The Kansas Lottery 300 was the first race of the Round of 8, and Chase Briscoe showed why he would be racing in the Cup Series in 2021
When Chase Briscoe moves up to the Cup Series, whatever team he winds up with better bring along his crew chief, Richard Boswell, and spotter Tim Fedewa. And make very sure he drives a Ford. Why? Because that combination is magic in the XFINITY Series. Briscoe notched win number nine in the Kansas Lottery 300. That puts him a win away from the XFINITY Series title in three weeks in Phoenix.
“First off, I just want to dedicate this to Brian Egans,” said Briscoe after he climbed out of his car. “He lost his life last week and was a close family friend’s brother-in-law. I am happy we got him in victory lane. I am super happy to be locked into Phoenix. It is going to be a lot less stressful the next two weeks. That will be nice. I can’t say thank you enough to everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing. This Ford Performance Racing School Mustang was lights-out. This is the car we had at Vegas. I want to take it to Phoenix because of how good it was. It is so cool to get all our partners in victory lane. HighPoint.com, Fields Production Alliance Group, Mobil 1, Go Bowling. It has been an unbelievable year but we have three more to go get.”
With his victory, that’s the most at this point in an Xfinity season for any driver that doesn’t compete in the Cup Series. Additionally, he passes Carl Edwards for the most victories in the XFINITY Series in a Ford.
“I was so close down the backstretch when Noah (Gragson) and Austin (Cindric) and them guys crashed,” he said. “Honestly Austin, I don’t know how he kept it going straight. He was wrecked in front of me three or four times. That is a good thing that my Ford Performance teammate kept it straight because we were definitely in that one and that would have ended our night. I am looking forward to going to Texas with no stress.”
Briscoe topped runner-up Daniel Hemric by 1.199 and is the first to punch his ticket to the Championship Four that will race for the title in three weeks at Phoenix.
Rounding out the top ten were Ryan Sieg, Justin Haley, Austin Hill, Josh Williams, Brett Moffitt, Michael Annett, Brandon Jones, and Justin Allgaier.
The playoff standings look like this: Briscoe (automatically advances with the win), Justin Allgaier (+11), Brandon Jones (+9), Austin Cindric (+2). Thos below the cut line is Justin Haley (-2), Ross Chastain (-12), Ryan Sieg (-17), and Noah Gragson (-33).
KANSAS LOTTERY 300 OPENING LAP
LAP 1 of 200 (300 miles): All cars cleared in tech inspection. There will be a competition caution at Lap 20, with each team allotted five sets of tires. Brett Moffitt, fresh off his win in the Gander Trucks race earlier in the day, was doing double duty in the Kansas Lottery 300. The No. 66 of Stephen Leicht headed to the garage as cars rolled off pit row. Noah Gragson (No. 9 Camaro – pole) and Austin Cindric (No. 22 Mustang) led a field of 36 to the green flag. Non-playoff drivers Daniel Hemric (P3) and Alex Labbe (P10) started inside the top-ten. Green flag at 7:03 p.m. ET.
KANSAS LOTTERY 300 STAGE 1
LAP 9: Matt Mills spins in Turn 2 for the first caution. Stephen Leicht gets the free pass.
LAP 14: Heavy damage to two playoff drivers’ cars. Noah Gragson touches the back of Austin Cindric with both pushing up against the outside wall. They barely miss points leader Chase Briscoe but caught the back of Ross Chastain. The accident happened just after the restart, where the leaders went four wide, with Chastain emerging as the leader. Others involved were Anthony Alfredo, Brandon Brown, Tommy Joe Martins, and Michael Annett. Gragson is out of the race. Stephen Leicht collects another free pass.
LAP 25: Competition Caution. Austin Cindric gets a free pass while sitting on pit row as his crew is making repairs on his car. Briscoe maintains his lead and is up by a second over Brandon Jones.
LAP 45: End Stage 1: Chase Briscoe wins the stage by more than three seconds over Brandon Jones. It was his eleventh stage win of the year and sixth in the last seven. Austin Cindric returned to the race but is 19-laps back in P35, although Ryan Vargas and Vinny Miller are in the garage, so he could pick up more points if they don’t return to the track. Josh Reaume gets the Lucky Dog.
LAP 51: Jeffrey Earnhardt sent into a spin after Joe Graf Jr. hits him squarely in the back in Turn 3. Earnhardt would hit Timmy Hill in the passenger side door because of the contact. A Kody Vanderwal spin initially caused the caution, and David Starr suffered damage. Daniel Hemric is back on the lead lap with the free pass. Briscoe takes command on the restart and is the only Ford in the top-30.
KANSAS LOTTERY 300 STAGE 2
LAP 90: End Stage 2. Chase Briscoe continues to dominate, sweeping both stages for the third time in the last four races. Brandon Jones seemed to close the gap a little because he was only behind by 1.167-seconds. Joe Graf Jr. is the free pass. There will be more laps left at the restart, 104, than stages one and two combined, 90. Briscoe to the point once again.
KANSAS LOTTERY 300 STAGE 3
LAP 143: Green flag stops begin with Briscoe holding a two-second advantage over Brandon Jones. Briscoe and Jones come in for service at Lap 148. All cars at this point can make it to the end on fuel.
LAP 155: Ryan Sieg was in the lead because he was the only lead lap car that didn’t pit, and when the caution came out for a Josh Reaume spin in Turn 4, his gamble to stay out paid dividends. Seig had to pit this time around, giving the lead back to Briscoe. At that point, he had led a race-high 127 laps. Josh Haley and Brett Moffitt also came down for fresh tires. Brandon Brown gets the free pass leaving only 14 cars on the lead lap. Sieg restarts ninth.
LAP 167: Caution. Anthony Alfredo gets into the back of Ross Chastain. Harrison Burton spins, trying to avoid the two cars. Josh Williams gets the free pass. 14 cars on the lead lap on the restart at Lap 172.
LAP 172: Major wreck as Anthony Alfredo goes airborne and flips on his roof. **RED FLAG** The safety crew could not extricate him and had to flip the car back on its wheels to do it. Once that happened, Alfredo was able to climb out on his own. Justin Allgaier went down onto the banking four wide, and when he tried to get back on the track, he lost control, hitting Alfredo, sending him hard into the wall. In the crash, he also took out Riley Herbst and Brandon Brown. Brandon Jones was clipped and spun as well and will come in to have the back end fixed. RED FLAG LIFTED after 12 minutes and 20 seconds.
KANSAS LOTTERY 300 FINAL LAPS
Lap 177 (23 to go): Chase Briscoe, who dominated most of the race, restarted P8 as Ryan Sieg is on the point. In one lap, Briscoe is up to P2 and regains the top spot with 21 to go. It was his race to lose at this point.
LAP 190 (10 to go): Myatt Snider spins in Turn 2. Ryan Sieg, who was running second, came in for his final set of tires. Chase Briscoe will restart next to Justin Haley, who is seeking his fourth victory. Meanwhile, Sieg will restart P10 with the freshest tires of all the leaders. Four lap shootout. Briscoe rushes out to the lead again, but now he is being hunted by Daniel Hemric, who could not catch him.
STAGE 1-2 TOP 10 FINISHERS – LAPS 45 / 90
1 – Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, Harrison Burton, Anthony Alfredo, Ross Chastain, Riley Herbst, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Sieg, Brandon Brown, Justin Haley
2 – Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, Anthony Alfredo, Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain, Riley Herbst, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Sieg, Brett Moffitt, Austin Hill
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