Briscoe becomes Round of 8 bound as ‘Dega looms

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series returned to Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend, where Chase Briscoe was victorious, once again, and clinched his spot in the Round of 8 of the Playoffs.

Briscoe’s win marked the eighth of the season for him and the No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford team. Briscoe is the eighth different driver in series history to win eight or more races in a single season, and to boot, it is the second time this season that he won back-to-back races. He also swept the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race weekends in 2020, winning back in February too.

Briscoe’s dominance as not been surprising though, as he and his Ford teammate Austin Cindric, have won a large portion of the races (13) this season.

This weekend, the series heads to Talladega Superspeedway for the Ag-Pro 300 (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) on Saturday, October 3 to kick off a string of “Wild Card” races to end the season.

Expecting the unexpected is part of the game when racing at Talladega but Briscoe gets to head into the race weekend with a little less worry than the rest of the Playoff field fighting to make it to the next round.

Another driver looking forward to this weekend at Talladega is, Justin Haley, driver of the No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, the Playoff contender won at the Alabama track earlier this season. His Kaulig Racing teammate Ross Chastain finished behind him in second.

Cindric finished fourth earlier this season at Talladega and Noah Gragson finished 10th. The four of them were the only current Playoff drivers to finish in the top 10.

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