Chase Briscoe just announced on NBCSN’s NASCAR America program that he would drive the No.98 Ford Mustang next year.
This time it will be on a full-time basis with Stewart-Haas Racing.
It’s the similar vein of how his former Program 60 team-mate Austin Cindric secured a full-time ride in the No.22 Ford for Team Penske a few weeks back.
Yes, Briscoe didn’t have a full-time ride this season after what happened with Brad Keselowski Racing at the end of 2017.
With that organization closed its doors, Briscoe had to start from the ground up by moving to XFINITY.
So sadly apart from Nutri Chomps & Ford, there are no other partners to help Briscoe run full-time this year.
That’s how Briscoe had to share with Cindric & Ty Majeski in the No.60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.
Please don’t fault him for his mixed performances for RFR this season.
He had a tremendous part-time run having won the July Eldora race in the Truck Series for ThorSport.
Don’t forget three Top 10s out of 12 races with RFR:
- 9th, Chicago in June
- 10th, Iowa in July
- 9th, Indianapolis in September
Then the aha moment arrived, Briscoe won the inaugural Charlotte Roval XFINITY Series race.
It’s the No.98 Mustang that Briscoe drove at the time where Kevin Harvick & Aric Almirola shared this ride a couple of occasions.
With plenty of talent demonstrated by Briscoe on the race track, he can now add SHR as a full-time NXS driver to his resume.
He deserves that seat where Briscoe will do everything possible in a fast No.98 Ford.
Regularly winning races plus Top 5/10 runs and a Championship will be on his bucket list.
So hopefully it won’t ever be the repeat of the No.60 Team’s performances from this year.
Just the decent equipment controlled by a talented driver like Briscoe will do things differently his way.
Stewart-Haas has taken great care of this young man as there’s no rush to put Briscoe into Cup racing any time soon.
The same goes to this year’s runner-up in the NXS, Cole Custer.
Custer will stay with SHR for a third straight season in the No.00 Ford Mustang.
Although, seeing Custer & Briscoe race at Cup level for certain events isn’t out of the question at this stage.
And who knows?
Once Clint Bowyer eventually retires, Briscoe could one day ride the No.14 Ford, NXS Champion or not.
It’s a number that meant a lot to Briscoe looking back at his hometown (Indiana) hero when he was little, Tony Stewart.
For now, it’s all about getting the ground running in time for the season-opener at Daytona in February & go from there.
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