Chase Briscoe Finishes 29th at Pocono

2.5-Mile Triangle Proves Tricky for Driver

  • Date: July 23, 2023
  • Event: 400 (Round 21 of 36)
  • Series: NASCAR Cup Series
  • Location: Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (2.5-mile triangle)
  • Format: 160 laps, broken into three stages (30 laps/65 laps/65 laps)
  • Start/Finish: 29th / 29th (Running, completed 160 of 160 laps)
  • Race Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished Sunday’s 400 where he started it, in the 29th position. His day looked promising in the early going as he gained five positions shortly after taking the initial green flag. But then his racecar began to get too tight, causing him to fall back in the field. Pit strategy placed Briscoe inside the top-20 at the end of the first stage. The No. 14 team continued to execute an alternate strategy from the leaders and used it to enter the top-10 before a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 87, just eight laps prior to the end of the second stage. Briscoe began the final stage in 27th and struggled to find a good balance for the machine. On lap 142, while running 29th, he was spun exiting turn three. The team made repairs to the racecar with that cost Briscoe just one lap. He got back onto the lead lap on the ensuing caution at lap 153. Briscoe held on despite a damaged Ford Mustang to finish the race on the lead lap.

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing said:

“Today was a tough day, but I’m glad we were able to finish on the lead lap. We’ve had success at Pocono with and I really wanted to get them a good finish in their race. We still have a lot of work to do on the No. 14 team, but I have all the confidence in these guys and I know we’ll figure it out.”

Race notes:

  • Denny Hamlin won the 400 to score his 50th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season and his seventh at Pocono.
  • There were 11 caution periods for a total of 44 laps.
  • Thirty of the 36 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.
  • Martin Truex Jr., remains the championship leader after Pocono with a 30-point advantage over second-place William Byron.