Chase Briscoe Locks Up ARCA Championship and Kansas Winby Kyle Pokrefky October 14, 2016 0 comments
KANSAS CITY — Chase Briscoe’s dream season rolled into Kansas Speedway having to just start the engine to lock up the 2016 ARCA Racing Series championship, his finishing position not mattering in the end result.
The driver of the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Ford didn’t rest on his laurels at all on Friday night, however, taking the checkered flag in the Kansas 150.
His sixth victory of the race season, Briscoe took the checkered flag of the race ahead of Austin Cindric, Michael Self, Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, John Wes Townley, Matt Kurzejewski, Shane Lee, Tom Hessert and Mason Mitchell.
“It feels great,” Briscoe said of his commanding championship win. “Honestly, I was more worried about winning the race than the championship to be completely honest. I just want to win as many races as possible. It was huge to get Cunningham their first championship – at the same time it was huge to go out the way we did and have the season that we did.
“We showed that we were real champions when we came here in the final race. I’m excited to see what’s to come, hopefully we can get something lined up for next year.”
Unofficially rounding out the top-five of the ARCA standings behind Briscoe were Hessert, Kurzejewski, Josh Williams and Thomas Praytor.
Friday night’s season finale featured four caution periods and a lone red-flag period.
The first caution of the night flew on Lap 13 for a solo spin by Dale Shearer while a tire-related caution for Jones flew on Lap 42.
The third caution of the night brought out the red flag on Lap 50 for an accident in Turn 3 that involved Bret Holmes, Kyle Weatherman, Myatt Snider and Nick Higdon, among others. The last caution of the night occurred on Lap 57 for a solo incident involving Gus Dean and the Turn 3 wall.
After exiting the infield care center following his Lap 50 accident, Snider gave The Fourth Turn his perspective of the incident.
“… It just so happened that Chase had to check up,” Snider stated. “I went around him and I had enough speed to clear him by the time we got into three and then the No. 52 [Kurzejewski] took us four-wide.
“There was no room for that. Kansas is already a narrow place for two and three-wide racing – but taking it four-wide? I don’t get it. It just took the air completely off of my car.
“I spun out and I was pretty much stopped, I guess somebody hooked Weathemran and he got into me. It was one of those racing deals. I just hate it for my guys, I didn’t want to end the season like this.”
Weatherman was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation following his hit.
The 2017 ARCA Racing Series season is expected to start back up in February with the series’s traditional 200-mile season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
ARCA’s full schedule for next season is expected to be released within the next month.
Finishing Order of the Kansas 150
- 77 – Chase Briscoe
- 99 – Austin Cindric
- 28 – Michael Self
- 8 – Brandon Jones
- 15 – Noah Gragson
- 05 – John Wes Townley
- 52 – Matt Kurzejewski
- 32 – Shane Lee
- 25 – Tom Hessert
- 98 – Mason Mitchell
- 17 – Ty Majeski
- 55 – Dalton Sargeant
- 6 – Josh Williams (-1)
- 27 – A.J. Fike (-1)
- 9 – Thomas Praytor (-5)
- 5 – Chris Bailey Jr. (-6)
- 11 – Ed Pompa (-6)
- 34 – Mike Basham (-7)
- 2 – Eric Caudell (-7)
- 69 – Kevin Hinckle (-8)
- 48 – Brad Smith (-9)
- 64 – Mike Senica (-27)
- 14 – Morgan Baird (-30)
- 0 – Con Nicolopoulos (-33)
- 33 – Gus Dean (-36)
- 23 – Bret Holmes (-42)
- 22 – Myatt Snider (-44)
- 10 – Kyle Weatherman (-44)
- 08 – Nick Higdon (-46)
- 73 – Dale Shearer (-46)
- 20 – Tom Berte (-53)
- 7 – Codie Rohrbaugh (-58)
- 06 – Mark Meunier (-62)
- 00 – Wayne Peterson (-91)
Photo Credit: Kyle Pokrefky/The Fourth Turn