Chase Briscoe will make his Roush Fenway Racing debut in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) in 2018 piloting the famed No. 60 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing. Briscoe, whose family has a rich history driving and owning sprint cars, is fresh off of a 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) rookie campaign that saw the Mitchell, Ind. native score a victory in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to go with 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.
The first time Briscoe ever got behind the wheel of a racecar was 2001 in a quarter midget. He won his first heat race and went on to win the feature later that evening. He didn’t climb back into a race car again until 2006 in a Mini-Sprint and at 13, Briscoe stepped into a 410 Sprint Car and finished 10th out of 40 cars in his first race. Over the course of his rookie season in sprint cars, Briscoe made 37 starts and recorded one win, eight top fives and 17 top-10 finishes. Briscoe’s victory broke NASCAR Legend Jeff Gordon’s record as the youngest driver to win a 410 Sprint Car race at 14 years of age.
While racing 410 Sprint Cars in Indiana and the surrounding states, Briscoe was was invited to compete in the Michael Waltrip PEAK Antifreeze Stock Car Dream Challenge in 2013. He was picked to be in the final two of that competition, unfortunately having to settle for second place in the end. Following the Stock Car Dream Challenge, Briscoe got the opportunity to run in the NASCAR K&N West Series for Bill McAnally Racing in three events, earning a best finish of eighth at NAPA Speedway in Sept. 2013.
In 2015, Briscoe started working in the shop for the ARCA Racing Series team Cunningham Motorsports before being offered a test at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. Following a successful test, Cunningham Motorsports entered Briscoe in two ARCA Racing Series events later that season, finishing 10th at Lucas Oil Raceway and fifth at Salem Speedway.
Cunningham Motorsports hired Briscoe full time in 2016 to pilot the No. 77 Ford in the ARCA Racing Series and the Mitchell, Ind. native made the most of the opportunity, winning 2016 ARCA championship in dramatic fashion by tallying six victories, leading almost 1000 laps and distancing himself from the second-place finisher by over 500 points.
Following the championship season, Briscoe was tapped by Brad Keselowski to drive the No. 29 Ford F-150 in the NCWTS. In 23 starts, Briscoe recorded 10 top-fives and 14 top-10s to go along with a Playoff berth and a dominating victory in the 2017 season finale at Homestead.
2018 marks Briscoe’s debut in the NXS and his first time racing for Roush Fenway and driving the No. 60 Ford Mustang with crew chief Mike Kelley. The famed No. 60 for Roush Fenway holds the record for NXS wins with 93. The Ford has been driven to victory lane on numerous occasions by NASCAR and former Roush Fenway legends Mark Martin, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.
Biffle, Edwards and Chris Buescher have all driven the car to championships in the NXS. The car last won in June of 2015 with Buescher, who won three times in the No. 60, taming the Monster Mile in dramatic fashion and posting wins at Mid-Ohio (2014) and Iowa before claiming the championship for the No. 60 in 2015.