Briscoe Earns 1st Career XFINITY Series Win In Relatively Calm Race On Charlotte ROVAL

CONCORD, NC – Chase Briscoe shocked the NASCAR XFINITY Series field on Saturday when he took his No. 98 Ford to victory lane in the Drive for the Cure 200 on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. Briscoe, doesn’t have a lot of background on road courses but here the Indiana native was victorious for the first time ever in the series on the 2.28-mile road course.

This was just Briscoe’s 14th start of the season as he is running a part-time schedule as a Ford development driver. The 23 year old is showing that he’s deserving of a full time ride in 2019 as if not for bad luck when driving the No. 60 Ford with Roush/Fenway Racing, he would have likely found victory lane by now. 

Briscoe, found the lead on strategy and it worked out to his advantage that there was limited cautions. He decided to pit before the first stage ended which handed him the lead once everyone else pit upon the completion of Stage 1. He’d lead the next nine laps before pitting for the second and final time of the day on Lap 26. Briscoe, would get the lead back after Stage 2 ended and never look back in leading the final 24 laps en route to the victory.

Justin Marks brought his No. 42 Chevrolet home runner-up for his first top five in three starts this season, all on road courses. Marks, said that this would be his final race of his NASCAR career. It was a good ending for him.

Pole sitter and Briscoe’s teammate with Brad Keselowski Racing last year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finished third in his No. 22 Ford for his fourth top five finish of the season. Cindric, led the opening 13 laps before spinning on his own with two laps left in the opening stage. That cost him three positions on track as he’d finish the stage in fourth.

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell rounded out the top five.

Daniel Hemric had a fast car all day but he made a mistake with 10 laps-to-go when he wheel hopped Turn 15 causing him to go into the infield grass. That is a stop and go penalty as he’d restart 15th. He’d only finish 10th as a result.

Luckily for Hemric, he’s the top wildcard driver in the playoffs now and 30 points to the good.

Speaking of playoffs, No. 1 seed Justin Allgaier is only +11 in seventh. He was hit by Cindric in Stage 2 and caused damage. He’d finish 15th on Saturday. That comes after being crashed by Custer last weekend in Richmond in his 32nd place result. Now, he has to be nervous heading into the first round cutoff race next Saturday at Dover.

For a race that everyone thought would be chaotic, we only had five cautions for the 55 Lap race. Two of those were for stage breaks, one for a stalled car and the other for debris.

Drive for the Cure 200 Results

  1. 98 Briscoe
  2. 42 Marks
  3. 22 Cindric R
  4. 18 Preece
  5. 20 Bell R
  6.  2 Tifft
  7. 00 Custer
  8. 61 Grala R
  9.  9 Reddick R
  10. 21 Hemric
  11. 16 Reed
  12.  4 Chastain
  13. 36 Labbe R
  14.  1 Sadler
  15.  7 Allgaier
  16. 11 Truex
  17.  3 Gaughan
  18. 51 Clements
  19. 23 Gallagher
  20.  5 Annett
  21. 01 Aschenbach
  22. 19 Jones
  23. 35 Gase
  24. 45 Bilicki R
  25.  0 Smithley
  26. 74 Black Jr.
  27. 52 Starr
  28. 40 Finchum R
  29. 76 Boyd R
  30.  8 Murcott
  31. 78 Miller R -3
  32. 66 Hill -5
  33. 15 Legge -5
  34. 60 Majeski -6
  35. 55 Currey OUT
  36. 39 Sieg OUT
  37. 90 Lally OUT
  38. 13 Cassill OUT
  39. 93 Green OUT
  40. 38 Yeley OUT

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