Chase Briscoe has recovered from a road speeding penalty and a turn with 21 laps to go to secure his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series win in Sunday’s Pocono Green 225.
In a race that went into overtime after a ninth record 2.5 mile warning from Pocono Raceway, Briscoe gave up to Ross Chastain in turn 1 after the final restart, but took first place in the Tunnel tunnel and finished 1.015 seconds ahead of the Chevrolet No 10 a lap and a half later.
The victory, Briscoe’s first at Pocono and the sixth in his Xfinity series career, left the Ford 98-Stewart Racing Haas driver halfway to his stated goal of at least eight wins this season.
RELATED: Official race results
“We were really not that good at the start. We sort of struggled and we didn’t have the speed I really expected here, ”said Briscoe. “Zippy (team leader Greg Zipadelli) and the guys continued to work on it, better and better. We had our heads there, after accelerating on the pit route.
“I was a little worried, but luckily a lot of good cars tore up and made it a little easier to get back on the field. Ross and I was pretty fun. He’s one of the toughest guys to face and overtake… We’re half way through eight, so hopefully we can keep going. “
In the last Xfinity Dash 4 Cash event, vice-champion Chastain won the $ 100,000 bonus as the best finisher among four eligible drivers for the second consecutive week – and the third consecutive for his team, Kaulig Racing.
But Chastain nonetheless got his second result for the second week in a row, especially after taking the short lead from Briscoe in the two-lap sprint to the finish.
“We did everything right,” said Chastain. “I got a good boost we needed to get him to (turn) 1. It’s hard to be upset by the second, but I am. I’m so proud of Kaulig Racing… I know how lucky I am, but, man, these are the memories we take with us – not the money. “
Leading the race on lap 69, Briscoe spun when her left rear tire fell flat. But the 25-year-old Mitchell, Indiana player kept his car away from the wall and progressed from the 11th after the next restart.
A wreck of six cars on lap 53, triggered by contact between the cars of Myatt Snider and Noah Gragson, made Briscoe’s job easier by getting the dominant car out of the race, Austin Cindric’s # 22 Team Penske Ford, who won the first stage. and finished second in stage 2. The accident also damaged Gragson’s JR Motorsports cars, Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric.
“I knew I was getting a big push from behind,” said Snider, who escaped damage in the wreckage and finished fourth in his career. “I had an upcoming race on 9 (Gragson), but I knew we were going to fall very quickly, so I started to lift up, but the guy behind me didn’t. So you can see me squirrel all the time, and I’m trying to slow down, but I couldn’t stop.
“I hate that it involved so much, but it ended up being a great day for us. We are in the lead and we were lucky to win there. It came to experience for me. I only had a few races with this RCR (Richard Childress Racing) car. He has speed. I just need to make myself a little more consistent. “
Jeremy Clements finished third, his best result since winning the Road America road circuit in 2017. Michael Annett returned fifth, followed by second stage winner Allgaier (who regained a lost lap after the wreck) Moffitt, Timmy Hill, Riley Herbst and Jesse Little.
Briscoe regained the lead in the three-point series over Gragson, who finished 22nd a lap later.
Brandon Jones, who won the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race on Sunday morning, failed to make the first turn in the Xfinity event that followed.
With a tap from Austin Cindric in a three wide position in turn 1, Jones turned away from the corner and crashed into the interior wall, destroying his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
“In the end, you create spots on these restarts, so we were trying to go trifold and get them early,” said Jones. “But, obviously, you have to have a little bit of mutual concessions. It’s just early. It doesn’t take much when you get three wide to be pushed. But from my point of view, we were hit in the back …
“We had a very good positive. We won the truck race. I had high hopes for this race too. “
Fourteen laps and two warnings later, Jones’ team mate Harrison Burton at Joe Gibbs Racing faded out of turn 1 in the oil spilled from Brandon Brown when his engine expired. Put out of the race, Burton ignored the collision with the interior wall.
“I ran with the 1 (Michael Annett) and I felt good, and it happened immediately,” said Burton, who dropped two straight races after opening the season with a record of 10 consecutive top 10 finishes, including two wins. “It’s a strange place to visit. This move seemed more difficult than it was, so I’m fine.
“Glad my team built safe racing cars. Unfortunately, I tested this twice this year. Bummer, but we will be back and I hope to gain even more. “
The next race in the Xfinity series is scheduled for Saturday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, IMS, SiriusXM), the first event in the series on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval route.
Notes: There were no problems in the post-race inspection, including no penalty for the wheel nuts. … Justin Haley was detained for two laps for aggressive driving and called to the NASCAR transporter after the race for an incident that also included Riley Herbst. READ MORE