and everybody on the 5 team and at Hendrick Motorsports for getting the win.’’
Chase Elliott is first in points, while Kyle Larson, and Ross Chastain are second and third respectively. The final race before the playoffs begin is this Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. The green flag for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 from Daytona Beach flies at 7PM EST on NBC.