WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Six days after his first Xfinity Sequence victory of the season and not-so-fresh from a disheartening loss within the Truck Sequence race at Eldora solely hours earlier, Chase Briscoe was prepared for the problem of Watkins Glen Worldwide.
”I undoubtedly wish to be larger up on the pace charts, however I used to be far more aggressive than I believed I’d be for by no means being right here,” Briscoe stated Friday after posting the 11th-fastest time within the last Xfinity follow on the high-speed highway course, nicely behind chief Kyle Busch. ”I used to be attempting to check myself off of … the blokes who’re constantly good highway racers. I used to be pleased with it.”
Briscoe has had an eventful week. He handed Christopher Bell with seven laps to go and gained the Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway final Saturday night time. Briscoe’s solely different Xfinity victory got here final season on Charlotte’s roval.
Bell led a career-high 235 out of 250 laps, however previous tires allowed Briscoe to realize the lead and clinch a playoff berth within the No. 98 Ford.
”It was huge. We weren’t the most effective automobile, however we had been clearly the second-best automobile all day lengthy,” he stated ”It undoubtedly was an excellent confidence-builder. It was good for our entire staff. I feel it bodes nicely.”
Saturday’s Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen is the primary of three Xfinity highway course races in August.
”Our staff is admittedly, actually younger and inexperienced in some methods. It was good for them to show to themselves that they might win as nicely,” stated Briscoe, who was working on lower than 5 hours’ sleep. ”Hopefully, it was the right time. These are the races the place you are able to do extra technique than you may anyplace else. I feel it is excellent timing (to be on a highway course).”
At Eldora, Briscoe pitted after main all the first two levels, dropped to 12th on the restart for the third stage and rallied to as excessive as third with 19 laps left. However he dropped again and spun out throughout a sequence of accidents and completed seventh.
”I simply want much more work, much more expertise,” stated Briscoe, who plans to race once more at NASCAR’s second stage subsequent 12 months earlier than contemplating a soar to Cup. ”There’s a few tracks on the schedule I’ve by no means even been to nonetheless. I’ve acquired to get rather a lot higher. Having the ability to go to those locations for the second and third time within the Xfinity automobile might be a giant profit.
”It is simply seat time, simply understanding how one can drive these Xfinity automobiles, what to anticipate. The primary a part of the season I did not know what the automobile needs to be feeling like going into the race and simply how a lot I may very well be aggressive and hustle it. As I get seat time, it is solely gotten higher.”
The 24-year-old Briscoe is second in rookie factors, 4 behind Noah Gragson‘s 629, and seventh general. Cole Custer, Bell and reigning sequence champion Tyler Reddick have dominated the sequence all 12 months.
”These final couple of weeks we have form of began getting again into that (championship) dialog,” Briscoe stated. ”We have been much more aggressive all through the weekend. We’re getting stage factors. Hopefully, we may be that fourth man.”
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