Chase Briscoe struggled with the No.60 Ford Mustang being tight all night with a lack of grip.
Despite diagnosing those symptoms said earlier, it didn’t help Briscoe as his run crashes down early at Bristol.
He rolled off okay at the start under green after an impressive 13th run in qualifying.
Though, having chosen the bottom lane, the No.60 car began to feel tight in the center in 16th.
When Kyle Busch spun out on Lap 70, Briscoe told team radio that he needed more grip before cycled through the wave around in 17th.
Though in Stage 2 on Lap 114, Chase Briscoe’s concerns have gone from bad to worse.
Despite plenty of changes to tires, fuel & treatment massaged during the stage break, he lost control with Ross Chastain at Turn 4 before hitting the front straight barrier.
Unfortunately, with the damage too much to repair, his day ended early in 34th.
His 2018 Season so far.
- 11 Starts
- 1952 of 2174 Laps Completed, 89.8%
- 12 Laps Led
- Two Top 10, 18.2%
- Average Start: 16.1 & Finish: 18.8
- DNF: Two
- 15th, Atlanta
- 11th, Texas
- 23rd, Bristol
- 26th, Richmond
- 16th, Talladega
- 11th, Charlotte
- 38th, Pocono
- 9th, Chicago
- 10th, Iowa
- 14th, Mid-Ohio
- 34th, Bristol 2
His best Bristol XFINITY Series result remains in a disappointing 23rd four months ago with five laps down in the No.98 car for Stewart-Haas Racing.
And last night’s run at the same track didn’t do a lot better through a loose and tight car.
Briscoe ends his August XFINITY Series run with two inconsistent finishes:
- 14th, Mid-Ohio
- 34th, Bristol
The next time you’ll see him back in the No.60 Ford Mustang is next month in his hometown track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
His 2nd & latest Top 10 comes from last month where Briscoe came home 10th at Iowa.
Don’t forget Briscoe finished 9th at the end of June en route to his first XFINITY Series Top 10 in Chicago.
If Briscoe had a speedy race car in place, he could show & run up top.
He demonstrated that for some time last week at Mid-Ohio until a spin ruled him out of the Top 10.
It’s fantastic to hear that Briscoe won the famed July Eldora race in the Truck Series.
Only a bit more learning time and patience needed as it’s a part-time year given Briscoe don’t have to rush what you can do to dominate this series.
It’s slow and steady progress for the rest of 2018 as long as Briscoe performs very consistently, then he’s ready.
When you mean he’s ready, Briscoe is prepared to take the XFINITY Series by storm by following the footsteps of Austin Cindric and race full-time next year.
That’s the type of target Briscoe will work in the immediate future.
No doubt you can’t fault him after the all the drama he went through this month.
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