WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen International (all times local):
Elliott, the defending race winner, gained a big early lead over Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron after five laps. Kyle Busch started third but spun out on the first turn of the race as he tried to dive inside Byron for second. Busch dropped to 10th, then began to slowly rally.
Hamlin, who won last week at Pocono, passed Byron for second halfway through the 20-lap segment.
Byron spun out into the grassy area in the inner loop and shot across the grass after a tap in the back from Busch and finished fifth in the segment. Byron then slammed Busch’s back end on the cooldown lap, damaging his front end.
Six drivers elected not to pit and Elliott restarted seventh in line behind leader Larson.
Busch was penalized for exiting pit road too fast and restarted 36th.