Chase Briscoe dominated Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 almost from begin to end, main 159 of the 200 laps and simply held off Daniel Hemric to clinch his series-best ninth victory.
With the win, Briscoe turns into one of many 4 drivers who will compete for the collection title in two weeks at Phoenix no matter how he finishes the following two weeks at Texas and Martinsville, Va.
“I’m happy to get to Victory Lane and I’m super-happy to get locked in to Phoenix; it will be a lot less stressful the next two weeks,” Briscoe stated. “That’ll be nice.
“I can’t say thank you enough to everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing. This (car) was lights-out. This is the car we had at Vegas. I want to take it to Phoenix because of how good it was.”
Asked what benefit he may have being locked in to the title race with two weeks to go, Briscoe stated, “It allows the guys at least to focus on the car. I am glad after all the chaos at the beginning of the race, a lot of those guys are going to be in scary points situations.
“I am glad we don’t have to deal with that. It is crazy to win nine races this year. It has been an unbelievable year and hopefully we can finish it out strong.”
Sieg completed third, Haley fourth and Austin Hill rounded out the top-five.
Completing the top-10 have been Josh Williams, Brett Moffitt, Michael Annett, Brandon Jones and Justin Allgaier.
Following the break between Stages 2 and three, all lead-lap vehicles pit and once more Briscoe was the primary off pit street.
On the restart on Lap 97, Briscoe was adopted by Jones, Anthony Alfredo and Riley Herbst.
With 80 laps remaining within the race, Briscoe maintained a few 1.2-second lead over Jones with Alfredo persevering with to run third. Herbst was fourth and Harrison Burton fifth.
With 55 laps to go, lead-lap vehicles started making their last green-flag pit stops of the race to tackle new tires and gas to make it to the end. Briscoe made his cease on Lap 148.
On Lap 156, Josh Reaume spin off Turn 4 to convey out a warning simply earlier than the completion of green-flag stops. Sieg was the one automobile that had not but pit and took the chance throughout the warning.
On the restart on Lap 164, Briscoe led the best way adopted by Jones and Herbst.
Alfredo obtained unfastened and obtained into Ross Chastain on the backstretch in an incident that additionally collected Harrison Burton on Lap 169 and introduced out one other warning.
Several lead-lap vehicles elected to pit however Sieg stayed out and inherited the lead. He led the best way on the restart on Lap 173.
Shortly after the restart, Allgaier dived low on the restart and clipped Alfredo, sending it up the observe and into the wall, the place he was hit laborious by Herbst. The impression despatched Alfredo’s No. 21 Chevrolet up and over and it got here to a relaxation the other way up on the observe.
NASCAR red-flagged the race and security crews instantly responded to the automobile, fastidiously turning the automobile right-side up and Alfredo exited the automobile apparently unscathed.
Brandon Brown, Jones and Tommy Joe Martins have been additionally collected within the incident. On the restart on Lap 178, Sieg was adopted by Haley and Moffitt. Briscoe restarted sixth on brisker tires.
Briscoe moved from sixth to second after one lap and simply reclaimed the lead from Sieg on Lap 179.
With 10 laps to go within the race, Briscoe had already constructed again up a 3.7-second lead over Sieg with Haley in third.
On Lap 192, Myatt Snider spun off Turn 2 to convey out one other warning. A handful of vehicles, together with Sieg, elected to pit however Briscoe stayed on the observe and remained within the lead on the restart with 4 laps to go.
Briscoe had little hassle holding off Jones to take the Stage 2 victory, his series-leading twelfth stage victory of the 2020 season.
Alfredo was third, Burton was fourth and Chastain rounded out the top-five.
Following the break between Stages 1 and a pair of, the lead-lap vehicles all pit with Briscoe the primary off pit street.
The race returned to inexperienced on Lap 52 with Briscoe main the best way adopted by Burton and Jones.
In Turn 3 after the restart, Joe Graf Jr. made contact with Jeffrey Earnhardt, which despatched him spinning down the observe and introduced out a warning.
The race returned to inexperienced on Lap 58 with Briscoe nonetheless in command.
With 20 laps remaining within the second stage, Briscoe had constructed a 2.8-second lead over Jones as Alfredo ran third.
Briscoe’s lead over Jones expanded to over 3 seconds with 5 laps to go within the stage.
Briscoe simply held off Jones to take the Stage 1 win, his eleventh stage victory of the 2020 season.
Burton was third, Alfredo fourth and Chastain rounded out the top-five.
Noah Gragson began on the pole and maintained his lead till Matt Mills spun off Turn 2 on Lap 9 to convey out the primary warning.
The race returned to inexperienced on Lap 16 and Chastain got here from fourth and grabbed the lead as the sector went 4-wide.
As the sector got here off Turn 2, Austin Cindric and Gragson made contact on the backstretch, triggering a wreck which did important injury to each playoff contenders and introduced out the warning.
“When you’re in the middle of four-wide, it’s tough … Just a racing deal,” Gragson stated.
Also receiving injury within the incident have been Alfredo, Brown, Annett and Martins.
The race returned to inexperienced on Lap 20 with Chastain within the lead.
Briscoe obtained round Chastain on Lap 21 to seize the lead for the primary time within the race as Jones moved into second.
NASCAR displayed a contest warning on Lap 26 to permit groups to test tire put on. Most groups stayed out and Briscoe continued to prepared the ground when the race returned to inexperienced on Lap 30.
With 5 laps remaining within the stage, Briscoe held a gradual lead of a few second over Jones as Burton ran third.