Chase Briscoe takes Xfinity career at Pocono

Pocono became the first NASCAR track to host a truck race, another Xfinity race, and also the Cup race the same day.


Chase Briscoe withstood Ross Chastain's onslaught in overtime to win an accident-ridden Xfinity Series race at the Pocono Raceway. It was the second of three NASCAR races on the same track on Sunday.

Pocono became the first track to hold a Truck race, another Xfinity race and also the Cup race the same day. Chastain and Briscoe exchanged leadership in a highly competitive battle on the stage until a ninth precaution grabbed the field and sent the race into overtime.

But Briscoe gained the ultimate advantage in his 98th Ford car and won his fourth race of the season and the second in three races. Chastain, who finished second, also won the $ 100,000 Dash 4 Cash award given to the best classifier among the four eligible drivers. Jeremy Clements was third, followed by Myatt Snider and Michael Annett.

Pocono became an accident festival for the second consecutive race, as the nine warnings that tied the Truck record together with those of Xfinity.

There was a large accident within the remaining 40 laps that brought together several contenders for the checkered flag and rocked a serious race. Stage winners Austin Cindric and Justin Allgaier were caught in the crash, as were pole-winner Noah Gragson Daniel Hemric and Ryan Sieg.

Briscoe regrouped after turning the lead due to a tire problem at the end of the race. The 25-year-old Briscoe is now halfway through his preseason goal of eight wins.

Pickup truck winner Brandon Jones crashed into the wall on the first lap and had to abandon the race. More drivers followed, and the race was stopped for 21 minutes with just 16 full laps. Alex Labbe went against the wall moments after the race resumed.

Harrison Burton, who has two Xfinity wins this season, took a brutal hit on the inside wall. Justin Haley received a rare penalty when NASCAR stopped him for two laps for aggressive driving after hitting Riley Herbst on the main straight.

Haley insisted on the team's radio that the hit was unintentional, although the two have struggled on the track a few times this season. Haley and his crew chief were called to meet NASCAR after the race.



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