Chase Briscoe Narrowly Beats Grant Enfinger, Wins Eldora Dirt Derby 150

ROSSBURG, OH – The sixth annual Eldora Dirt Derby 150 didn’t disappoint on Wednesday night. This race, saw a lot of passing through the field but not much for the lead.

Until the end.

A caution flag flew with 21 laps-to-go in regulation when Tyler Dippel and Austin Wayne Self got into one another in Turn 2. That changed the whole complexion of the race. The yellow negated Logan Seavey’s 4+ second lead as the USAC Midget driver who was making his first career NASCAR start as well as his first ever Eldora start was 15 laps away from his first career win in either. On the restart with 15 laps left, we saw four wide for the top spot before another caution flag flew for a three car pileup behind.

We’d see another restart with five laps left in regulation and that’s the one that saw Chase Briscoe pass Seavey for the lead. Unfortunately, another yellow would come out taking us to overtime robbing us at what we thought at the time of a thrilling finish.

On the ensuing restart, the final one of the night at that, Grant Enfinger pulled side-by-side with Briscoe for the win. They’d come inches apart in taking the white flag and would remain that way throughout the entire final lap around the .5-mile dirt track. They cross the stripe that way too.

Brisoce, narrowly beat his ThorSport teammate to the finish line and earned his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.

Brisoce, edged Enfinger by just 0.038-seconds in taking his No. 27 Ford to victory lane. It was the second straight win for the team as Ben Rhodes won last weekend in Kentucky. Speaking of Rhodes, he started on the pole for tonight’s race and led 41 of the first 42 laps before getting into the wall and ruining his shot of winning. He’d finish 29th as a result.

It was also Briscoe’s second consecutive win though too as he won the season finale at Homestead last year. He didn’t have a full time ride for 2018 and has made some select starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. But, ThorSport brought him onboard for his Truck Series debut in 2018 and led a race high 54 of 153 laps en route to the thrilling victory.

Enfinger, came home second in his No. 98 Ford for his third straight top 10 finish. Dirt racer Stewart Friesen finished third in his No. 52 Chevrolet for his second top three finish in as many tries at Eldora.

Friesen, started on the pole last year and led a race high 93 laps in a runner-up effort in 2017. This year, he returned to the series on a full time basis and with his success this year mixed with his dirt racing pedigree, it made sense that he was a favorite. He nearly won but had to settle for his second straight top three finish on the season too.

Defending Eldora winner Matt Crafton finished fourth in his No. 88 Ford while Brett Moffitt rounded out the top five.

The series is back to action on a weekend next week as they’ll visit the Pocono Raceway on July 28 for the Gander Outdoors 150 (1 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Eldora Dirt Derby 150 Results

  1. 27 Briscoe
  2. 98 Enfinger
  3. 52 Friesen
  4. 88 Crafton
  5. 16 Moffitt
  6. 18 Gragson
  7.  8 Nemechek
  8. 51 Seavey
  9. 24 Haley
  10. 83 Hoffman
  11. 12 Dillon
  12. 38 McLaughlin
  13. 17 Dippel
  14. 54 Windom
  15. 99 Creed
  16. 21 Sauter
  17. 34 Abbey
  18. 22 Self
  19. 20 Thorson
  20. 13 Snider R
  21. 02 Hill
  22.  4 Gilliland R
  23. 49 Chavous R
  24. 15 Heffner -1
  25. 45 Fontaine -1
  26. 80 Shipley -2
  27. 25 Sargeant R -2
  28.  2 Coughlin -2
  29. 41 Rhodes -2
  30.  3 Newman -3
  31. 63 Strickler -7
  32.  6 Benning -8

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