ARCA Racing Series
Mitchell, Ind.’s Briscoe
the one to catch this season
He will try to win the Crosley Brands 150
at Sparta in Sept.
(September 2016) – Chase Briscoe made his ARCA Racing Series debut in the “Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200” at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis in July 2015. At the tender age of 21, he has gained four straight ARCA wins to dominate the field this season.
Briscoe achieved the milestone by pulling away on a late start at Pocono Raceway. The Mitchell, Ind., native dominated the 60-lap race on the 2.5-mile triangle in Cunningham Motorsports’ No. 77 Ford. His other wins have come at Winchester, Iowa and Clermont.
Briscoe is the first ARCA driver to win four straight races since Parker Kligerman in 2009. Jack Bowsher set the series record in 1965 with six wins in a row in a 25-victory season. Harold Smith (1961), Bruce Gould (1973) and Tim Steele (1997) each won five straight.
Briscoe will race at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., on Friday, Sept. 23, in the ARCA Racing Series’ Crosley Brands 150. The green flag falls at 8 p.m.
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Reed, in a Lira Motorsports Ford, won last year’s Crosley 150. Three-time ARCA Racing Series champion Tim Steele won the inaugural ARCA race at Kentucky. From there the list of ARCA winners at Kentucky includes Ryan Newman, Frank Kimmel, Kyle Busch, Steve Wallace, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Michael McDowell, James Buescher, Corey LaJoie, Parker Kligerman, Brennan Poole and Reed to name a few.
Kimmel will be making his 23rd appearance at the Kentucky Speedway. Kimmel, the 10-time ARCA Racing Series champion, is the all-time Kentucky winner with four victories - his last win there in 2005. Kimmel, the all-time ARCA winner with 80 victories, is also the all-time lap leader at Kentucky, with 557 laps led in 12 races.
Chase Briscoe was leading the ARCA Racing points race in late August.
Previously, Briscoe was a volunteer at Cunningham Motorsports hoping to get his foot in the door. An open-wheel dirt sprint car racer by trade, Briscoe was offered a two-race deal in 2015.
As the leading SCOTT Rookie of the Year contender, he is also on the Valvoline Lap Leader board with 624 laps led, the Short Track Challenge presented by Protect Plus and the Bill France 4 Crown title. Briscoe finished second at Michigan and Berlin, and third at Talladega, fourth at Daytona, fourth at Toledo, fourth in his road course debut at New Jersey, sixth at Madison, ninth at Nashville and 10th at Pocono. His only finish outside the top-10 came at Salem where he fell out with four laps remaining from mechanical issues.
He made his ARCA Racing Series debut with Cunningham Motorsports at Lucas Oil Raceway, finishing 10th after qualifying fifth. This race is part of the Brickyard 400 weekend in Indianapolis, with 200 laps around a 5/8 mile oval. In September 2015, he finished a career-best fifth at Salem Speedway after qualifying seventh.
Because of his solid performance in 2015 and the potential car owners Briggs Cunningham and Kerry Scherer saw in him, Briscoe was offered a full-time ride in the No. 77 Big Tine Cunningham Ford for the 2016 season. Briscoe jumped at the opportunity.
“We are excited to have Chase run our No. 77 next season,” said Kerry Scherer, co-owner of Cunningham Motorsports, when the announcement was made in late 2015.
“In the two races that he ran last season, we saw exactly what he could do in our cars. The team and I look forward to running for another Rookie of the Year this season with Briscoe.”
The Cunningham organization has captured five of the last seven ARCA SCOTT Rookie of the Year titles. After his first 14 races, Briscoe found himself atop the championship standings. He also tops the Menards Pole presented by Ansell with five poles at Nashville (NTR), Salem, and Toledo.
“It’s absolutely amazing to know that I am going to be running full-time for Cunningham Motorsports,” Briscoe has been quoted as saying. “It’s a one in a million opportunity to go from being a local Indiana sprint car driver to running for the championship and trying to win the Rookie of the Year to keep Cunningham’s streak alive.“
Briscoe joined his team at Daytona International Speedway when the ARCA teams began their 2016 season with an open test on Jan. 15, 2016. In anticipation he said, “I have been dreaming of running Daytona ever since I was a little boy. I am sure at the test I will be smiling the first lap or two around the track. I’m so excited to see how this season goes and hopefully my team and I can get the organization its first championship.”
This is the culmination of a three-year effort by Briscoe to ascend the stock car racing ladder after a productive young career in Indiana Sprint Cars.
After finishing runner-up in the inaugural televised PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge, Briscoe made three NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West starts in 2013. He qualified in the top-ten twice and scored a best finish of eighth at Albuquerque, New Mexico in his first three ever stock car starts.
Briscoe decided to relocate to Concord, NC. “It’s a tough balance between being down (in North Carolina) working at the shop and driving back to the Midwest to race,” he said. “But getting the opportunity I have been given has made it all worth it.”
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