Chase Briscoe rides emotions to Xfinity win at Darlington.
In a thrilling end to the Toyota 200 at Darlington Raceway in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, Chase Briscoe edged out Kyle Busch in a fantastic finish to take the checkered flag. It was the first win at Darlington in Briscoe’s career.
The victory was impressive by its own merit, given how Briscoe ended up beating Busch.
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But what made the win even more emotional for Briscoe, beyond it being his first at this track, is that this celebratory moment comes just days after what the driver described as the hardest week of his life. Briscoe’s wife, Marisa, suffered a miscarriage. The driver announced the devastating news regarding his child on Twitter earlier this week.
In his postrace interview, the emotions absolutely poured out of Briscoe as he put the win in perspective of this difficult week.
“This is for my wife,” Briscoe said. “This is the hardest week I’ve ever had to deal with and God is so good man. Even when I took the lead with 50 to go I was crying inside the race car and I wasn’t there at all.”
This was Briscoe’s second Xfinity Series win of the season, and the fourth of his career. The top five drivers of the race were as follows: Briscoe, Busch, Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson. This was Busch’s second second-place finish over the last 24 hours, having finished behind teammate Denny Hamlin in the Cup Series Toyota 500 on Wednesday.
The next race in the Xfinity Series is the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday, May 25.