WATCH: Chase Briscoe Gets Emotional On the Race Track After Winning the NASCAR Xfinity Race At Darlington

Published 12/14/2020, 12:00 PM EST
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #98 Ford Performance Racing School Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series LS Tractor 200 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Race wins sometimes take a greater meaning in motorsports drivers’ lives. And in the case of Chase Briscoe, the 2020 Toyota 200 race came at a time where he had endured some of the most difficult days in life.

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But showing great character and strength, Chase put on a mighty brilliant performance in the race. Stealing the lead with 50 laps to go, he fended off the challenge from veteran racer Kyle Busch to take home the victory.
Naturally, the 25-year-old was overcome with emotions, as he revealed being in a different mental space during the race. And speaking after the event, tears were very much visible on Briscoe’s face.

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Chase Briscoe called it the ‘biggest day’ of his life

Briscoe stated after the race, “This is for my wife. This is the hardest week I’ve ever had to deal with, and God is so good, man. Even when I took the lead with 50 to go, I was crying inside the race car, and just emotionally, I wasn’t there at all. There’s nothing to say other than that God is so glorious.”
Briscoe’s race win came just two days after suffering a huge personal loss in his life. And understandably, the victory meant so much more to him than just another racing statistic.

No one deserved it more. ❤️ #2020FinalLaps pic.twitter.com/IUOS2kMD29

— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) December 13, 2020

“But this is more than a race win, this is you know the biggest day of my life after the toughest day of my life. So just to be able to beat the best there is, you know so satisfying,” concluded a very emotional Briscoe.

A final lap that'll go down as one of the best at #SHRacing. 💙 May 19, 2020. @ChaseBriscoe5 would not be denied as he held off Kyle Busch in thrilling fashion to take home an emotional victory at Darlington.#2020FinalLaps pic.twitter.com/63w3IjCHkp

— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) December 13, 2020

Briscoe came incredibly close to winning the Xfinity Series championship

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In what was a fantastic season for him on the racetrack, Chase Briscoe sealed a career-high nine race wins in the Xfinity Series. However, at the final hurdle in the Championship 4 race at Phoenix, the Indiana native could not convert his chance to win the title.
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 16: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #98 Ford Performance Ford during the Ford EcoBoost 300, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, FL. (Photo by Malcolm Hope/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Briscoe now partners Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Cole Custer at Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2021 Cup Series season. But heading into his rookie year in the top division, he will look back on this win and regard it as one of the biggest turning points in his life – both as a driver and a human being.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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