Chase Briscoe Gets First Victory of 2019 at Iowa

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NEWTON, IA – RIS – Chase Briscoe punched his ticket to the NASCAR Xfinity playoffs after a hard-fought battle with Christopher Bell and himself for running over an air hose in the pits late in the race.  He passed Bell with seven laps to go to win the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.

It was the second career Xfinity win for the 24-year-old Mitchell, Indiana native and his first in 2019. He bounced back from a penalty for running over an air gun on pit road earlier in the race.

“It was a fun race,” Briscoe said. “I just can’t believe it. … When I ran over the hose, I was worried.

“It’s nice, for sure, to kind of silence everybody. We definitely still aren’t near where we need to be but I feel like we’ve been way closer, especially these last couple of weeks. We still have to get better if we’re going to beat the big 3, but I feel like we’re slowly getting into the conversation to be that fourth guy.”

Christopher Bell, who had won at Iowa this past June, as well as last June, led a race- and career-high 235 laps, but Briscoe grabbed the lead away from Bell late in the race, leading to take the checkered flag.

“That was tough, to be able to hold him off for as long as I did and not win the race,” Bell said in his post-race interview. “This car was super, super fast today.”

Bell was seeking his sixth win of the season.  He and Cole Custer lead the series with five wins each in 2019.

“It’s kind of damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” he said. “I tried to chase him into the corner. Maybe I could have opened my entry and tried to turn down, looking back at it. He did a good job, but he won the race and we had a great race car.”

Bell finished second, followed by John Hunter Nemechek, Noah Gragson and Tyler Reddick.

Bell won the first two stages for his 11th and 12th of the year, but Briscoe always had a competitive car, but mistakes left him back in the pack for most of the race.  On the last caution, Briscoe found himself in fourth position and quickly became Bell’s only rival.  Once he passed Bell, Briscoe was on his way in the number 98 Ford Mustang prepared by Stewart Haas Racing. 

Great racing behind Bell was a great show.  Cars were sometime three-wide to get positions and the difficulty of passing on the short track was evident.  Custer lost control o his Mustang on Lap 162 and was retired for the day.

An unusual incident came with 27 laps to go.  Dillon Bassett, driving the No. 90 Chevrolet, collided with a track sweeper trying to get to the pits during a caution period.  Damage from the accident did not allow him to finish.

Race Results for the 11th Annual U.S. Cellular 250 - Iowa Speedway - July 27, 2019

Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Pts, Status, Tms, Laps, Playoff Pts
1) 2, Chase Briscoe #, No. 98 Ford Performance Ford, 250, 3, 2, 57, Running, 1, 7, 5
2) 1, Christopher Bell, No. 20 Rheem Toyota, 250, 1, 1, 55, Running, 4, 234, 2
3) 14, John Hunter Nemechek, No. 23 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, 250, 8, 6, 42, Running, 2, 6, 
4) 13, Noah Gragson #, No. 9 Switch Chevrolet, 250, , , 33, Running, , , 
5) 11, Tyler Reddick, No. 2 American Ethanol Chevrolet, 250, 6, 3, 45, Running, , , 
6) 5, Justin Allgaier, No. 7 US Cellular Chevrolet, 250, 5, 10, 38, Running, , , 
7) 7, Shane Lee, No. 28 Circuit City Toyota, 250, , , 30, Running, , , 
8) 15, Justin Haley #, No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 250, 7, 5, 39, Running, , , 
9) 12, Zane Smith, No. 8 PatientPop Chevrolet, 250, , 9, 30, Running, 1, 2, 
10) 9, Michael Annett, No. 1 TMC Transportation Chevrolet, 250, 9, 7, 33, Running, , , 
11) 24, Ray Black II, No. 07 ISOKERN Fireplaces & Chimneys/Scuba Life , 250, , , 26, Running, , , 
12) 10, Ryan Sieg, No. 39 C2 Freight Chevrolet, 250, , 8, 28, Running, , , 
13) 4, Riley Herbst(i), No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota, 250, 10, , 0, Running, , , 
14) 19, Gray Gaulding, No. 08 Walk-Ons.com Chevrolet, 250, , , 23, Running, , , 
15) 29, Josh Williams, No. 36 Starbrite Star Tron/Simcraft Chevrolet, 250, , , 22, Running, , , 
16) 25, Stephen Leicht, No. 4 teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet, 249, , , 21, Running, , , 
17) 23, Ryan Vargas, No. 15 Cranio Care Bears Chevrolet, 249, , , 20, Running, , , 
18) 30, Matt Mills, No. 5 J.F. Electric Chevrolet, 249, , , 19, Running, , , 
19) 26, Joey Gase, No. 35 Iowa Donor Network Toyota, 248, , , 18, Running, , , 
20) 33, Vinnie Miller, No. 78 Pit Viper Chevrolet, 246, , , 17, Running, , , 
21) 28, Stefan Parsons, No. 99 Riessen Construction Toyota, 246, , , 16, Running, , , 
22) 35, Garrett Smithley, No. 0 teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet, 245, , , 15, Running, , , 
23) 36, Stan Mullis, No. 66 LasVegas.net Toyota, 243, , , 14, Running, , , 
24) 27, Camden Murphy(i), No. 93 RSS Racing Chevrolet, 239, , , 0, Running, , , 
25) 38, Ryan Repko, No. 01 The McLain Group Chevrolet, 237, , , 12, Running, , , 
26) 17, Dillon Bassett, No. 90 Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet, 222, , , 11, Accident, , , 
27) 20, Brandon Brown #, No. 86 Vero True Special Chevrolet, 217, , , 10, Engine, , , 
28) 21, Will Rodgers, No. 68 American Liver Foundation Chevrolet, 211, , , 9, Running, , , 
29) 6, Cole Custer, No. 00 Haas Automation Ford, 160, 2, 4, 24, Accident, , , 
30) 16, Jeremy Clements, No. 51 RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet, 160, , , 7, Accident, 1, 1, 
31) 32, David Starr, No. 52  Chevrolet, 150, , , 6, Accident, , , 
32) 22, Chad Finchum, No. 42 DEEI Toyota, 113, , , 5, Accident, , , 
33) 3, Brandon Jones, No. 19 Menards/Atlas Toyota, 105, 4, , 11, Suspension, , , 
34) 37, Mike Harmon, No. 74  Chevrolet, 87, , , 3, Clutch, , , 
35) 31, Timmy Hill, No. 13 MBM Motorsports Toyota, 80, , , 2, Suspension, , , 
36) 34, Morgan Shepherd, No. 89 Visone RV Chevrolet, 73, , , 1, Brakes, , , 
37) 8, Austin Cindric, No. 22 MoneyLion Ford, 43, , , 1, Accident, , , 
38) 18, JJ Yeley(i), No. 38 RSS Racing Chevrolet, 5, , , 0, Ignition, , ,
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 28 Mins, 0 Secs.
Track: 0.875 Mile Paved
Race Length: 250 Laps, 218.75 Miles
Average Speed: 88.682 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1.069 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 20, 00, 98, 19, 7, 2, 11, 23, 1, 18
Stage 2 Top 10: 20, 98, 2, 00, 11, 23, 1, 39, 8, 7

Race Comments: Chase Briscoe won the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway, his 2nd NASCAR Xfinity Series victory. Prior to the start of the race the following cars dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reasons indicated: #0, 01 (unapproved adjustments).

Failed to Qualify: No. 17 Mark Meunier.

Caution Flags: 8 for 58 laps;
Laps: 45-52 (No.22, 9 Incident Turn 1 [08]);
62-68 (Stage 1 Conclusion [15]);
75-79 (No.18, 51 Incident Turn 1 [78]);
122-129 (Stage 2 Conclusion [36]);
153-158 (No.52 Incident Turn 2 [15]);
162-169 (No.00 Incident Turn 3 [5]);
202-207 (No.1 Incident Turn 2 [07]);
219-228 (Fluid on the track [1]).

Lead Changes: 8 among 5 drivers;
C. Bell 1-49;
Z. Smith 50-51;
J. Clements 52;
C. Bell 53-154;
J. Nemechek 155-159;
C. Bell 160-227;
J. Nemechek 228;
C. Bell 229-243;
C. Briscoe # 244-250.

Mobil 1 Driver of the Race:  Chase Briscoe, No. 98

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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