Elliott led the sector on the restart with 5 of 90 laps remaining, Larson pressuring him alongside, and because the two exited Flip 1 Larson appeared to lock up his brakes and drifted large, which compelled Elliott to take avoiding motion and allowed Larson to maneuver into the lead.
Larson then needed to maintain off a livid problem from A.J. Allmendinger to take the win by zero.882 seconds.
It’s simply the second win of the 2022 season for defending NASCAR Cup champion Larson, his different triumph coming at Fontana again in February. The win can be the 18th of Larson’s NASCAR Cup profession.
However there was no fairy-tale debut for 2007 System 1 world champion Raikkonen, because the Finn was concerned in an accident on lap 45 which dropped him out of the motion.
Because the pack went by way of the interior loop on the lap 45 restart, Austin Dillon spun off after contact with Ross Chastain and behind them Raikkonen veered off to the left to keep away from contact however smashed into the tyre barrier.
The wreck introduced an finish to the primary profession Cup begin for Raikkonen, and he was finally credited with a 37th-place end.
Fellow former F1 driver Daniil Kvyat additionally struggled at Watkins Glen, failing to make the end and labeled 36th.
The opposite excessive profile European import for the race, 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours winner and 2013 DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller, loved a greater time of it by ending on the lead lap and coming dwelling in 30th place on his NASCAR Cup debut.
Behind the struggle for victory, Joey Logano ended up third having additionally bought by Elliott late on, who nonetheless clinched the common season championship at Watkins Glen, with Daniel Suarez finishing the highest 5.
NASCAR heads to Daytona for the ultimate common season race on 27th August earlier than the playoffs start at Darlington on 4th September.
NASCAR Cup Watkins Glen – Race Outcomes