A NASCAR official walks through the garage area in the rain before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, July 22, 2018, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

The Latest: Elliott wins 2nd stage at New Hampshire

July 22, 2018 - 4:58 pm

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (all times local):

6 p.m.

Chase Elliott raced to his first stage victory of the season, holding the lead at New Hampshire with one more stage left.

Elliott won only the third stage of the season for slumping Chevrolet. Elliott, son of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott, is looking for his first career win. He became the first Hendrick Motorsports driver to win a stage all season. He passed Martin Truex Jr. for the lead during the stage.

Pole sitter Kurt Busch was second.

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5:15 p.m.

Martin Truex Jr. won the first stage of the Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Truex, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have 14 of this season's 19 victories. Harvick and Busch each have five, Truex has four.

Truex is winless in 24 career Cup starts at New Hampshire and posted a career-best third-place finish in the July 2007 and 2017 races. Truex would reach a career milestone with a win — he's never won Cup races in consecutive weeks. He won last week at Kentucky.

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The NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has started after a rain delay of more than three hours.

The race was already moved up an hour to 1 p.m. EDT because of the threat of storms. NASCAR had the track drying Air Titans on standby for when the rain stopped and driver introductions were on hold.

Night racing was not an option because the track does not have lights. The race would need to reach 150 laps to become official. The race is scheduled for 301 laps.

Kurt Busch starts on the pole at New Hampshire and Denny Hamlin is the defending race winner.

Martinsville and Bristol were postponed by rain this season and run on Monday.

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