After Christopher Bell won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash bonus at Bristol Motor Speedway, he stated it was going towards forming his own Sprint car team. He isn’t the only one with big dreams for the $100,000 cheque.
Chase Briscoe will join Bell, Tyler Reddick and Cole Custer as drivers eligible to take home the bonus at Richmond Raceway on Friday night. The simple chance for Bell to race for that amount of money is “huge,” so it’s no surprise that it’d be a “special” feeling if he could take home the prize.
Just like Bell, though, he has already worked out his plans for the money moving forward.
“It would go a long way with my Chili Bowl organization,” he said. “I’m trying to get a new motor for my midget right now, so if I could do that, I feel like I could maybe give Bell a little more of a run for his money at the Chili Bowl, so there’s definitely a little extra incentive to try to go win and, honestly, a lot of it would probably go toward my dirt team to try and make it a better program.”
On top of his driving duties, Briscoe owns a dirt team like several of his fellow NASCAR competitors do, fielding drivers in sprint cars and midgets. In their most recent event, Dave Darland scored his car owner a ninth-place finish in the USAC Midget event at Bubba Raceway Park.
“I feel like Florida is a place that just doesn’t fit necessarily our style of how our cars are setup and Dave’s driving style he kind of always struggles in Florida,” Briscoe commented. “So we’re really excited to get back to Indiana and run some stuff.”
Even with a full Xfinity Series schedule on tap, Briscoe is hoping that he can get behind the wheel of some of his equipment this season to “kind of see where our stuff is.” However, to be able to do that, he will need permission from the ownership at Stewart-Haas Racing.
“I haven’t talked to Tony (Stewart) yet,” Briscoe confessed. “I feel like my sweet spot is gonna be going to talk to Tony. That’s my best chance. I don’t even know if Tony knows that I’m probably not allowed to go do it, so I’ll just go to Tony I guess and see what he says and then maybe ask for forgiveness later.”
Being able to bring the organization’s second win of the season may certainly help his offers. Though while teammate Cole Custer was able to reach victory lane, Briscoe hasn’t done so through the first seven races this season. He has shown speed, though, scoring five top-10’s to rank eighth in the season standings.
“I feel like we haven’t had the speed we expected to have,” he said. “The 98 team has been kind of weird, but we’ve been consistent every week where we literally practice right around 15th-place, the first half of the race we’re 10th to 15th, and then the last 50 laps we’re right there in the top five battling for the win. So we just have to finally be able to put the whole weekend together.
“It’s taken us a little bit of time each and every weekend to kind of find that balance I like and that’s normally with around 50 to go, that last pit stop we finally kind of hit the nail on the head, so we’ve got to start making our practices more efficient. Instead of trying to tune a 15th-place car, we’re tuning a fifth-place car.”
Briscoe is hoping that they can get their program improved quickly, as he knows currently having earned only four stage points compared to his competitors doesn’t bode well for his playoff chances. Being able to score some stage wins could be crucial for him in the post-season, given competitors like Bell and Custer have already racked up 14 and six points, a piece, ahead of the pre-playoff reset.
Briscoe has only made one Xfinity Series start at Richmond, scoring a 26th-place finish last season.
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