Chase Briscoe earns first Cup win at Phoenix Raceway

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Chase Briscoe dreamed of being a NASCAR driver but didn’t always believe it would happen.

“I never in a million years thought I would even run a single Truck (Series) race,” Briscoe said.

Wheeling his idol Tony Stewart’s famed No. 14 Ford, Briscoe fended off a fierce charge from Ross Chastain and Tyler Reddick on the final restart to earn his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory in Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway.

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Briscoe, the second-year driver for Stewart-Haas Racing, controlled the restart with three laps to go following a spin by Chase Elliott at lap 305. With Chastain and Reddick in hot pursuit at the green flag, Briscoe blocked low exiting the dogleg, covering any move to his from behind.

Chastain, Reddick and Ryan Blaney battled three-wide for second, but Briscoe was clear by the exit of Turn 2 and powered away for the win. Briscoe becomes the 200th different race winner in the NASCAR Cup Series.

“That’s unbelievable,” Briscoe told FOX Sports. “I was crying the whole last lap. I mean this is definitely a team win, but I have to thank everybody that’s gotten me to this point. Seven years ago, I was sleeping on couches, volunteering at race shops and was literally driving home to give up. (Late ARCA team owner) Briggs Cunningham, Kerry Scherer and Beth Cunningham, they gave me an opportunity and it’s led to this.

“I am so blessed to be driving at the organization, the team, the car that was my hero growing up. To get this 14 back in Victory Lane, to do it with Mahindra Tractors, their first year in the sport, everybody that’s believed in me. It’s unbelievable.”

The win only added to a great Sunday for Briscoe’s car owner. Tony Stewart also earned his first victory as an NHRA team owner with driver Matt Hagan at the Gatornationals in Gainsville. Florida.

Briscoe, who led 101 laps Sunday, was challenged on multiple late restarts. After a restart at lap 293 of 312, Briscoe escaped with the lead but not after daring racing with Reddick. The two fought side-by-side for a couple laps before Reddick slid back.

As the laps wound down, Reddick appeared to be reeling in Briscoe. But Elliott’s spin negated the charge.

Blaney appeared to have the strongest car in the race through much of the event, leading a race-high 143 laps. But troubles on pit road cost the No. 12 team. After winning the second stage, Blaney backslid to fourth on pit road but worked his way back to third. The next round of stops cost Blaney another six spots after the right-rear tire changer had difficulty with the lug nut.

Rounding out the top five behind Briscoe were Chastain, Reddick, Blaney and Kurt Busch. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez and Chris Buescher completed the top 10.

Harvick’s sixth-place finish was his 18th straight top-10 finish at Phoenix, tying seven-time Cup champions Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for the most consecutive top 10s at one track, both achieving so at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

Entering Turn 3 on the final lap, Daniel Suarez blocked an inside run by Kyle Busch. Contact between the two sent Suarez up and into Austin Dillon, who backed into the outside retaining wall.

Stage 1 winner: William Byron

Stage 2 winner: Ryan Blaney

Who had a good race: Ross Chastain scored his second straight top-five finish, following up last week’s third-place effort at Las Vegas with a runner-up finish in Phoenix. … Tyler Reddick had an issue-free weekend after a West Coast Swing full of fast cars and underwhelming results. His third-place finish is his first top five of the year after leading 90 laps at Auto Club two weeks ago. … Kurt Busch took advantage of those late-race restarts to climb to a fifth-place finish, his first top five with 23XI Racing. He’s now scored top-20 finishes in each of the season’s first four races.

Who had a bad race: Phoenix Raceway’s 2021 winners had miserable days Sunday and didn’t even see the checkered flag. Martin Truex Jr., last spring’s winner, crashed at the exit of Turn 2 Sunday and destroyed the right front of his race car at lap 219, plummeting him to a 35th-place finish and first DNF of the year. … Twenty laps later, defending champion Kyle Larson broke a valve spring and ended his day with his second DNF in four races.

