Event: Alsco 300 (Round 6 of 33)
Date: May 25, 2020
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Layout: 1.5-mile oval
- The Alsco 300 is the sixth event of the 33-race NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule. It will mark the second event for the Xfinity Series since racing returned May 21 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway after a 10-week hiatus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Briscoe beat one of the best drivers in NASCAR to score his fourth career Xfinity Series victory and his second of the season last Thursday at Darlington. The driver of the No. 98 HighPoint.com/Ford Performance Racing School Mustang started 11th for the 200-lap race around the 1.366-mile oval and ran consistently among the top-10 through the race’s first 90 laps. A quick pit stop on lap 91 for four tires and field allowed Briscoe to restart in second place on lap 96. The 25-year-old driver from Mitchell, Indiana, promptly took the lead, pacing the field for the next 34 laps. A caution on lap 133 allowed Briscoe to pit one final time for fresh tires and fuel, and another lightning-fast stop put Briscoe in the lead for the lap-138 restart. This set up a battle between Briscoe and Kyle Busch, the winningest driver in Xfinity Series history with 96 career victories. But Briscoe would not be denied, crossing the finish line first in a fender-scraping, tire-rubbing duel where the margin of victory was just .086 of a second.
- Briscoe comes into Charlotte as the championship leader following his win at Darlington. Briscoe has three top-five and four top-10 finishes this season, punctuated by victories Feb. 23 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and last Thursday at Darlington.
- Briscoe won the 2019 rookie-of-the-year title in the Xfinity Series and is racing for a championship in 2020. He already has one title to his name – the 2016 ARCA Racing Series championship. Briscoe finished fifth in the Xfinity Series championship standings last year, narrowly missing out on advancing to the Championship 4 and competing for the series title.
- Briscoe has two Xfinity Series starts on the Charlotte oval with a best finish of 11th in the 2018 Alsco 300. Though the HighPoint.com/Ford Performance driver is still looking for his first oval win at Charlotte, he is no stranger to the track’s victory lane. Briscoe scored his first career Xfinity Series victory on the Roval in October 2018.
- In addition to his Xfinity Series experience at Charlotte, Briscoe also made one NASCAR Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile oval. In 2017, Briscoe started second and finished 11th in the N.C. Education Lottery 200.
Chase Briscoe, Driver of the No. 98 HighPoint.com/Ford Performance Racing School Ford Mustang
Last Thursday at Darlington, you battled with Kyle Busch – one of the best drivers in NASCAR – and came out with a win that will be talked about for a long time. It was a very uplifting accomplishment for you and your family. Have you had a chance to appreciate its significance?
“Beating Kyle Busch in any type of a race is a big deal. You know it’s not going to be easy. He’s going to make you work for it and it takes everything you’ve got. When you see him in your mirror, you know what’s coming. Hopefully, that win will be a stepping-stone moment in my career.”
Before the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, you set a personal goal of eight to 10 wins for the year. You have now won two of the first five races this season. Could we see number three at Charlotte?
“I hope so! Last year at Charlotte, we were probably the second best car to Tyler Reddick. It didn’t show in the ultimate result, but hopefully we can improve a little bit and be the best car this year. Just like with Darlington, the conditions are a little bit different than what we’re used to since we’ll be racing at night and again, having no practice or qualifying, but we’ve shown we can adapt. I know what the 98 team is capable of and it would be pretty cool to go to victory lane back-to-back with the HighPoint.com/Ford Performance Racing School Mustang.”