An error from Chase Briscoe has put him in a must-win situation for the next race to advance into the Championship 4 race.
Briscoe has dug his own grave with an error-filled race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The No. 14 driver hit the wall in Turn 2 after getting loose on lap 161. The result of the impact created heavy damage to his car, thereby placing him under the Damaged Vehicle Policy.
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Furthermore, he couldn’t reach the minimum speed to go to the garage, resulting in a DNF, his first this season. As a result, he was placed 36th on the result sheet.
“The driver just made a mistake,” said Briscoe. “I was really, really loose that run. We were really tight every other run. That green-flag run, we tried to get really free on the other side of it… I was hanging on with everything I had. It felt like I was on ice.
“Honestly, I wasn’t even running hard,” he continued. “I was trying to just get to the caution. We kept getting freer. I got sideways and had the wheel all the way to the right and ended up head-on into the wall. It is really frustrating to have it be something of my own doing. I am better than…crashing by myself.”
The situation puts Briscoe in need of a win if he wishes to book a spot for the season finale. While his team tested the at Homestead a few weeks ago, it was surprising for him to see his team struggle on the same track.
“It is really unfortunate,” Briscoe continued. “It makes our job easier next week, I guess. We don’t have to worry about points. We (have) to go to Martinsville and win.”
He is the last driver in the standings, 44 points below the cutline.