Congratulations to Chase Briscoe on his first win at the Cup level. With it, he now holds the distinction of being NASCAR Cup’s 200th different winner in the Series since it’s inception in 1949. After Austin Cendric opened the season with his win at Daytona to become No. 199, the question was asked who would become No. 200 and would it happen on the Western Swing?
Sunday those questions were answered.
Surprisingly, it would, as Briscoe led three times for 101 laps on his way to his first Cup career win, finishing .771 seconds ahead of No. 200 contender Ross Chastain. Contender Tyler Reddick rounded at the top three as the trio assured the distinction of No. 200 would be crowned at Phoenix Raceway before the Series returned East.
On his way to victory, Briscoe took the lead from Chase Elliott on the next to last restart on lap 230, led 82 of the final 83 laps, only relinquishing the lead to Ryan Blaney under the next to last caution because Chase pitted on one side of the Start/Finish line and Ryan passed him on his way to Pit Stall #1 for his service. Briscoe survived that restart and another one 18 laps later which set up the two-lap shootout to take home the win.
Briscoe’s win was the first for Stewart Haas Racing since Aric Almirola won at Loudon last July. It was the first for the No. 14 team since Clint Bowyer drove it to Victory Lane at Michigan in June of 2018. Again, it was Briscoe’s first in 40 Cup starts.
Congratulations to Chase Briscoe and the entire Stewart Haas Racing organization for this historic achievement. May there be many more wins in your future.
Now the next question… who will be No. 201?
Put your picks below and let’s watch to see what happens next!
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