Despite Dominating the Season, Chase Briscoe Feels He Has “Nothing to Lose” in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race

Published 11/07/2020, 12:33 PM EST
Oct 10, 2020; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe (98) races during the Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Chase Briscoe achieved his pre-season goal of 8 wins this season. He did one better and won a 9th race as well. Briscoe did everything in his powers to completely convince Tony Stewart and the Stewart-Haas Racing authorities that he was the man to replace Clint Bowyer in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021.

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Since he sealed the move to the No. 14 car a few weeks ago, Briscoe has only one thing left to achieve this year – the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship.

The fact that this could be his last chance to win the title might serve as extra motivation for Briscoe to seal the deal on Saturday.

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After winning as many as 9 races this year, it is tough to not pick him as the title favorite at Phoenix Raceway on Saturday. However, Briscoe feels he has nothing to lose. That mindset will help him treat the championship race as any other race.

Oct 10, 2020; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric (22) leads Chase Briscoe (98) during the Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Briscoe will not let stress get to him

I feel like we’re going in there with nothing to lose and everything to gain. We’ve just got to go there and do our normal deal no different than all the other 32 races,” Briscoe said ahead of the race.

For Briscoe, the key is to stay in the hunt, even if he is not leading for the most part of the race. If he is able to do that, things can turn in his favor anytime. The NASCAR Truck Series finale on Friday was a great example of that.

If we just go there and focus on the No. 98 car and nobody else, I feel like we’re going to be in the hunt at least at the end. As long as you’re in the hunt, you’ve got a chance,” Briscoe said further.

“Confidence is high”

The No. 98 car driver goes to a track where he has historically not enjoyed great results. He had a decent run there earlier this year and finished 6th. Briscoe feels he was competitive throughout the race.

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We had a miscue on pit road towards the end of the race and had to go to the back and got back to sixth, so I felt speed-wise we were pretty good,” he continued. Despite the track not being his best, Briscoe’s confidence is high after 9 wins.

Oct 17, 2020; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe (98) celebrates after winning the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The confidence is high. I feel like we’ve been the best team all year long and there’s no reason why we can’t go to Phoenix and be the same way,” he said further.

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Moving to the Cup Series on the back of a title will just make the deal a lot sweeter for Briscoe. And if he earns that 10th win in the process, it will signify sheer domination of the Xfinity 2020 circuit.

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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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