Indiana’s Chase Briscoe Breaks Through for First Win at Winchesterby Kyle Pokrefky June 27, 2016 0 comments
WINCHESTER, Ind. — After flirting with victory lane in the ARCA Racing Series on multiple occasions this season, Chase Briscoe finally broke through for his first career win on Sunday at Winchester Speedway in the Herr’s Potato Chips 200.
Dominating the first half of the race after claiming his fifth pole position of the season, Briscoe’s path to victory lane became murkier in the second half of the race with the presence of Venturini Motorsports’s Dalton Sargeant.
The two young drivers battled throughout the final 100 laps of the race with multiple instances of side-by-side racing being showcased between them.
At the end of the day, it was Briscoe that prevailed on the final restart of the race with less than 25 laps to go to pull away to score the win.
“It’s unbelievable,” Briscoe said in victory lane. “Like I was telling everybody else, last year I was just catching tires and dreaming of even racing, and now I’m here in victory lane which is pretty unbelievable. I’m just blessed to be here.
“I never thought this day would come and I never thought I’d be stock car racing because I don’t come from money or anything. Luckily, Briggs Cunningham and Kerry Scherer believed in me enough and wanted to give me a shot. I never thought that I’d be here and it just feels awesome.”
Briscoe, a native of Mitchell, Ind. – a town three hours southwest of Winchester, went on to state that to get his first win in his home state adds on to the pride of making it to victory lane.
For the former USAC sprint car driver, a win at ‘The Fastest Half Mile’ also meant much to him considering the track’s history in the open-wheel ranks.
“Absolutely,” Briscoe said. “The only place that I think it’d mean a lot more is Salem because I grew up 15 minutes from there, but this place is pretty special. I was a little ticked off yesterday when I didn’t get the track record because this place has a lot of history for me being a sprint car guy and a USAC guy. I wanted to get that, but we’ll take a win without a doubt.”
Sargeant’s second-place run served as the Boca Raton, Fla. native’s best finish in the ARCA Racing Series of the season. The runner-up result also marked the significance of the 17-year-old’s first-ever experience at the lead of the field in a series event.
“First off, I think everybody at Venturini Motorsports did an absolutely amazing job getting this No. 55 Windows 10 Toyota Camry blazing fast,” Sargeant said. “We started off the race pretty strong. We fell back a little bit on the initial start on the bottom, but we were able to get back up to second pretty quick.
After that two-tire stop at the beginning, we were able to chase the No. 77 down for a few laps and we were able to take the lead. Once again, we had an insanely fast car. I had some really rough racing with the No. 77 car there at the end on those final three restarts, I feel that we as a team were able to do everything we needed to do to get the job done.”
Behind the top-two finishers, Kyle Weatherman came home in the third position with Matt Kurzejewski, Tom Hessert, Josh Williams, A.J. Fike, Will Kimmel, Dakoda Armstrong and Josh Reeves rounding out the top-10.
Sunday’s race featured four cautions for 26 laps. The first caution came out on Lap 48 for a solo spin by Mike Senica while Dick Doheny and Kimmel were involved in the lone accident of the day on Lap 143.
The final two cautions of the day were for debris and came out on Laps 159 and 173.
The ARCA Racing Series will take a two-week break before returning with the ARCA 150 presented by Casey’s General Stores at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 9th.
Finishing Order of the Herr’s Potato Chips 200
- 77 – Chase Briscoe
- 55 – Dalton Sargeant
- 98 – Kyle Weatherman
- 52 – Matt Kurzejewski
- 25 – Tom Hessert
- 6 – Josh Williams
- 27 – A.J. Fike
- 22 – Will Kimmel
- 15 – Dakoda Armstrong
- 42 – Josh Reeves
- 9 – Thomas Praytor
- 14 – Dustin Knowles
- 34 – Mike Basham
- 48 – Brad Smith
- 10 – Richard Doheny
- 2 – Eric Caudell
- 30 – Corey Deuser
- 64 – Mike Senica
- 06 – Con Nicolopoulos
- 0 – Richard Hauck
- 69 – Nick Higdon
- 00 – Wayne Peterson
- 23 – Chase Storch
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