With two victories to his name already and a runner-up result, Chase Briscoe is the top of the Xfinity Series class and heading to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend could help him get his third victory.
Briscoe is the highest returning finisher from last season’s championship race at the 1.5-mile track and claimed the final spot on the podium.
Briscoe won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and again in the return to racing at Darlington Raceway. He had an extremely strong showing at Atlanta last weekend, too, before a pit road speeding penalty ruined his day.
Homestead’s features are similar to Atlanta’s, which Briscoe tends to favor. Briscoe is ranked fourth for average running position with an average finish of 8.0. He also has the sixth-best driver rating at the track.
Briscoe has two Xfinity Series starts at Homestead and finished 13th in 2018 and third last season.
“I’m excited to race there in the heat of day. I always love when it’s hot and slick. It used to be we’d start the race in the afternoon, around the same time actually, but it was a different time of year, so it wasn’t as hot and we’d end the race at night. I’ve always said this style of track and racing suits my style best, and Homestead is my favorite racetrack. It’s a special place to me since that’s where I got my first NASCAR win. Hopefully, we can add two more wins with Ford Performance Racing School this weekend,” Briscoe said.
Early glance at Xfinity’s Driver Playoff Outlook
|Rank||Driver||Points||Race Wins||Stage Wins||Playoff Points||Points From Cutoff|
|1||Chase Briscoe||340||2||1||11||In On Wins|
|3||Harrison Burton #||308||1||0||5|
|10||Riley Herbst #||201||0||0||0||37|
There are currently only four drivers locked into the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs with wins. Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton and Brandon Jones.
Burton, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, is the highest-ranked rookie and has continued to have an exceptional season braking multiple records and has winning every weekly rookie award.
Briscoe and Gragson are both tied with two wins. Currently, there is one Ford, one Chevrolet and two Toyota’s locked into the Playoffs. Jones and Burton are both Joe Gibbs Racing drivers while Briscoe is the sole Stewart-Haas Racing driver and Gragson represents Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.
There are some new and unfamiliar faces in the current Playoff outlook, though. Riley Herbst is another Sunoco Rooke of the Year contender and is currently taking the 10th spot. Below him is Brandon Brown who runs the No. 68 for his own team, Brandonbilt Motorsports.
Brown has shown a lot of improvement this season, finishing in the top-10 three times, the most of any season prior. He finished seventh in the season-opening race at Daytona and finished eighth and seventh at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, respectively.
Josh Williams is tied with Michael Annett, who takes that final 12th spot in the Playoff picture with Myatt Snider and Alex Labbe following him in 14th and 15th.
Williams has had a career-best season with two top 10s in eight starts. He finished 10th at Auto Club Speedway and ninth at Bristol Motor Speedway. Prior to this season, Williams had only one top 10 in his five-year career.