On Sunday, Chase Briscoe wrapped up quite an adventurous week that began the Sunday before with him almost capturing his first NASCAR Cup Series win on his home track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, only to be penalized by NASCAR for his late-race move in overtime. He finished 26th.
The 26-year-old concluded the week with a solid 11th-place finish at Michigan. However, what happened after the race was also notable because it included his wife hilariously calling him out on social media after his karmic encounter with the police.
Chase Briscoe missed earning first Cup win at Indianapolis
Chase Briscoe could taste his first NASCAR Cup Series victory last Sunday on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his home track. After running near the front of the field for most of the race, the Indiana native started up in front with Denny Hamlin on the final restart.
Entering Turn 1, Hamlin exited wide and forced Briscoe into the grass. The rookie then made a left and continued through the grass, completely cutting off Turn 2. He returned to the track next to Hamlin, who took the lead. NASCAR issued a penalty to Briscoe for taking the shortcut, but before he served it, he spun out Hamlin, allowing A.J. Allmendinger to claim the lead and eventually win the race.
After the race, Hamlin confronted Briscoe on pit road about the incident, but, surprisingly, no blows were exchanged. Hamlin, who was gunning for his first win of the season before the spin, finished 23rd. NASCAR parked Briscoe, and he finished 26th.
Chase Briscoe received humbling dose of karma courtesy of his wife
On Sunday in Michigan, Briscoe rebounded from the tough ending at Indianapolis and finished 11th. Following the race, Briscoe and his wife Marissa had left Michigan International Speedway when the police pulled him over for speeding.
The Cup Series rookie driver posted a short video of the stop on Twitter that included a shot from the car’s rear camera with the flashing red and blue lights behind him.
“At least I wasn’t going 200 mph like earlier….” Briscoe tweeted.
Briscoe’s wife, Marissa, replied to his tweet and provided a little background on the situation.
“I told him about 8 times to slow down. I finally said ‘I hope you get pulled over,’ and so we did :),” she wrote.
2021 season has been a solid run for the rookie driver
Chase Briscoe had a dominant year in 2020 with the Xfinity Series, winning an impressive nine times. While no one expected him to come in and win right away with the Cup Series, he’s had a decent first year with the big boys.
Through 25 races, Briscoe, who is known for his road course talent, has three top-10 finishes, all of them on road courses. His best finish has been a sixth, and it’s happened twice in the inaugural race at Circuit of the Americas and at Road America. He finished ninth at Watkins Glen.
His 11th-place finish at Michigan equaled his previous best races on an oval, which came at both Talladega and Darlington.
This weekend Briscoe’s only chance of making the playoffs is by winning at Daytona. He finished 19th there in the opening race of the season. Whether he wins there or not will be determined by luck at the end of the race and how much speed he brings to the track. The real question is — what kind of speed will he be driving after he leaves the track?