Chase Briscoe gets fifth career Xfinity win at Homestead

Chase Briscoe wins at Homestead
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Chase Briscoe delivered a clutch restart in double overtime to hold off a hard-charging Brandon Jones at the finish line and earn the victory in Sunday’s Contender Boats 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

It was a feel-good ending to a challenging weekend for Briscoe, who had to make up six laps in Saturday’s Xfinity race to score a seventh-place finish, and then had to race without his fulltime crew chief and car chief on Sunday as they served a penalty from infractions on Saturday.

Stewart-Haas Racing executive Greg Zipadelli, who led team owner Tony Stewart to a pair of NASCAR Cup Series championships, manned the pit box in their absence earning his first career Xfinity Series victory atop the pit box.

“That was a team win for sure," said Briscoe, who earned his fifth career victory and third of the season. “Yesterday we were so good and then today, I don’t know if it was the heat or what, we just weren’t very good. We were decent on the long run, but the 9 (Noah Gragson) was definitely better. Just a testament to all the guys at Stewart-Haas Racing."

It was a wild ending to a day that mostly featured a master class by the JR Motorsports driver Gragson, who led the most laps (83 on Saturday, 81 on Sunday) both days and was meters from taking the white flag in regulation – with a nearly 2-second lead on the field – when third place Austin Cindric spun out bringing out a caution.

Briscoe’s No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford beat Gragson’s Chevrolet out of the pits during the ensuing stop and was able to hold off the weekend’s most dominant driver on the first restart when another caution came out for a wreck just a couple rows behind the leader.

Chase Briscoe (98) beats Brandon Jones (19) to the finish line at Homestead
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Briscoe jumped out to the lead on the next restart too, having to get by Jones this time and hold off the Joe Gibbs Racing driver at the line by a mere .072-seconds.

Ross Chastain finished third, just in front of his Kaulig Racing teammate A.J. Allmendinger who earned the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus money. The incentive program moves to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway next week and drivers Briscoe, Jones, Chastain and Allmendinger will be eligible to win the next $100,000 bonus there.

Gragson, who dominated both races of the NASCAR Xfinity Series weekend doubleheader, finished fifth after falling back on the second restart. He was silent on his team radio on the cool-down lap, clearly disappointed and frustrated.

“I don’t know what to tell you, you worked extremely hard and I’m proud of our effort," his crew chief David Elenz told him as the field came back into the garage following the race.

Haley, Myatt Snider, Harrison Burton, Riley Herbst and Cindric rounded out the top 10. Harrison Burton has finished in the top-10 in every race this season. He becomes the first rookie in Xfinity history to start a career with 10 consecutive top 10s, breaking the mark of nine set by Carl Edwards in 2005.

Ryan Sieg won the opening stage- the second straight day he won a race stage – and Gragson won the second stage – his series leading fifth stage win of the season.

Gragson, who has top-five finishes in the last four races, and holds an 18-point edge over Briscoe in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings.

RACE RESULTS

Fin St # Driver Sponsor/Make Laps Led Pts Status
1 9 98 Chase Briscoe Ford Performance Racing School Ford 177 11 47 Running
2 8 19 Brandon Jones Menards/Fisher Toyota 177 5 50 Running
3 7 10 Ross Chastain Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet 177 11 34 Running
4 38 16 AJ Allmendinger Ellsworth Advisors Chevrolet 177 0 34 Running
5 13 9 Noah Gragson PUBG MOBILE Chevrolet 177 81 47 Running
6 3 11 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 177 0 31 Running
7 1 93 Myatt Snider Louisiana Hot Sauce Chevrolet 177 1 30 Running
8 15 20 Harrison Burton # DEX Imaging Toyota 177 0 38 Running
9 6 18 Riley Herbst # Monster Energy Toyota 177 0 28 Running
10 14 22 Austin Cindric PPG Ford 176 60 44 Running
11 12 21 Anthony Alfredo iRacing Chevrolet 176 0 28 Running
12 20 92 Josh Williams Starbrite/Star Tron Chevrolet 176 1 25 Running
13 16 8 Joe Graf Jr # Bucked Up Energy Chevrolet 176 0 24 Running
14 21 26 Colin Garrett Rosie Network/R4H Toyota 176 0 23 Running
15 18 4 Jesse Little # Series Seating/KSDT Chevrolet 176 0 22 Running
16 19 0 Jeffrey Earnhardt EcoVirux Chevrolet 176 0 21 Running
17 17 15 Colby Howard SANY America Chevrolet 176 0 20 Running
18 10 1 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 176 0 31 Running
19 28 39 Ryan Sieg CMRRoofing.com Chevrolet 175 7 28 Running
20 31 44 Tommy Joe Martins Gilreath Farms Red Angus Chevrolet 175 0 17 Running
21 30 13 Chad Finchum CrashClaimsR.us Toyota 175 0 16 Running
22 32 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT "Thank You Farmers" Chevrolet 174 0 25 Running
23 25 36 Alex Labbe Globocam/Rousseau Chevrolet 174 0 14 Running
24 27 5 Matt Mills J.F. Electric Chevrolet 174 0 13 Running
25 23 61 Timmy Hill(i) RoofClaim.com Toyota 174 0 0 Running
26 24 74 Bayley Currey(i) Mutt and Jeff Porkskins Chevrolet 173 0 0 Running
27 4 51 Jeremy Clements Fly and Form Structures Chevrolet 173 0 10 Running
28 5 7 Carson Ware Chevrolet 173 0 9 Running
29 34 78 Vinnie Miller Koolbox Chevrolet 173 0 8 Running
30 29 90 Caesar Bacarella Alpha Prime/Maxim Chevrolet 171 0 7 Running
31 11 8 Daniel Hemric Poppy Bank Chevrolet 170 0 15 Accident
32 22 99 Stefan Parsons RACINGJOBS.COM Toyota 151 0 5 Running
33 37 52 Kody Vanderwal # ADVANCED DAIRY SERVICE Chevrolet 138 0 4 Power
34 26 6 BJ McLeod KSDT CPA Chevrolet 117 0 3 Clutch
35 33 47 Kyle Weatherman Back The Blue Chevrolet 84 0 2 Fire
36 2 68 Brandon Brown bmsraceteam.com Chevrolet 49 0 1 Overheat
37 35 2 Ja Junior Avila Robert B. Our Co. Inc Chevrolet 15 0 1 Electrical
38 36 66 Stephen Leicht CrashClaimsR.us Toyota 9 0 1 Handling

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