Chase Briscoe wins Xfinity race at Charlotte’s Roval debut

Published On September 29, 2018 | By John Haverlin | News, Top Posts

By Dominic Aragon

CONCORD, N.C. — Chase Briscoe is now a winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Briscoe held onto the lead for the final 24 laps in the Drive for the Cure 200 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, which made its NASCAR debut on Saturday. The 23-year-old driver secured the second win of 2018 for team owner Fred Biagi.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Briscoe said. “I was holding back tears the last couple of laps. This year has not been, by my standards, anywhere near where it needs to be.

“We’ve wrecked a lot of race cars, and I think my best finish was ninth, so I was really down on myself personally.”

It was Briscoe’s 14th start of the season, as the driver is splitting a limited schedule with Roush Fenway Racing and Biagi-DenBeste Racing.

Briscoe joins Ross Chastain (Las Vegas) and Spencer Gallagher (Talladega) as first-time winners on the circuit in 2018. Justin Marks, who announced earlier this week that Charlotte would mark his final NASCAR starts, finished runner-up in the No. 42 for Chip Ganassi Racing. It was his highest finish in the Xfinity Series since his lone victory in 2016 at Mid-Ohio.

 

Austin Cindric — the polesitter and highest-finishing playoff-eligible driver — finished third, Ryan Preece fourth, and last week’s winner Christopher Bell fifth.

Of Note:

Daniel Hemric won Stage 1 and Bell won Stage 2.

All playoff drivers finished on the lead lap:
3) No. 22 Austin Cindric
5) No. 20 Christopher Bell
6) No. 2 Matt Tifft
7) No. 00 Cole Custer
9) No. 9 Tyler Reddick
10) No. 21 Daniel Hemric
11) No. 16 Ryan Reed
12) No. 4 Ross Chastain
14) No. 1 Elliott Sadler
15) No. 7 Justin Allgaier
16) No. 11 Ryan Truex
22) No. 19 Brandon Jones

Playoffs Picture

Next week’s race at Dover International Speedway will cut four drivers from championship contention.

Bell is the only driver guaranteed to advance to the Round of 8 with his win at Richmond Raceway last week.

Cindric (-9), Truex (-24), Reed (-25) and Jones (-28) are all below the cutline entering next week.

Chastain, who sits eighth in points, holds the final eligible spot.

Photo: Brian Lawdermilk / Getty Images  

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— a Long Island, New York native, is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he studied communication and journalism. He is a former Pit Notes reporter at ISM Raceway, where he covered NASCAR and INDYCAR throughout his collegiate career. Since 2016, he has covered American auto racing’s various forms, including NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, Truck, K&N, Whelen Modified, IndyCar, Mazda Road to Indy, USAC, Modified Touring Series, World of Outlaws, ARCA and ACT Tour. During his downtime, he likes to play his Les Paul guitar, hit the golf course and watch the New York Mets.

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