Chase Briscoe Wins at Iowa Speedway

Chase Briscoe wins at Iowa
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Chase Briscoe's been chasing wins all season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

They proved bitterly elusive — until Saturday's U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.

The driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford shrugged off frustration and instead churned up smoke with a jubilant, long-awaited series of burnouts that preceded his first trip to Victory Lane this season.

Briscoe's sweeping slide job past longtime race leader Christopher Bell — who paced the field for a dominant 235 laps — ensured that the physical, caution-marred race would end in a raucous celebration, not head-shaking and second-guessing.

And maybe a run toward the top of the standings, which has been dominated by points leader Tyler Reddick, Bell and Cole Custer — the so-called "Big Three."

"It's nice, for sure, to kind of silence everybody," said Briscoe, who ended Bell's two-race win streak at Iowa while notching his first win on the racy 7/8-mile track. "We definitely are still not near where we need to be, but I feel like we've been way closer, these last couple weeks especially. So we've still got to get better if we're gonna beat the "Big Three," but I feel like we're slowly getting into that conversation of being that fourth guy."

For most of Saturday's race, Bell appeared headed for another breezy victory at Iowa, but worn-out tires doomed him down the stretch as Briscoe's grip and gumption took over.

"He did a good job and did everything he needed to win the race," a dejected Bell told MRN Radio.

Bell cruised to wins in the first two 60-lap stages and now has led more laps at Iowa than any other series driver (668) despite only having five starts at the track.

"I felt like we were a second-place car all day," said Briscoe, who stayed out when Bell pitted with 100 laps to go, allowing him to pit later and run on fresher tires down the stretch. "The 20 was the class of the field."

Chase Briscoe leads the pack at Iowa
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Briscoe — who started alongside Bell on the front row —overcame an early pit road penalty to earn his first win at Iowa and snare his third straight top-six effort after a 35th-place finish at Daytona.

"It was a lot of fun," said Briscoe, who notched his second career series win and remains seventh in the point standings. "We were definitely racing real hard. That was beating and banging — and that's about as good as it gets."

John Hunter Nemechek finished third and led six laps while battling in the top five most of the day.

"To finish third and say you're disappointed is pretty good I guess," Nemechek said. "We needed this run after the last few weeks we've had."

Briscoe's banner day contrasted sharply with one of the Big Three's series of misfortunes.

Custer ran in the top five most of the day until a penalty for speeding on pit road dropped him to the rear of the field.

He then hit the wall on lap 160, prompting a trip to the garage that ended his day. He finished 29th and remains third in points, behind Bell and Reddick, who finished fifth Saturday.

"I was mad at myself for getting a speeding penalty and putting us back there," Custer told MRN after being evaluated at the infield care center. "Frustrating."

Saturday proved anything but for Briscoe, who had battled Bell at Iowa many times — but mainly online, not on the track.

"We've been racing online against each other for probably 10 years," Briscoe said. "We used to run Iowa all the time in the Xfinity car and have battles like that, so it was fun to do it for real this time."

RACE RESULTS

Finish Start # Driver Sponsor/Make Laps Led Points Status
1 2 98 Chase Briscoe # Ford Performance Ford 250 7 57 Running
2 1 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 250 234 55 Running
3 14 23 John Hunter Nemechek Chevy Accessories Chevrolet 250 6 42 Running
4 13 9 Noah Gragson # Switch Chevrolet 250 0 33 Running
5 11 2 Tyler Reddick American Ethanol Chevrolet 250 0 45 Running
6 5 7 Justin Allgaier US Cellular Chevrolet 250 0 38 Running
7 7 28 Shane Lee Circuit City Toyota 250 0 30 Running
8 15 11 Justin Haley # LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 250 0 39 Running
9 12 8 Zane Smith PatientPop Chevrolet 250 2 30 Running
10 9 1 Michael Annett TMC Transportation Chevrolet 250 0 33 Running
11 24 7 Ray Black II ISOKERN Fireplaces & Chimneys/Scuba Life 250 0 26 Running
12 10 39 Ryan Sieg C2 Freight Chevrolet 250 0 28 Running
13 4 18 Riley Herbst(i) Monster Energy Toyota 250 0 0 Running
14 19 8 Gray Gaulding Walk-Ons.com Chevrolet 250 0 23 Running
15 29 36 Josh Williams Starbrite Star Tron/Simcraft Chevrolet 250 0 22 Running
16 25 4 Stephen Leicht teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 249 0 21 Running
17 23 15 Ryan Vargas Cranio Care Bears Chevrolet 249 0 20 Running
18 30 5 Matt Mills J.F. Electric Chevrolet 249 0 19 Running
19 26 35 Joey Gase Iowa Donor Network Toyota 248 0 18 Running
20 33 78 Vinnie Miller Pit Viper Chevrolet 246 0 17 Running
21 28 99 Stefan Parsons Riessen Construction Toyota 246 0 16 Running
22 35 0 Garrett Smithley teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 245 0 15 Running
23 36 66 Stan Mullis LasVegas.net Toyota 243 0 14 Running
24 27 93 Camden Murphy(i) RSS Racing Chevrolet 239 0 0 Running
25 38 1 Ryan Repko The McLain Group Chevrolet 237 0 12 Running
26 17 90 Dillon Bassett Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet 222 0 11 Accident
27 20 86 Brandon Brown # Vero True Special Chevrolet 217 0 10 Engine
28 21 68 Will Rodgers American Liver Foundation Chevrolet 211 0 9 Running
29 6 0 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 160 0 24 Accident
30 16 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 160 1 7 Accident
31 32 52 David Starr Chevrolet 150 0 6 Accident
32 22 42 Chad Finchum DEEI Toyota 113 0 5 Accident
33 3 19 Brandon Jones Menards/Atlas Toyota 105 0 11 Suspension
34 37 74 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 87 0 3 Clutch
35 31 13 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Toyota 80 0 2 Suspension
36 34 89 Morgan Shepherd Visone RV Chevrolet 73 0 1 Brakes
37 8 22 Austin Cindric MoneyLion Ford 43 0 1 Accident
38 18 38 JJ Yeley(i) RSS Racing Chevrolet 5 0 0 Ignition

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