If things had gone a little differently, Chase Briscoe would have been driving for Hendrick Motorsports right now.
Briscoe has been driving in the Cup Series with Stewart-Haas Racing since 2021 when he replaced Clint Bowyer. But he was already driving for the organization since 2018 in the Xfinity Series. He has been the rookie of the year in all the top three NASCAR series.
The Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 14 Ford driver was wanted by Hendrick Motorsports early in his career. However, he recently revealed that due to a lack of sponsorship, the deal didn’t come through.
“I can’t remember what week it was — maybe Michigan or Watkins Glen or something — but I remember there was a rain delay in a Cup race, and Jeff was texting me about still trying to get me to Hendrick. But obviously, they needed some sponsorship money, and I didn’t have any sponsorship money to bring at the time,” Briscoe told The Athletic.
Briscoe had 3 top ten finishes for SHR in his rookie year. He improved last season as he got his first win for the team with 6 top-five and 10 top-ten finishes. This season hasn’t started so well for him as he had 35th and 20th place finishes in the first two races.
As Kevin Harvick is set to retire at the end of the season, Briscoe will be a major figure in the SHR teams.