ATLANTA – Chase Briscoe earned his 15th top 15 of the season, and it came in his second career NASCAR Cup Series start at Atlanta.
Briscoe was the highest finishing NASCAR Cup Series rookie for the 17th time this season.
” I felt like our One Cure Ford Mustang was a little better than where we finished, but we worked on it all day, and it definitely was better toward the end. It wasn’t one of our best tracks, but we improved and came out better than we were, and I’m proud of the team for sticking with it. We may have some work to do at New Hampshire, but I’ll be ready for the road courses when we come back from the break-in a few weeks,”
In the first 80 laps, Chase Briscoe started 11th and finished 17th with a caution on lap 25. Briscoe was reporting his One Cure Ford Mustang was tight on the corners. He pitted from the 25th position for tires, fuel, and adjustments and restarted at 19th on lap 30.
Just two laps later, the yellow flag waved again. Briscoe said the adjustments hurt his restart, sending his car into a four-wheel slide. He stayed on track to restart 19th on lap 36.
During the long green-flag run that closed out the stage. Briscoe radioed that his balance was much better. When the stage ended he asked for air pressure, and wedge adjustments to help fire off the start of a run.
After pitting at the break for four tires, fuel and adjustments the No. 14 Ford Mustang lined up 12th for the start of the 81 lap.
By the final stage of lap number 260 laps, Briscoe finished off 15th. Before cars were able to take the green for the start of the final stage, the field was red-flagged on lap162 as workers began to repair a hole that formed on the track surface.
When the race returned to green Briscoe restarted 13th but ended up in a four-wide battle on lap 171. He settled into 16th before trading the 15th position with teammate Kevin Harvick.
On lap 213 Briscoe had already, driven his way to 17th. He maintained that position until, with five laps to go, Briscoe powered into the top 15, where he finished the day.
The next NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on July 18 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. the race starts at 3:00 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and Sirus XM NASCAR Radio.