The last regularseason race of the Xfinity Series proved to be a preview of the upcoming playoffs as title contenders Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric dominated one more occasion.
- Associated Press
- Last Updated: September 19, 2020, 7:18 AM IST
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BRISTOL, Tenn.: The last regular-season race of the Xfinity Series proved to be a preview of the upcoming playoffs as title contenders Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric dominated one more occasion.
Briscoe handed Cindric with 5 laps remaining Friday evening at Bristol Motor Speedway, pouncing when Cindric misplaced energy steering. Briscoe raced to his series-best seventh victory of the 12 months whereas regular-season champion Cindric slipped to a third-place end.
Ross Chastain, poised for a possible promotion to the Cup Series with Chip Ganassi Racing, adopted Briscoe previous Cindric within the waning laps and completed second.
Briscoe is hoping for his personal promotion to Cup with Ford and Stewart-Haas Racing, which has only one seat unfilled for 2021. Briscoe began the 12 months chasing eight wins, the quantity he believes will earn him a Cup trip.
I informed all the blokes ‘There ain’t no method we’re getting beat this week,’” Briscoe mentioned. I completed second right here the final two races and I needed to win it so dangerous. I can’t wait to get these playoffs began, I really feel like we’re on a very good run.
Briscoe additionally acknowledged the spectators at Bristol, simply the second Xfinity race since March during which followers have been allowed to attend. Bristol deliberate to confess about 20,000 spectators Friday evening and tickets have been nonetheless obtainable the day earlier than the occasion. The allotment of 30,000 tickets for Saturday evening’s Cup race, the primary elimination race of the playoffs, have all been bought.
I’m so grateful we’re again with race followers. Its not the identical with out you guys,” Briscoe mentioned.
Chastain completed second for the fifth time this season he’s been runner-up thrice to Briscoe and lamented not utilizing a bump-and-run on Cindric earlier than Briscoe handed Chastain and executed the profitable go for the win.
It’s powerful combating for every little thing. I would like this so dangerous. I need to be on this sport and win races,” Chastain mentioned. “I do know it’s second and it’s nice… there’s quite a lot of issues I may do completely different and I simply didn’t get it executed.
There was just one open spot within the 12-driver playoff area within the finale and Brandon Brown merely needed to maintain off Jeremy Clements to assert it. Brown completed 12th for his family-owned crew, simply an eight-person group that has raced by the pandemic with out proprietor Jerry Brown.
Jerry Brown, the motive force’s father, was recognized with most cancers early within the pandemic has not been in a position to journey.
It’s an enormous reduction, Brown mentioned. I’m simply so thrilled that I will go dwelling and name Dad and say Hey, have been a playoff crew.’
The playoffs start subsequent week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Xfinity Series will crown its first new champion in three years. Tyler Reddick received back-to-back titles earlier than transferring this season to the Cup Series.
Cindric is the highest seed and can race amid hypothesis about his personal doable promotion. Team Penske would possibly attempt to get Cindric right into a Cup seat subsequent season and Matt DiBenedetto, who drives for Penske affiliate Wood Brothers Racing, has not had his 2021 choice picked up but. DiBenedetto will attempt to keep away from playoff elimination Saturday evening at Bristol.