The 2019 Go Bowling at the Glen looked a lot like the 2018 edition. It was Chase Elliott vs. Martin Truex Jr. for the win at the Watkins Glen International road course. Like last year, Elliott prevailed.
This time though, despite Elliott leading a race-high 81 of 90 laps, Truex appeared to have a faster car. Yes, a driver that led one lap compared to the race winner in leading 81 laps had a faster car.
Chase Elliott leads Martin Truex Jr. in Sunday’s Go Bowling at the Glen
But, with this new racing package with high drag and so much dirty air in wake, Truex could never close in enough to get to Elliott’s rear bumper of his No. 9 Chevrolet. He had to hope for the Hendrick Motorsports driver to make a mistake.
See, Watkins Glen has seven corners. A mistake by Elliott in just one would be enough for Truex to capitalize and pounce. He’d remain within a second, most times less than a second in Elliott’s rear. Unfortunately for Truex, Elliott drove flawlessly and led the final 21 laps en route to his second straight victory at the Glen.
Truex, had to following him across the finish line for a second straight year too.
“I tried to do all I could,” Truex said of his third straight top two finish in Watkins Glen. “Chase (Elliott), he did an excellent job just not making mistakes. All I could do was get to within two car lengths or one-and-a-half at the closest in braking. Just trying to force a mistake, but he hit his marks and his car was really fast in the key areas there where it needed to be and leaving a few of the key corners. Just couldn’t get a run on him and was just kind of stuck there. Unfortunate, but our Bass Pro Camry was really, really fast today. We passed quite a few cars and finished up front, just couldn’t pass that last one.”
Truex though, appears to be making strides again. After a bit of a rough patch, he’s scored a third straight top six finish and sixth in his last eight starts.
Also, this was Truex’s fifth top two finish in his last six road course starts as well.
“We enjoy the road courses,” said Truex. “Cole (Pearn, crew chief) and all the guys really understand what I need here. Honestly, we weren’t as good as we needed to be yesterday and made some changes after practice. Definitely in the right direction, just wish we could have been just a tiny bit better. Really was all about restarts and track position. If I could have just got by him on that last one, we could have set sail I believe. We didn’t and he won and he did a good job. Overall, it was a good weekend for us.”