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Chase Briscoe Survives Eventful Martinsville Race

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Chase Briscoe‘s first Martinsville start was eventful, to say the least.

The rookie started Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 in the eighth and was involved in a handful of incidents.  He got loose under Noah Gragson on Lap 101, resulting in the Toyota driver going around.  Then on Lap 160, he was the victim of a three-wide battle, looping around off Kaz Grala’s front bumper.

“Personally, I wasn’t upset,” Briscoe told POPULAR SPEED. “I was pretty calm on that whole deal. It’s part of racing here. Like I said, I did it to a couple guys and it happened to me so it’s part of racing here. Nothing to get mad about, got to know going into it.”

Briscoe says the multiple incidents are a byproduct of the tight racing at Martinsville.

“I didn’t mean to do it, just an aspect of this kind of racing,” he added. “It’s unfortunate, we tear up really good trucks.  It’s definitely an up and down day for our Cooper Standard Ford F-150.  Move onto Kansas.  I feel like we have a really good mile-and-a-half program.  We felt like we made gains all weekend here.  Be ready for the next one.”

Throughout the race, Briscoe felt his worst enemy was track position.

“We just couldn’t have track position,” Briscoe explained.  “We were running third there for a little bit and got into Crafton and knocked the tow out and a couple other things.  It seemed like every restart we were up front, we just had to start at the top and battle for that bottom line.  Got shuffled back there at the end.  Overall, like I said, feel like we had really good speed, felt like it’s an improvement and keep going on.”

Briscoe’s wild race concluded when Cody Coughlin spun off his front bumper coming to the checkered flag.  The Brad Keselowski Racing driver, who finished 11th, stated it was not intentional.

“I just got in there and we were obviously both going for the bottom,” Briscoe said.  “Just got in there really hot, he was trying to pinch me down, I was trying to run him up at the same time.  Just part of racing.”

The 2016 ARCA Racing Series Champion had a top-five finish at Daytona back in February and a fast truck in Atlanta.  However, a flat tire relegated him to a 25th place finish in Atlanta.  Despite some hard luck, Briscoe feels they are competitive and stronger finishes are coming.

“I really feel like we’ve been fastest everywhere we went,” Briscoe commented.  “We’ve led practice everywhere this year.  Had a really good truck at Atlanta, just had a flat tire and it cost us a good finish.  We really felt like, honestly, we were going to struggle here.  To run top-three most of the day is something to be happy about.”

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Andy Marquis

Andy Marquis is the Editor and Content Manager for the Late Model Stock Car racing website, STScene.com. Marquis has numerous years of journalistic experience from politics to racing.