Chase Elliott has won the second stage of the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen, giving him two straight segment wins.
Elliott restarted seventh behind drivers that did not pit after the first segment and steadily worked his way up through the field.
He regained the lead on a restart with four laps left in the segment as Martin Truex Jr. began to close on his back bumper, just as he did a year ago in the final laps of this race, which he won. But the stage ended under caution after a spinout by Bubba Wallace.
Kyle Larson, who didn’t pit, led the first seven laps of the stage before pitting on lap 30, giving the lead back to Elliott.
Kyle Busch had rallied from 36th to 15th to get back into contention after a penalty on pit road when the first yellow flag flew. He and several others elected to pit for tires and fuel. Larson also chose to pit again for fuel only while Elliott stayed out on track, ahead of Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Alex Bowman.
Byron also pitted during the caution on lap 34 so his crew could work on the damaged front of the No. 24 Chevy.