With 10th Win in Sight, Chase Briscoe Bags Pole Position Honors for NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Texas

Published 10/21/2020, 2:11 PM EDT
Oct 3, 2020; Lincoln, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe (98) leads NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson (9) at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports


After winning the Xfinity race at the Kansas Speedway, Chase Briscoe is set to start on pole this weekend at Texas. Hot on his heels will be Justin Haley, fresh off a new Xfinity deal with Kaulig Racing.

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Behind them are Brandon Jones, Ryan Sieg, Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, and Austin Cindric. Admittedly, Noah Gragson has a slight disadvantage, as he is starting 9th, behind the non-playoff driver, Jeb Burton. The good news is that the race is long and can be unpredictable.

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What can be expected of Chase Briscoe?

The onus will certainly be on Briscoe to try and extend his winning streak, while the other drivers will try to stop him. He has been in fine form, having racked up 9 wins in the 2020 season.

His morale will undoubtedly be bolstered having been appointed to Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team in 2021. The team was obviously impressed by his results, and Tony Stewart told him that the seat was his long before the announcement.

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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 said, “I talked to Tony and everyone at SHR (Stewart-Haas Racing). They said, ‘Focus on this week and we’ll talk about it’.

“Obviously, winning a race is starting to help that situation. Going into next weekend, any time you bring a trophy, it’s just going to help the cause.”

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In light of this, he will be keen to register another good performance and prove that SHR’s faith is not unfounded. On the other end of the scale, he is under no pressure because he has already qualified for the Playoffs with his Kansas win.

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