Indianapolis victory would be the highlight of Chase Briscoe’s career

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - SEPTEMBER 06: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #98 Ford Performance Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 06, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

For driver Chase Briscoe, who learned his craft on dirt bullrings in his native Indiana, nothing could be better than a victory on the big track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Driving for team owner Tony Stewart, who exploits at Indianapolis are the stuff of legend, Briscoe will get his second shot at the Brickyard in Saturday’s Indiana 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, IMS and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Briscoe comes to Indianapolis riding a wave of eight straight top-10 finishes, including a victory at Iowa Speedway that locked him into the Xfinity Playoffs, but the driver of the No. 98 will be the first to tell you how significant a win at the historic 2.5-mile speedway would be.

“The championship’s what your goal is, but from a personal standpoint, winning at Indianapolis—especially driving for Tony Stewart—there’d be nothing cooler except for winning the Brickyard (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race),” said Briscoe, who finished ninth last year in his maiden race at the Brickyard.

“I’ve already had in my mind, if I win this thing, I’m climbing the fence like Tony. I’ll probably start crying. I want to win this race so bad. At the beginning of the year, me and my crew chief (Richard Boswell) sat down and kind of circled races, and Indianapolis was the first one I wanted to win.

“I said if we’re going to put an all-out effort in, that’s the won we need a win at. We going to try tomorrow, and hopefully we get it done.”

Greg Engle