Truex climbed to fourth, dropping Johnson to 13th and out of the running for the 10-minute second round. On race day, the big three were looking like the best of the field once again, but the #9 Sun Energy1 auto of Chase Elliott was a man on a mission. But on the final lap, he lost control briefly, allowing Truex to close in on his bumper.
It was Elliott's first career win in his 99th Cup start and 250th for Hendrick Motorsports.
Truex was bidding to become the first Cup driver to win three straight road races since Tony Stewart accomplished the feat just over a decade ago (2004-05).
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The 22-year-old Elliott from Dawsonville, Georgia inherited the lead on lap 56 when race leader Kyle Busch was forced to come back down pit road for more fuel. Elliott held the top spot through end of Stage 2.
Elliott led Truex by 1.1 seconds with 19 laps left, Jones was third over 10 seconds behind and Busch 18 seconds back in eighth in what turned into a two-car struggle. Elliott pulled out to a half-second lead while Truex was fighting to get back to the front after a restart mired him in 12th. The top 10 in Stage one were #78 Martin Truex Jr, #48 Jimmie Johnson, #24 William Byron, #34 Michael McDowell, #2 Brad Keselowski, #31 Ryan Newman, #88 Alex Bowman, #37 Chris Buescher, #21 Paul Menard, #6 Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 10 in stage one.
Denny Hamlin has been on the outside looking in as Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and defending Cup series champion Martin Truex Jr. have dominated the season. After challenging several times on the opening lap, Busch made the pass on the second lap after banging fenders with Hamlin in the chicane. Joey Logano then went off track in the inner loop and wound up driving through the gravel pit. Justin Allgaier was third, followed by Justin Haley and Aric Almirola. Almirola pitted along with AJ Allmendinger, who suffered front-end damage after contact with Logano. Busch was the early race favorite and led 31 laps before giving up the lead to Elliott. When Truex bobbled in the chicane on the final lap, Elliott was home free. Busch pitted the next time around to stay on the same strategy, but Truex stayed out to win his seventh stage of the season. He won both the Xfinity and Cup races in 2015 and won the Xfinity race on Saturday. "I'm so thrilled, so emotional, so much relief, working on three years and I hadn't won one".