Chase Briscoe Earns 1st Career Victory, Sends Brad Keselowski Racing Out With Win

Homestead, Fla – While it wasn’t the perfect ending for Brad Keselowski Racing, it was still a proper send off for the team. In August, BKR announced that they’d be leaving NASCAR upon the completion of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Despite that, they still put both drivers in the playoffs.

The organization showed no quit amid uncertain futures. Rookie Austin Cindric wound up in the Championship 4 with a shot at the season championship on Friday night at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. He’d finish fifth in his No. 19 Ford and third in the final standings. 

But, his teammate Chase Briscoe was found in victory lane sending BKR off with a victory. The perfect send off would have been Briscoe winning Cindric taking home the championship as well, but being 1-for-2 is still fitting.

Briscoe, tonight’s pole sitter, led a race-high 81 of the 134 laps in Friday’s Ford EcoBoost 200 and made the final pass for the lead on Lap 96. He’d never look back en route to his first career NASCAR victory in his No. 29 Ford.

He’d close out the season with five top five finishes over the final nine races, three of which over the final three weeks. He had 14 top 10’s this season as well.

Christopher Bell would be crowned the 2017 champion by virtue of his runner-up finish on Friday night. Bell, started 13th and drove through the field quickly to win the first stage of the race. He’d remain the top playoff contender all night from there and take home his first series championship and giving Kyle Busch Motorsports their second overall.

Bell, had 15 top five finishes this year including 21 top 10’s. He closed out the season with eight straight top 10 finishes. The Oklahoma native would earn three runner-ups and a third place finish in the seven race playoff.

On 1.5-mile tracks this season, Bell finished first, fourth, third, first, first, third, second, third and second respectively.

Last year’s Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter would bring his No. 21 Chevrolet home third for his fourth straight top three finish. Unfortunately for him, he’d come up just short.

Ryan Truex came home fourth in his No. 16 Toyota for his eighth top five of the season. The other championship four member in Matt Crafton finished sixth.

The race had just two cautions all night, both of which for stage breaks.

Ford EcoBoost 200 Results

  1. 29 Briscoe R
  2.  4 Bell
  3. 21 Sauter
  4. 16 Truex
  5. 19 Cindric R
  6. 88 Crafton
  7. 52 Friesen R
  8. 98 Enfinger R
  9. 24 Haley R
  10. 02 Peters
  11. 92 Smith
  12. 51 Snider R
  13. 33 Grala R
  14. 13 Coughlin R -1
  15.  8 Nemechek -1
  16. 45 Bell -2
  17. 44 Self -3
  18. 18 Gragson R -3
  19. 27 Rhodes -4
  20. 99 Sargeant -5
  21.  1 Anderson -6
  22. 50 Reaume -8
  23. 15 Chavous R -9
  24. 49 Lyons -9
  25.  6 Benning -15
  26. 63 Windom OUT
  27. 36 Murphy OUT
  28. 83 Currey OUT
  29. 87 Nemechek OUT
  30. 57 Senica OUT
  31.  0 Cobb OUT
  32. 10 Ciccarelli OUT

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