It was a striking case of déjà vu.
In a replay of Last year’s GoBowling at the Glen, Martin Truex Jr. chased pole winner Chase Elliott lap after lap around the 2.45-mile road course, using everything in his arsenal to try to deprive Elliott of his second straight victory at the track.
Nothing worked for Truex, who crossed the finish line in the wake of the winning No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, .454 seconds in arrears.
Elliott logged his second victory of the season, his second at The Glen and the fifth of his career, becoming the first Chevrolet driver to win multiple races this season.
“This is wild,” exulted Elliott, who outran Truex last year at WGI to pick up his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. “Thank you, guys, that was pretty awesome. I’ve never been so far from home and thought I was at my house. Thank you. What a day!
“We had such a bad fast Camaro, and we stayed mistake-free. Martin was a little quicker those last two runs, but track position was king, and I didn’t mess up in (Turn) 1 this time, so that was good.”
In fact, nothing went wrong for Elliott until he ran out of fuel after his celebratory post-race burnout—same as last year.
THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF THE GO FAST
There were three players who were riding shotgun with the race winner, William Clyde Elliott, Jr., better known as Chase Elliott. This trio of supporters consists of Linda B. The Cookie Mom, the new 3rd segment leader, Bobby Blue Crush, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff. Each of these players racked up the maximum points for this race, 60 points.
THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Jeremy The Coach had a very good race day from The Glen. The Coach was rooting for third place finisher, The Delivernator, Denny Hamlin and added a very nice score of 49 points to his totals.
Lonna The Quilt Angel faired fairly well when the checkered flag flew at The Glen. The Quilt Angel added a much needed 39 points to add a bigger pad between her position and The Outhouse.
Another trio consisting of Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Carlton The Doorman, and Wild Bill The Pretzel Man added a nifty 33 points to their 3rd segment bucket. The Highly Opinionated One, and The Pretzel Dude was backing Young Money, Kyle Larson. But The Doorman received his points while riding shotgun with Blazingly Bad Brad Keselowski.
Rounding out the top five scorers of the week is another trio of players that include Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, as well as David the Mudslinging Throttle Jockey. Each of these players were shoe horned into Kurt Busch’s hot rod while racing at The Glen. For their effort KuBu added 29 points to their tallies today.
This week sixteen (16) of the eighteen (18) players swapped addresses this week. The only players who remained in their previous places was Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle and Carlton The Doorman.
The single biggest mover of the week is Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff. The Sheriff rocketed up six (6) places, making a late segment run towards the top, landing in 7th place with just two races left to go.
Also ascending this week is The Sheriff’s “mini-me” Jeremy The Coach. The Coach moved up four (4) spots on the scoring pylon to rest in 14th place after Watkins Glen.
There was a sisterhood that moved three (3) positions this week. That sisterhood consists of Linda B. The Cookie Mom and Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head. The Cookie Mom stepped up her game and marched right up to the top of the totem pole to be our new weekly leader. Whereas The Extremely Unlucky Cheddar Head plummeted three places to the absolute bottom, evicted Jeremy The Coach out of The Outhouse, and has notified me that she is completely redecorating The Outhouse to her liking, and could be here for the duration of this segment!
There is a foursome consisting of Bobby Blue Crush, Snoopy Dawn, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, and Dan The Numbers Cruncher. These four players moved two (2) places at the end of the race. Blue Crush moved up two places to now sit in 3rd place. Conversely, Snoopy, The Lemonade lefty, and The Numbers Dude slipped down two (2) spots to sit in 4th, 5th, and 10th places , respectively
The remaining eight players, one half of the entire fantasy league moved up or down one position.
STRAIGHT FROM THE CRAPPER
This week we have the opportunity to celebrate one of those rare two-fers! Amber (in this case) The Extremely Unlucky Cheddar Head not only gets our weekly award for The Crappiest Pick of The Week, scoring only 14 points, but she also secures her spot in The Outhouse. Rumor has it that The Outhouse is going to redecorated with the help of The Cheddar Head!
With just two races left in this segment, it will be more difficult for some players to surge to the top in order to garner some of the Redneck money for this segment. So after today the lights getting dimmer.
Next week it is back to Michigan for its second summer race.
TIL NEXT TIME PULL YOUR BELTS TIGHT AND LET’S GO RACIN’!