Was it worth waiting over two years to accomplish? Were all the second-place finishes worth the anxiety of getting to this very moment? Was the pressure of finally having that checkered flag wave and be the first one to see it so much, that everyone was wondering if it would happen?
Apparently, it was all worth it.
Every time Chase Elliott finished second, he knew eventually, his time would come. With every finish that saw him get so close, but fall just short, he knew his time would come.
When he got turned by Denny Hamlin at Martinsville, at that moment, he knew his time would come, because a new Chase was coming. Not one that was more aggressive, but more driven, a bigger desire, and more pressure.
As he took over his dad’s number, his time was near, but where, and when, is his time coming?
At last, it has come. There were miscues, but along with it came recovery. There was pressure, but he took it like a veteran, and focused on his task. There was one moment where he almost gave everything he worked for away, but his quick thinking prevented any opportunity of taking it away.
Watkins Glen International, on August 5, 2018, became the day that Elliott finally got to stand in victory lane with his crew, and say, “We did it.” He finally has that first win, and possibly many more to come there after.
Hopefully that’s a sign for one participant, because only one decided to choose the No. 9 this week, and it paid dividends. Here’s a look at the standings following the GoBowling at the Glen:
Sal Sigala Jr. – 821 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 10th (4) 23
Penny Whitecotton – 802 – Kevin Harvick finished 10th (6) 32
Trisha Rodisch –802 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd (5) 29
Ashley Hobbs – 798 – Kyle Busch finished 3rd (5) 26
Dustin Parks – 750 – Chase Elliott WON (1) 9
Rob Tiongson – 717 – A.J. Allmendinger finished 15th (3) 17
Billy Fellin – 687 – Brad Keselowski finished 17th (3) 22
Rob Blount – 679 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd (2) 16
Misan Akuya – 666 – Jamie McMurray finished 7th (4) 23
Next Race: As we leave the hills of New York, it’s a trip to another hillside, but one that is surrounded by a pair of Great Lakes, and also the manufacturers are looking for a win in their own back yard. Chevrolet finally has their second win of the year, but the others are wanting to “sell on Monday” just as bad.
The second trip to the Irish Hills awaits, and Michigan is certainly ready to welcome some speed, some challenges, and maybe a little strategy.
So participants, get ready, and lock in before Thursday, August 9, at 10 p.m. ET for the Consumers Energy 400.