Cup Series Hopeful Chase Briscoe Feels No Practice Before Races is a Big Advantage For Him

Published 10/03/2020, 12:57 PM EDT
Aug 28, 2020; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe (98) and Ross Chastain (10) lead the field to start the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


A potential move to the NASCAR Cup Series for Chase Briscoe is a major talking point as ‘Silly Season’ continues. After eight wins already in the Xfinity Series, a Cup Series seat seems very much on the horizon for Briscoe, with a few seats yet to be taken in the top division.

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For a rookie, it is anyway considered tough to challenge the veterans for wins. The limited practice and qualifying time are thought to be further detrimental to the youngsters as they do not have the time to test their machines and learn more about their cars.

NASCAR already expressed its intention to have maximum 1-day shows in 2021. However, Briscoe believes ‘the new normal’ works in his favor if he gets the Cup Series move.

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“I think it’s the new normal. It’s going to be hard for any rookie down the road. Truthfully, I don’t know if no practice isn’t an advantage for a rookie,” Briscoe said.

Aug 28, 2020; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Justin Haley (11) leads Gray Gaulding (07), Chase Briscoe (98) and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Riley Herbst (18) to win the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

What Chase Briscoe feels about the ‘new normal’

The 25-year-old feels that no practice affects the veteran drivers more, as they do not have the opportunity to test their cars. “When you see guys really get beat is when veterans can practice their car and get it exactly the way they need it. Whereas, as a rookie, you don’t know what you need,” Briscoe said.

Briscoe feels the experienced drivers will also just have to figure it out during races. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing having no practice. If anything, its think it might be an advantage,” Briscoe added.

If he does make a move to the Cup Series, he stands to benefit with this new normal, Briscoe believes. It puts everyone on a level-playing field, as per the youngster.

Sep 19, 2020; Bristol, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads Alex Bowman (88) during the Nascar Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Making a strong statement

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“I’m not against the no practice thing. It honestly, in my eyes, helps my situation if I get a move up because then you just have to figure it out and go,” Briscoe expressed.

Everybody’s on the same playing field. Nobody’s car drives perfect. It’s back in the driver’s hands. I’m not against it, I actually kinda like it,” he added.

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Meanwhile, Briscoe starts on pole position for the playoff race at Talladega as he aims for a ninth win in 2020.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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