Briscoe races to first Cup win, pulls away late in Phoenix |

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Chase Briscoe jumped out of his car and was naturally emotional, kneeling by his No. 14 for a few seconds ahead of a few voice cracks for the duration of his postrace television interview.

The 27-yr-outdated Briscoe took his lumps past time as a NASCAR Cup Series rookie. Now, he’s a winner.

“It’s unbelievable — I was crying the entire very last lap,” Briscoe explained.

Briscoe raced to his to start with Cup Sequence victory, executing two excellent restarts in excess of the closing 20 laps to pull away from Ross Chastain and Tyler Reddick on Sunday at Phoenix Raceway. Briscoe’s childhood idol was NASCAR great Tony Stewart and the Indiana native now drives Stewart’s car for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Briscoe channeled some of Stewart’s late-race moxie during an powerful fight concerning a few motorists who had in no way received in the Cup Collection. It’s much more evidence of the parity across the sequence in the Upcoming Gen cars, with 4 drivers profitable the 1st 4 races this season.

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Chastain and Reddick — each driving Chevrolets — created points appealing in excess of the remaining laps but Briscoe’s Ford was only also solid. On the closing restart with four laps still left, the 27-year-outdated Briscoe begun on the within, dipped reduced on the dogleg apron, and was equipped to hold off the rest of the industry.

Briscoe was one particular of the major drivers in the Xfinity Series in 2019 and 2020 prior to receiving the invitation from Stewart-Haas Racing to just take above the No. 14. He had just three leading 10s as a rookie and finished 23rd in the time standings.

But bought off to a great get started this year with a 3rd-put complete at Daytona in February.

“You get humbled definitely quickly in the Cup Series and master just how good everyone is,” Briscoe said. “These fellas, even who are managing 30th, are some of the ideal race car motorists in the world. You study genuinely swiftly you’ve got received to go to get the job done and figure it out.”

Briscoe — who mentioned Phoenix was 1 of his minimum-preferred tracks prior to his Sunday achievements — acknowledged there ended up some white-knuckle times late, primarily on the restarts.

Even nevertheless he did not get the win, it was a breakthrough for Chastain’s TrackHouse Racing workforce. Chastain credited crew chief Phil Surgen for giving him with a car that was snug operating up front.

“He gave me particularly what I desired,” Chastain said. “We came up a person spot small. But I’m so content.”

Reddick’s been amid the swiftest motorists in the Cup Sequence all season but fell just small of his 1st gain. He battled leg numbness in the Next Gen car in excess of the 1st couple weeks but didn’t seem to have any complications Sunday. He’s had two straight leading 10 finishes soon after ending seventh at Las Vegas very last 7 days.

Ryan Blaney begun on the pole and dominated the 1st 50 percent of the race, profitable the second stage just after top 138 of the very first 185 laps. He settled for fourth. Kurt Busch was fifth.

Kyle Larson received the collection championship very last year immediately after a tumble victory at Phoenix, but engine issues finished his working day early. He finished 34th. It was the finish of a disheartening day for Larson, who experienced seventh but had to go to the rear of the setting up grid simply because of unapproved steering wheel alterations.

Harrison Burton (unapproved changes) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (engine) also began from the again.

One particular of the warm subjects in advance of the race was how significantly drivers would use the 110-foot wide apron on Phoenix Raceway’s dogleg switch.

Most mentioned they would wait to see how many others fared with the Future Gen car. The waiting around failed to acquire extensive: Kyle Busch plunged down on to the apron on the opening handful of laps, finding up some spots in the process. From that place forward, it was business as typical with several cars on the apron, particularly on restarts.

Tony Stewart’s workforce not only gained a Cup Sequence race on Sunday, but also was victorious in drag racing.

A few-time Humorous Car season champion Matt Hagan gave Tony Stewart Racing its very first NHRA Tenting Planet Drag Racing Collection get in the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. Briscoe claimed he briefly talked to Stewart by telephone following his acquire in Phoenix.

“He was pretty enthusiastic,” Briscoe claimed. “You could listen to dragsters likely off in the track record. I just told him, ‘Thank you.’”

Veteran Kevin Harvick — who has won nine occasions in Phoenix — couldn’t locate victory lane Sunday. But he did complete in sixth spot, which was his 18th straight top 10 at the track.

That tied Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most prime 10s in a row at a person keep track of.

There was a planned levels of competition warning at Lap 25, which was about midway via the initial stage. Hamlin, Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Michael McDowell ended up all penalized for dashing on pit highway during the caution. … William Byron gained stage just one, which was 60 laps. It was his ninth job phase earn. … Martin Truex Jr., who won final season’s Phoenix spring race, concluded 35th right after a flat tire prompted him to smack the wall in Change 2. … The closing restart in every single of the four Cup races this year has appear with four or fewer laps remaining. … Briscoe is the Cup Series’ 200th winner.

UP Subsequent: Now that the annual three-week West Coast swing is more than, the collection moves back throughout the nation to Atlanta Motor Speedway subsequent weekend.

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