Charlotte, Nick – Chase Briscoe secured Job Security for the first time in his career with a well-deserved promotion to Trophy Series for the culmination of a season that has hitherto been a storybook.
Briscoe was appointed Tuesday as the replacement for Clint Boyer in the # 14 Ford in Stewart-Haas Racing, the team owned by Briscoe’s childhood champion. Briscoe was admired by Indiana native Tony Stewart and he dreamed of driving Stewart’s car one day.
“People ask me, ‘What is the point? “Oh man, the dream is to drive a car 14,” Brisco said in an interview with the Associated Press. “I never thought this was possible in a million years. Get to drive Tony’s car, and how many fanatical Tony fans I’ve been, it’s just crazy to drive that car. ”
A 25-year-old from Mitchell, Indiana, a third-generation contestant who watched his father compete against Stewart on dirt tracks in the Midwest. Now he’s a nine-race winner in the Xfinity Series, the leader of championship points, and the third driver at 14th in SHR since it was created for Stewart in 2009.
Hand-picked Stuart Bauer to replace him in 2017, and when Boyer agreed to a TV deal for the next season, she freed up the much-wanted seat to avoid losing Brisco.
“Chase has worked incredibly hard to make his mark in NASCAR and get this promotion,” said Stewart.
Briscoe said he froze with theater horror during his childhood encounters with Stewart, and was such a passionate fan that he argued every Sunday with his loving grandmother Jeff Gordon during NASCAR races. He emulated his favorite driver while playing video games, donning Stewart gear and copying Stuart’s ceremonial behaviors.
Much like Stewart, Brisco is a blue collar racer who lacks the family wealth needed to set the stage for an ambitious young driver. He had to win everything on the track, but nearly every year the Brisco Season Plans had eleventh hour deals.
He slept on couches, ran racing stores and handing out business cards on the racetracks in an effort to get a breather, and was even ready to pull out and head back to Indiana before the 2016 breakout opportunity in the ARCA series. So I started a series of start-and-stop operations as Brisco desperately tried to stick to one care check at a time.
Even after he got into a driver development deal with Ford, his job security was almost exclusively dependent on finance. Stewart convinced Briscoe had strong potential in three races close to the 2019 Xfinity season, his first year with SHR.
However, money was still an issue until a set of kismet circumstances led to a chance encounter on a Las Vegas street between Briscoe’s father and a tech solutions CEO who happened to be a fan of NASCAR. Mike Mendeboro skipped Kevin Briscoe on the same side as Number 98 was decked out with a Briscoe hat, and caught the attention of the Highpoint CEO.
He stopped Kevin Briscoe for chatting, said he had turned to the young driver, and when he found out Mendiporo was talking to Briscoe’s father, he offered to help if there was a way Highpoint could help.
Briscoe was again in dire need of care. Without it, SHR Season 2 wouldn’t happen.
But Highpoint, a company that never had a role in NASCAR and had never considered sponsoring the sport, pledged the money needed to get Briscoe to have another Xfinity season.
The deal took place in January, just weeks before the season began.
Briscoe said: “He decided to go out on a limb, and it felt like the road that everything was going, and how he met my father, it was just a fate.” “He took a leap in faith. Even Mike was saying last week, if he had just come out on the other side of the sidewalk, he wouldn’t even see the hat. So it’s crazy how the details got together.”
Briscoe’s job-saving Highpoint boost has been rewarded with an impressive season. Briscoe has said since the start of the year that eight wins will make him deserve a promotion to the Cup. The 9th victory came last week in Kansas, placing Brisco in the championship race and making it an ideal time to announce his promotion in 2021.
Hyperpoint advances to Briscoe and moves with him to the Cup Series as a sponsor next year at No. 14. The company is deeply committed to Brisco and has developed a personal relationship with its new ambassador.
Mendeboro said: “Chase has to be one of the most humble and grateful players in the sport and he has worked incredibly hard to get the opportunity. Everyone has seen his talent combined with incredible humility and an uncompromising work ethic.
Simply, performing without a personality isn’t important to us. Even so, Chase has both of them in spades. That is why he is ready for the NASCAR Cup Series and why we are so honored to support him. ”
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