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Dominating: Chase Briscoe crushes the field in the Alsco 300

Chase Briscoe, on his way to winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Credit: 368661Chris Graythen/Getty Images via NASCAR Media

The win for Chase Briscoe was one for the books as he sweeps both stages and wins the Alsco 300, pulling away at the end

Chase Briscoe said that eight wins would be his calling card to teams in the Cup Series. He can now hand out those cards to anyone who may have a seat available in 2021 after winning the Alsco 300 in one of the most dominating performances this year. Briscoe is driving for Stewart-Hass Racing, but he is under contract with Ford, so if SHR isn’t interested, you can bet those with the Blue Oval on their cars will.

The 25-year old Indiana native won both stages before taking the checkers, winning both events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this season. Briscoe has locked himself into the next round with two races left in the Round of 12.

“First off, an incredible car by everybody at Stewart-Haas,” Briscoe said after climbing out of his car. “That made my job way too easy, honestly. It was a super fast Fields Ford Mustang and I am happy to get them in victory lane. This is the only race they do all year. The restart, I knew if I could take the lead on the restart I would be okay but I was spinning the tires so bad all night for whatever reason. I guess that Roush Yates horsepower. I am happy to get all our partners back in victory lane. We have had a lot of wins this year but this is by far our most dominant car and I am so glad I can sleep a little easier this week going into Talladega and the Roval and just enjoy them.”

SOLID NIGHT FOR GRAGSON

Noah Gragson made a big run on Briscoe on the final restart with nine to go, going door to door after the green flag waved, but he didn’t have enough to stay with him down the stretch. The No. 98 just kept pulling away from the field, winning by 1.370-seconds. It was his second straight trip to the winner’s circle after capturing the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway a week ago.

“Good day for us overall,” said Gragson. “I felt like we were really good, the best I’ve ever been here,” Gragson said. “I just didn’t have anything for the 98 — a lot of race cars out here and only one space shuttle.”

Briscoe is in rarefied air, becoming just the third driver in XFINITY Series history to have won eight times through 27 races along with Jack Ingram and Sam Ard, who both did it in 1984.

Rounding out the top-ten were Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Sieg, Austin Cindric, Michael Annett, Anthony Alfredo, Harrison Burton, and Justin Haley. There were sixteen cars on the lead lap at the end with all playoff drivers inside it.

The four drivers that are currently outside of the transfer spot for the Round of 8 are Ross Chastain (-2) behind Harrison Burton in eighth, Michael Annett (-10), Riley Herbst (-14), and Brandon Brown (-20).

PRERACE NOTES

Cars to the back: Dexter Bean (No. 90 Camaro), Jesse Little (No. 4 Camaro), and Austin Hill (No. 61 Supra) all failed tech inspection twice. Each will lose pit stall selection in the next race.

One might have expected the dozen playoff drivers to start P1-12, but starting eighth was Anthony Alfredo (No. 21 Camaro). Michael Annett (No. 1 Camaro) is back to P13. The reason, according to NASCAR reporter, Fox Sports, Bob Pockrass, is the Richard Childress Racing No. 21 is in the owners’ playoffs, so they start among the 12 drivers who are eligible for the driver’s title.

ALSCO 300 STAGE 1

LAP 1 (of 200): Chase Briscoe (pole, No. 98 Mustang), and Austin Cindric (No. 22 Mustang) lead the field to the green flag. They are driving the only two Fords in the field. Combined, they have a dozen wins in 26 XFINITY Series races this year. Two playoff drivers, Noah Gragson (No. 9 Camaro) and Riley Herbst (No. 18 Supra), are Las Vegas natives and started P6 and P9, respectively. Green Flag at 7:50 p.m. ET.

LAP 7: Kyle Weatherman (No. 47 Camaro) tags the inside wall on the frontstretch to bring out the first caution. He ended up blocking the pace car, forcing NASCAR to use a tow truck initially. Matt Mills (No. 5 Camaro) gets the first Lucky Dog. Restart Lap 14.

LAP 18 (Becomes Competition Caution): Friday’s Gander Trucks winner, Austin Hill (No. 61 Supra), gets loose and spins in Turn 2 but avoids hitting anything. Matt Mills gets the second free pass of the evening. Restart Lap 24.

LAP 45: End Stage 1. Chase Briscoe wraps up his sixth stage win of the year after retaking the lead with six to go. He is looking to sweep both Las Vegas events and was first in the race off pit row. Ryan Sieg picks up one spot getting out second. Alfredo is the only non-playoff driver in the top-ten (P5) before stops. Bayley Currey (No. 74 Camaro) receives the free pass. Restart Lap 52.

ALSCO 300 STAGE 2

LAP 90: End Stage 2. Clean and green throughout as Briscoe is making a case that he can win his eighth of the season after claiming his seventh stage victory. It was the first time in his career he has swept both stages. Alfredo, again, lands in the top-five. He entered the race with seven top-tens in his 15 previous starts. Daniel Hemric joined Alfredo as a non-playoff driver in the top-ten. Ross Chastain fell out of the top-ten as his car is not the same after hitting the wall just before the end of the first stage.

Briscoe once again first out of pit row. Brandon Jones picked up two spots to fourth, and Harrison Burton three to get P8. After two stages, bubble drivers were Harrison Burton (-2), Riley Herbst (-15), Michael Annett (-18), and Brandon Brown (-23). Stefan Parsons is the Lucky Dog. Restart Lap 97 (103 to go) with just eighteen cars on the lead lap.

ALSCO 300 STAGE 3

LAP 115: Justin Allgaier climbs into the top-five for the first time (P4) but is six-seconds off the pace. Briscoe has a two-second lead on Noah Gragson. Cindric third and Brandon Jones fifth.

LAP 145 (55 to go): Briscoe lead stretched out to six-seconds as green-flag pit stops begin. He led 121 laps when he came in for tires and fuel. Ryan Sieg had a long stop as he slid through his stall and had to back up before his crew could work on his No. 39 Camaro. Briscoe was running P2 as the only car that had not pitted was Michael Annett.

LAP 155: A loose tire belonging to Joe Graf Jr. rolled into the grass in front of pit row, bringing out a caution. Michael Annett, who did not pit under green, was the race leader when the yellow flag came out. He stopped this time as Briscoe retakes the point. Cindric is P2. With Brandon Brown getting the free pass, there were just 15 cars, including all twelve playoff drivers, on the lead lap going to green at Lap 161 (39 to go).

LAP 186: Alex Labbe slowed on the track and looked like he could get back to pit row but came to a stop at the top of it, bringing out a caution. Most of the leaders had one set of tires left, and they would come in to get them put on. Once again, Briscoe leads the pack to the green, and despite an initial challenge from Noah Gragson, the No. 98 just pulled away for the win.

STAGE 1-2 TOP 10 FINISHERS – LAPS 45 / 90

1 – Chase Briscoe (10 points plus bonus), Chastain (9), Sieg (8), Gragson (7), Alfredo (6), Haley (5), Cindric (4), Hemric (3), B Jones (2), Herbst (1).
2 – Chase Briscoe (10 points plus bonus), Gragson (9), Cindric (8), Sieg (7), Alfredo (6), B Jones (5), Haley (4), Hemric (3), Allgaier (2), Herbst (1).

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