The Sensational Sequence of Exchanges That Show How Close Chase Briscoe Came to Missing Las Vegas Cup Race

Published 09/28/2021, 12:24 PM EDT
Jun 6, 2021; Sonoma, California, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe (14) during the Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports


The NASCAR Cup Series race has just concluded, but for Chase Briscoe, he was already in a race before it began. Apparently, the #14 driver had issues actually getting to the track itself due to problems with the plane. Briscoe was forced to fly on a commercial airline since the team planes had left already. As per his testimony, he boarded the plane, but it got delayed because the aircraft hit a bird. To make matters worse, the computer system malfunctioned, so he and his fellow passengers had to go back to the gate.

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Briscoe even beseeched with American Airlines to ask whether he could get off the plane. This was because he wanted to make it in time for the 9:00 AM flight. It is also worth mentioning that fellow driver Timmy Hill sympathized with him. Hill revealed that on one occasion his entire team missed a race owing to a 14-hour maintenance delay.

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Further complications occurred when Briscoe reported that the airline was trying to figure out error codes. As a result of that update, they needed another half an hour until a decision could be made. Finally, it transpired that the flight itself was canceled; luckily, the Twitter fans jumped in to help out.

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Finally, Briscoe praised every single god that he knew when he finally got another flight. His next update read, “Pulled the backup plane out so hopefully this one is good to go, bought a seat on the 11:25 just in case this one doesn’t go. Crazy morning left the house at 5:30am!”

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At last, a final update emerged, where Briscoe confirmed that he reached on time. Of course, there would be no time to rest, as he would have had to hustle to get to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Fortunately, he made it well in time to start the race and ultimately finished in a respectable 14th place.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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