Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Location: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 200 laps, broken into three stages (45 laps/45 laps/110 laps)
Start/Finish: 12th/30th (Accident, completed 79 of 200 laps)
Race Winner: John Hunter Nemechek of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Daniel Hemric of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: John Hunter Nemechek of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):
● Chase Briscoe started 12th and finished 30th.
● A nine-car accident in the second turn of the first lap left Briscoe’s No. 98 with heavy, front-end damage.
● Over several caution laps, the crew made repairs before returning Briscoe to the race in 30th position.
● Briscoe spent the remainder of the stage pitting whenever possible for more repairs and running at the back of the pack.
● Briscoe stayed on the lead lap until lap 30.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90):
● Briscoe started 29th and finished 29th.
● Climbed to 27th place as the crew took every opportunity to continue making repairs to the No. 98 under caution and even pitting under green.
● Despite the repairs, the damage was too great to continue and Briscoe retired from the race after completing only 79 laps.
● John Hunter Nemechek won the Kansas Lottery 300 to score his first career Xfinity Series victory,
● Six different drivers swapped the lead 10 times during the race that saw seven caution periods.
● The No. 98 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing With Biagi-DenBeste (SHR) made its 12th and final appearance of 2018 in this race. Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, and Briscoe shared driving duties this season.
● The No. 98 team posted two wins, four top-five and six top-10 finishes in 2018. Harvick won Feb. 24 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Briscoe won the Sept. 29 race on the “roval” at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Nutri Chomps Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing With Biagi-DenBeste:
“That’s disappointing. Sure not the way we wanted to end our schedule with the No. 98. I was just going into turn two and everybody in front of me started spinning and I had nowhere to go. It was a long day after that, but everyone on the No. 98 team worked really hard to keep us in the race as long as we could. It was a pleasure and honor to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste this year. We got a win and had some good runs. This is a great team and I really appreciated all the support from Ford and Nutri Chomps as well.”
The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
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