Sunday, July 28, 2019

Chase Briscoe took his first win of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series auto racing season on Saturday at the Iowa Speedway in Iowa, United States, passing Christopher Bell in the final laps after using pit strategy. This is Briscoe’s first win at an Xfinity Series race on a Midwestern US short track. He spent much of his early auto racing career on short tracks in the region.

Briscoe, 24, of Mitchell, Indiana, took his second career victory in his 36th series start. Bell was left in second place after leading 234 of the race’s 250 laps.

Bell was attempting to win his third Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway, and looked to do so for a significant portion of the race, leading 232 of the race’s first 240 laps. Briscoe used a late restart on lap 229 to work his way up from the fourth position, eventually getting past Bell and leading the final seven laps of the race. He credited his pit crew for saving his last set of tires for later in the race, as compared to other competitiors who were finishing the race on old, worn-out tires. With the win, Briscoe snapped the streak of the Xfinity Series’ “Big Three” of Bell, Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick, who had won nine of the series’ last ten races.

The race may have looked different, however, if all of regular players were there for the end. Twelve cars retired from the race, including three drivers currently in position to make the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs (Custer, Austin Cindric and Brandon Jones). While many of the DNFs were for routine issues like on-track scuffles or mechanical issues, one of them stuck out: Dillon Bassett, making his third series start, crashed into a cleanup truck while trying to enter pit road in the latter stages of the race. Bassett was forced to retire from the race from front-end damage resulting from the incident.

In part due to the attrition, a number of drivers scored career efforts. Shane Lee finished seventh, the first top-ten finish for team H2 Motorsports, who debuted at this track earlier this year. Ryan Vargas, making his series debut, finished seventeenth for JD Motorsports. In his first race with RSS Racing, Camden Murphy finished 24th for his best Xfinity Series finish.