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Chase Briscoe Captures Xfinity Win at Bristol as Austin Cindric’s Power Steering Fails

Chase Briscoe is back to his winning ways.

He may not have had the fastest car at Bristol Motor Speedway, but circumstances prevailed for Briscoe as he picked up his series-high seventh win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year by winning the Food City 300.

However, it was Briscoe’s primary foe and Ford teammate Austin Cindric who was just a handful of laps away from picking up the victory when heartbreak occurred. Briscoe passed Cindric with just seven laps to go after the power steering failed on Cindric’s No. 22 Ford.

A thankful Briscoe was elated with the luck.

“I told all the guys that there was no way we were getting beat today,” Briscoe told NBCSN. “I was so mad after how we ran last week. I finished second here the last two races and I wanted to win here so bad, but it is awesome that I get to celebrate here with all these race fans.”

Riding high on momentum after sweeping the Richmond Raceway doubleheader last weekend, Justin Allgaier did not look like he was not going to miss a beat as he swept the two stages.

But, after getting beat off pit road by Briscoe and Ross Chastain at the stage two break, the handling on Allgaier’s Chevrolet went sour.

With Allgaier out of the picture, Chastain was initially the point man in the final stage, but when Dexter Bean crashed with 55 laps remaining, Austin Cindric grabbed the lead on the ensuing restart until the power steering ran dry.

However, the boisterous action at the front was not apparent early in the event as silence hallowed around the turns after a grinding crash on lap 63. BJ McLeod slammed the wall before being violently t-boned by Vinnie Miller, who was ironically was driving a car McLeod owns. Although dazed, McLeod remarkable emerged from his battered machine and transitioned into crewing duties for his remaining entries in the field.

Tommy Joe Martins was also collected, but unlike McLeod and Miller, the Mississippi driver was able to continue. The incident prompted a short red flag.

Lapped traffic was a factor throughout the night as the speed differential throughout the field was notably inflamed.

On lap nine, the leaders had already caught the back of the field, and by the lap 40 competition caution, just 17 cars remained on the lead lap.

Later, as the leaders worked traffic, Joe Graf Jr was punted by Brandon Jones and then barrelled into Michael Annett. With nowhere to go, Annett slammed the wall, breaking the right front suspension and ending his night prematurely. The incident drew the second red flag.

Despite the tough end to his regular season, Annett still has a ticket to the playoffs after locking up a spot thanks to an insurmountable points buffer garnered last week at Richmond Raceway.

Along with Annett, 10 others had already locked themselves into the postseason, leaving just one open slot. Entering the event, Brandon Brown held a comfortable lead over 13th place Jeremy Clements, so much so, that he needed just seven points to clinch his first postseason appearance. Brown successfully accomplished the feat as high attrition waterlogged the garage early in the event.

Chastain crossed the line second while Cindric held on to finish third. Harrison Burton and Allgaier rounded out the top five.

2020 Food City 300 Results

Next weekend, the Xfinity Series will trek across the country to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Alsco 300 on Saturday, Sept. 26. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m. ET with TV coverage provided by NBCSN.

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Never at a loss for words, Zach Gillispie is a young, talented marketing professional from North Carolina who talks and writes on the side about his first love: racing! Since joining Frontstretch in 2018, Zach has served in numerous roles where he currently pens the NASCAR 101 column, a weekly piece delving into the basic nuts and bolts of the sport. Additionally, his unabashedly bold takes meshed with that trademarked dry wit of his have made Zach a fan favorite on the weekly Friday Faceoff panel. In his free time, he can be found in the great outdoors, actively involved in his church, cheering on his beloved Atlanta Braves or ruthlessly pestering his colleagues with completely useless statistics about Delma Cowart.

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Tom B

I liked how the booth explained about the power steering. How it has changed over the decades. This is the kind of info we want, not how many dogs they have at home.

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