By David Morgan, Associate Editor
A year after locking up NASCAR Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year honors, Stewart-Haas Racing announced Monday that Chase Briscoe is back with the team for the 2020 campaign.
The Mitchell, Indiana native piloted his No. 98 Ford to a fifth place points finish in 2019, scoring one win (Iowa), 13 top-five finishes, 26 top-10 finishes, and two poles along the way. His totals from 2019 are in addition to his first career win that was claimed at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval while running part-time in 2018.
Prior to moving up to the Xfinity Series, Briscoe has shown he has the talent to win races and championships in other levels of the sport, winning six races and the ARCA championship in 2016, which he followed up with a win and a sixth-place points finish in the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series in 2017.
“This is the first time I’ll be able to run back-to-back, full seasons with the same team, and I couldn’t be happier to do it with Stewart-Haas Racing,” said Briscoe. “Their faith in me means a lot, and I want to reward them and Ford with more wins and a run for the championship.”
Team co-owner Tony Stewart lauded Briscoe’s background on both asphalt and dirt in the announcement, expressing his excitement with having the 25-year old return to the team in 2020.
“We’re very proud to have Chase back with Stewart-Haas Racing,” said Stewart. “Chase is an Indiana kid with a dirt-track background who has shown he can race on asphalt as well as he can on dirt. We think very highly of him and look forward to a strong season in 2020.”
Briscoe ran as a teammate to Cole Custer in 2019, but with Custer moving up to the Cup Series in 2020, there is a high likelihood that Briscoe will be the lone Xfinity driver for SHR this season. Other details about Briscoe’s return, such as car number, sponsor, crew chief, etc. weren’t readily available at the time of the announcement.