Noteable: Ryan Blaney’s 143 laps led mark the 13th time he has led at least 64 laps and not gone on to win. … Aric Almirola‘s top-10 streak ends at five dating back to last season. The No. 10 Ford finished 12th Sunday. … None of Hendrick Motorsports’ four cars finished inside the top 10, marking the first time that’s happened since Talladega in October 2021.

Next race: The series will compete March 20 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET on FOX).

Monday Charlotte Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather


Charlotte Motor Speedway’s rescheduled NASCAR Xfinity Series race is set for an 11 a.m. start Monday.

The race originally was scheduled Saturday, but was postponed by weather to noon Monday. After Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 Cup Series race also was postponed to Monday, the Xfinity Series race was moved to an 11 a.m. start.

A look at the Monday Xfinity schedule:

Details for Monday’s Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 11:01 a.m. by representatives of race sponsor Alsco Uniforms … The green flag is scheduled to be waved at 11:12 a.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opened at 8 a.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) on the 1.5-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 45. Stage 2 ends at Lap 90.

STARTING LINEUP: Charlotte Xfinity starting lineup (Justin Haley will replace Kyle Busch in the No. 10 Kaulig Racing car).

TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race at 11 a.m. … Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 11 a.m. and can be heard on … SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.


FORECAST: Weather Underground — The forecast calls for overcast skies with a high of 71. There is a 15% chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Josh Berry won last May’s Xfinity race. Ty Gibbs was second and Sam Mayer third.

Justin Haley replaces Kyle Busch in Kaulig car for Xfinity race


Justin Haley will drive Kaulig Racing’s No. 10 car in Monday morning’s scheduled NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Haley replaces Cup Series regular Kyle Busch, who was scheduled to drive for Kaulig in the 300-miler. The race was postponed from Saturday to Monday because of weather, giving NASCAR a 900-mile doubleheader at the track.

Busch decided to concentrate on the Coca-Cola 600 Cup race, scheduled for a  3 p.m. start.

Haley also will race in the 600.

Ty Gibbs is scheduled to run in both races.

Charlotte Cup race postponed to Monday by weather


CONCORD, N.C. — All-day rain Sunday forced the postponement of the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup Series race to Monday.

The postponement means that Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled to host 900 miles of stock car racing Monday. A 300-mile Xfinity Series race, originally scheduled Saturday and first postponed to noon Monday, has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. ET Monday (FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The Cup race is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. (Fox, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Sunday’s Cup race was scheduled to start at 6:21 p.m. ET, but light rain was still falling at that time in the speedway area near Charlotte. Rain intensified a few minutes later and, despite an evening forecast that showed slight improvement, officials decided at 6:30 p.m. to postpone the race.

Monday’s forecast calls for a 34% chance of rain at the start of the Xfinity race and a 30% chance at the start of the Cup race.

William Byron will start the race from the pole after qualifying was washed out Saturday night.

RFK Racing gains sponsorship from submarine recruiting group


CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR racing and submarines? Yes.

RFK Racing announced Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway that it has entered a partnership with BlueForge Alliance, which is involved in securing workers for the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Industrial Base (SIB) program. will be a primary sponsor for RFK drivers Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher in 10 Cup Series races this year and in 18 races per season beginning in 2024.

The sponsorship will showcase the careers related to the submarine-building program across the nation.

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“I’m proud to support a cause of such vital significance to our country with this new partnership,” Keselowski said. “The synergies between a NASCAR team and our military’s needs to stay on track fast are countless. We hope to inspire the workforce of the next generation across the country when they see RFK race and hear our message.”

The sponsorship will support the mission to recruit, hire, train, develop and retain the SIB workforce that will build the Navy’s next generation of submarines, the team said.

“We are excited and grateful to be teaming with RFK Racing to drive awareness of the thousands of steady, well-paying manufacturing jobs available across the nation. Innovation, working with purpose and service to others are hallmarks of both of our organizations,” said Kiley Wren, BlueForge chief executive. “Together, we aim to inspire NASCAR fans and all Americans to pursue career opportunities that will support our national defense.”