Briscoe overcomes mistake to earn top-10 at Phoenix

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By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

Despite a miscommunication between Chase Briscoe and crew chief Richard Boswell, the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver rebounded for a top-10 at Phoenix Raceway.

During a caution on lap 129 of the LS Tractor 200, Boswell attempted to call Chase Briscoe’s No. 98 Ford Performance Racing School to pit road. However, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver remained on track with Justin Allgaier. On the restart, Briscoe plummeted down the running order. In five laps, he dropped from second to ninth before another caution waved.

Briscoe ducked onto pit road with Allgaier. The difference between the two was that Boswell instructed his team to change four tires. Allgaier didn’t. Over the final 58 laps, Chase Briscoe climbed back up the running order. When the checkered flag waved, he had managed to climb back up to sixth.

“I think we were definitely better than a sixth-place racecar,” Briscoe explained. “We just had a miscommunication when the whole field pitted. My crew chief (Richard Boswell) told me to do what the 7 and the 9 do but the 9 pitted and the 7 stayed out, so I stayed out. Then we were at a disadvantage tire wise. I restarted last and was able to drive to sixth. Overall, it is a good learning weekend for November.”

Prior to the miscommunication, Briscoe had been running solidly inside the top-five. In the first two stages, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver finished third. Allgaier, who also didn’t pit during the fifth caution of the LS Tractor 200, won the first stage and was fifth in the second stage.

The sixth-place finish at Phoenix Raceway is the third top-10 finish for Briscoe this season and the 33rd of his NASCAR Xfinity Series career. That top-10 kept the Mitchell, IN native second in the championship points standings. Briscoe is one of four drivers locked into the playoffs, along with Brandon Jones, Harrison Burton, and Noah Gragson.

Briscoe will be back in action in the EchoPark Automotive 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March, 14.

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