Chase Briscoe Locks Up ARCA Short Track Challenge at Salemby Kyle Pokrefky September 12, 2016 0 comments
SALEM, Ind. — A mere start of the ignition of his No. 77 Big Tine Ford at Salem Speedway officially locked up the 2016 ARCA Racing Series’s Short Track Challenge for Chase Briscoe on Saturday night.
Briscoe, the ARCA championship leader, took home the short track trophy in dominant fashion off of the strength of three wins this year.
Getting off to a slow start this year at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and at Salem in April, Briscoe turned his season around in the middle of the summer, claiming wins at Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway and Winchester Speedway.
“That’s definitely a big deal,” Briscoe said. “For me to win the short track deal, that’s something I really thought I’d struggle with early this year and I honestly did earlier in the year. I didn’t know how to save my tires or anything.
“We really buried ourselves early in the year after the first Salem race and Nashville we had two really bad runs. I remember we had a team meeting a couple of weeks after that and put our heads down to try to figure out how we could win this short track championship.
“To win it the way we have where we really clinched it coming in to today was definitely special. We’ll go in to the next one and we’ll try to sweep all of these championships.”
Up next for the championship leader are three mile-and-a-half speedways that are set to close up the 2016 season.
Chicagoland Speedway’s SCOTT 150 is due up next on Thursday with races at Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway following within the next month.
Having never been on a mile-and-a-half race track before in race conditions, Briscoe is feeling up to the new challenge lying ahead.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Briscoe stated. “Obviously, I haven’t been on a mile-and-a-half yet but we ran both Pocono and Michigan and we’ve ran really good at both of those. We have a really good package.
“We’ve done some tire testing at Kentucky and we feel that we’re pretty good there. We’ll go on to Chicagoland and Kansas where I’ve never had any laps and it’s going to be tough because we have to show up and we only get two 45-minute sessions. It’s going to be really hard to learn a track that quick, but I’m really looking forward to it.
“The mile-and-a-halves have a lot of tough talent and a lot of good cars, so it makes it tough as a driver.”
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