Briscoe Earns First XFINITY Win On Charlotte Roval

by Stacie Shelton On Sat, Sep. 29, 2018

Photo: Brad Keppel

Chase Briscoe earned his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series win in Saturday’s Race For The Cure 200 on Charlotte’s Roval, becoming the first driver to earn the checkered flag on the new layout.  Briscoe took the checkered flag 1.478 seconds ahead of Justin Marks, who started off his final NASCAR weekend on a high note. Pole sitter Austin Cindric took home third, with Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell rounding out the top-five. Matt Tifft, Cole Custer, Kaz Grala, Tyler Reddick, and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top-10.

Although competitors were uncertain about the race on Saturday thanks to some wild practice and testing sessions, Saturday’s event proved to be tame as there were only five cautions during the race’s 55 laps, slowing the field down for 10 laps. Briscoe proved the dominant car, leading 33 of those laps after starting ninth.

Briscoe was quick to thank team co-owner Tony Stewart, a fellow Indiana native and dirt track staple, in helping his approach to taking on the Roval.

“This is unreal,” Briscoe said. “I was four seconds off in practice, and my guys stuck behind me and kept working with me. It’s just an honor and privilege to drive a race car and to do it for my hero, Tony Stewart, and get a win.”

“It’s huge to me. Everybody had to adapt to [the Roval] and figure it out, and I don’t know that I’m necessarily the best at it, but I felt like I just tried not to hit anything, and this thing hardly has a scratch on it.”

Playoff contenders Justin Allgaier and Ryan Truex had the worst luck of the playoff drivers, as both found contact with the wall or other drivers. Coming off of pit road in the second stage contact with the 22 of Cindric sent Allgaier around, where the 39 of Ryan Sieg piled into his left rear. Allgaier rebounded for a 15th-place finish, keeping himself well above the playoff bubble line.

Truex found the wall in the first turn on lap 35, collecting Brendan Gaughan, Michael Annett, Ty Majeski, Andy Lally, and Dylan Mercott. Truex would finish 16th in the final running order.

The next race on the XFINITY Series schedule will be at Dover International Speedway for the Bar Harbor 200, which will be at 3:00 PM ET on NBCSN.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race
Unofficial Race Results for the 37Th Annual Drive For The Cure 200 Presented By Blue Cross Blue Shield Of North Carolina – Saturday, September 29, 2018
Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course – Concord, NC – 2.28 Mile Paved

Pos St Car Driver Team Make
1 9 98 Chase Briscoe Ford Performance Ford
2 4 42 Justin Marks Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet
3 1 22 Austin Cindric # (P) MoneyLion Ford
4 10 18 Ryan Preece Rheem Toyota
5 13 20 Christopher Bell # (P) GameStop Fallout 76 Toyota
6 7 2 Matt Tifft (P) Nexteer Chevrolet
7 6 00 Cole Custer (P) Haas Automation Ford
8 14 61 Kaz Grala # IT Coalition Ford
9 3 9 Tyler Reddick # (P) BurgerFi Chevrolet
10 2 21 Daniel Hemric (P) South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet
11 15 16 Ryan Reed (P) Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford
12 16 4 Ross Chastain (P) teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet
13 5 36 Alex Labbe # Larue/Cyclops Gear Chevrolet
14 17 1 Elliott Sadler (P) OneMain Financial Chevrolet
15 12 7 Justin Allgaier (P) Vannoy Construction Chevrolet
16 11 11 Ryan Truex (P) LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet
17 18 3 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel/Beard Oil Distributing Chevrolet
18 19 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com/Travers Tool Chevrolet
19 25 23 Spencer Gallagher Allegiant Chevrolet
20 23 5 Michael Annett TMC Chevrolet
21 21 01 Lawson Aschenbach teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet
22 22 19 Brandon Jones (P) Juniper Toyota
23 29 35 Joey Gase Sparks Chevrolet
24 28 45 Josh Bilicki # Prevagen Toyota
25 36 0 Garrett Smithley teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet
26 30 74 Ray Black II  Isokern Chevrolet
27 34 52 David Starr Xtreme Cleaners Chevrolet
28 37 40 Chad Finchum # Smithbilt Homes Dodge
29 35 76 Spencer Boyd # Grunt Style Chevrolet
30 33 8 Dylan Murcott Chevrolet
31 40 78 Vinnie Miller # JAS Expedited Trucking Chevrolet
32 24 66 Timmy Hill Leithcars.com Toyota
33 26 15 Katherine Legge AirTec Chevrolet
34 8 60 Ty Majeski Ford Ford
35 32 55 Bayley Currey(i) Rollin Smoke Barbeque/Touched By Pros Toyota
36 27 39 Ryan Sieg Night Owl Chevrolet
37 20 90 Andy Lally Alpha Prime USA Chevrolet
38 31 13 Landon Cassill OCR Gaz Bar Dodge
39 39 93 Jeff Green RSS Racing Chevrolet
40 38 38 JJ Yeley RSS Racing Chevrolet
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