Briscoe Emerging as Top Truck Contender
Chase Briscoe finished in the runner-up position for the second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday night.
After losing last weekend’s event at Texas by inches, the Brad Keselowski Racing driver looked for redemption at Gateway Motorsports Park.
He ran well throughout the night, led a race-high 88 laps, and nearly caught winner John Hunter Nemechek in the closing laps after pitting for fresh tires under the final caution.
Briscoe only scored two top-10 finishes in the first six races of the season but has now matched that number with his performances over the past two weeks.
It was his first outing at both Texas and Gateway, and by outperforming series veterans, it attests to his potential to contend with more experienced racers as the season continues.
Briscoe has raced at four of the next five tracks on the Truck Series schedule and won at two of the venues in the ARCA Racing Series. Bringing this sense of familiarity into the events may provide the edge that he needs to come out on top.
While he currently sits fourth in the driver standings, only eight playoff positions are up for grabs. Four have already been claimed by race winners this season, putting Briscoe sixth in the post-season picture.
Unlike in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series, securing a win before the playoffs will likely be necessary to assure an opportunity to compete for the championship.
Briscoe’s strength, knowledge of upcoming tracks, and ability to thrive under pressure make him a strong candidate to earn a win but topping the more experienced competitors will be a challenge.
However, if the 22-year-old can get to Victory Lane before September, expect him to be a major title threat this fall.
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