Cup rookie Briscoe hits the road at Indy
NASCAR’s Cup Series has a fairly long and storied history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one that dates back to 1994 with the inaugural Brickyard 400. Now that race comes off the main track and onto its road course for the first time with the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard.
Airing Sunday, Aug. 15, on NBC, the race is run over 82 laps on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn course where the likes of Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Briscoe hope to continue their success on road courses.
Briscoe is a particularly intriguing case. A rookie to the Cup in 2021, the 26-year-old Indiana native had a strong record on road courses during his 2018-20 stint in the Xfinity Series, posting seven top-10 finishes in nine starts, including wins at Charlotte in 2018 and Indy last year.
But so far in 2021, that success hasn’t translated to the Cup, where he’s managed two sixth place finishes (at Circuit of the Americas in Texas and Road America in Wisconsin) to go along with a 17th at Sonoma and a 32nd at Daytona. Not embarrassing showings for the most part but certainly not what he had hoped for coming into the season.
Still, he has the experience of the Indy road course and that 2020 victory under his belt, which will certainly work to his advantage on Sunday. Should he win, he’d be the first Cup rookie to take the checkered flag in a road course race since Juan Pablo Montoya at Sonoma in 2007.
And thus make more Cup history at the fabled Brickyard.
Full name: Chase David Wayne Briscoe
Birth date: Dec. 15, 1994
Birthplace: Mitchell, Ind.
Height: 6 feet 1 inch
Team: Stewart-Hass Racing
Make: Ford Mustang
Honors and achievements: 2016 ARCA Racing Series champion; 2017 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year and Most Popular Driver awards; 2019 Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year