Chase Briscoe wins despite spin in hectic Xfinity race at Pocono

Chase Briscoe would come out victorious after cautions, oil slicks, wrecks, spins and flats would all be themes at the “Tricky Triangle” of Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon. 

The win is Briscoe’s fourth of the season and sixth of his Xfinity career.

The first caution of the day would quickly come out of turn one on the first lap. Brandon Jones, who won the truck race earlier in the day, would get loose as the 23-year-old came out of turn one on the inside lane.

After the restart on lap five, Josh Williams and Joe Graf, Jr. would both get loose and wreck. The two cautions would eliminate the competition caution that was supposed to come on lap 10. 

Austin Cindric would vault himself from fifth to first coming out of the restart on lap nine. However, the third caution of the day would quickly follow on lap 14 as Harrison Burton would slam into the inside wall after sliding on oil. 

After the ensuing red flag was lifted after 21 minutes, Cindric would collect his third stage win of the year. The stage would end under caution after Dash 4 Cash contestant Alex Labbe spun out. 

After not pitting, Ross Chastain would start stage two as the leader on lap 27. After Chastain went to the pits with two laps to go, Justin Allgaier would take the lead and win his fifth stage on the year. The stage win ties the 34-year-old with Noah Gragson for the most stage wins in 2020. 

After the ensuing pit stops, Chastain would start out up front at the start of the final stage with 46 to go. While Allgaier would take the lead two laps later, Dash 4 Cash contestant Justin Haley would clip Riley Herbst out of turn three to bring out the seventh caution of the day. Haley would then be held for two laps due to aggressive driving. 

The green flag at the restart with 38 to go would quickly fade, as minimal contact would quickly brew into the “Big One”, as Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Gragson, Myatt Snider, Cindric and Ryan Sieg would all be involved in the wreck. 

Chase Briscoe would pick up his first lead of the day at the restart on lap 58. However, a left-rear flat for the 25-year-old would cause the eighth caution of the day. 

Snider would be the leader at the restart with 18 to go. After going back-and-forth with Chastain, the latter would take over the lead with 13 to go. Briscoe, meanwhile, would take second over Snider. Briscoe would then take first over Chastain with 10 to go but would lose it to Chastain shortly after. However, Briscoe would not back down and would retake the lead over Chastain with seven to go. 

A caution from Chad Finchum at the exit of the tunnel turn would pack the field together once more.

On the overtime restart, Chastain had the advantage over Briscoe but going into the tunnel turn, Briscoe gave Chastain the short-track patented “bump-and-run”, which would allow him to pull out to the lead and coast to victory.

Chastain did not get the race victory, but he captured the final $100,000 Dash 4 Cash prize, which is his second time winning it this season.

The Xfinity Series continues onward with a holiday weekend slate at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on July 4.

Post-race stats:

  • Jeremy Clements third-place run was his highest finish since winning at Road America in 2017. It is his fourth career top-five Xfinity finish
  • Myatt Snider scored an Xfinity career-best fourth-place finish
  • Michael Annett scored his first top-five finish of 2020
  • Brett Moffitt scored his third top-10 finish of the season
  • Timmy Hill scored his second top-10 finish of 2020 with an eighth-place run
  • Jesse Little scored his first career top-10 finish in the Xfinity Series
  • Dexter Bean (11th), Ryan Vargas (13th), Kyle Weatherman (15th), Kody Vanderwal (19th), and Carson Ware (20th) all scored career-high finishes in the Xfinity Series

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