Chase Briscoe has faced a lot of adversity this season. However, he has pushed through and has won the biggest race of his career. He not only won at his hometown track of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but also won the first-ever Xfinity Series race on the road course at the Brickyard.
The race began with Austin Cindric surging through the pack to take the lead four laps in after starting 10th. Justin Allgaier moved up to second after starting fifth. AJ Allmendinger started 30th and worked his way up into the top 10.
With three laps to go in stage one, Vinnie Miller had a flat tire, bringing out the first caution of the day. The caution would end the stage with Cindric in front as he picked up his fourth stage win of the season. Allmendinger went through pit road during the caution and picked up a speeding penalty, dropping him to the rear on the stage two restart.
After the pit stop following the stage, Briscoe won the race off pit road. He and Cindric battled for the lead the first few laps of stage two. Five laps in, Bayley Currey stalled out to bring out the caution flag. On the restart, Cindric took the lead back but was penalized for jumping the restart and had to serve a pass-through penalty on pit road. He dropped to 25th after serving his penalty.
With five laps to go in stage two, Brandon Jones broke an oil line, causing his car to ignite in flames. It brought out the third caution of the race. Ryan Sieg and others did not pit during the caution to gain stage points. On the restart, Briscoe moved from seventh to first and picked up his third stage win of the season. Sieg finished third in stage two.
Allmendinger and Cindric moved up into the top five within the first two laps of the final stage. With 13 laps to go, Briscoe, Allmendinger and Cindric were the top three. With 10 laps left in the final stage, Tommy Joe Martins’ axle broke on the front stretch, bringing out the caution flag.
Briscoe won the race off pit road and took the lead on the restart. With four laps to go, Briscoe got loose, causing Allmendinger and Cindric to pass him for first and second respectively. However, Briscoe took the lead back. Allmendinger and Cindric would collide with two laps to go and passed by Gragson and Justin Haley.
Briscoe would hold steady and pick up his fifth win of the season, which is tied for second all-time in the Xfinity Series wins through 13 races (Sam Ard had six through 13 races in 1984). Briscoe has won three of the last four races. Haley, Gragson, Allmendinger and Cindric finished fourth and fifth. Allmendinger and Cindric had fast cars but their collisions late contributed to their finishes.
The Xfinity Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for a double header this upcoming Thursday and Friday night.
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- Preston Pardus picked up his first top-10 finish in just his third Xfinity start
- Brandon Gdovic scored his best career finish in the Xfinity Series with a 12th place run
- Jade Buford finished 14th in his first career Xfinity race