KANSAS CITY, Kan. (OCT. 14, 2016) – In what has to be the perfect scenario, Chase Briscoe clinched the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship after participating in Friday afternoon’s practice and then went on to win the Kansas 150 tonight.
“It feels great,” said Briscoe on winning the Kansas 150. “I was more worried about winning the race today than winning the championship. It was huge to get my first championship.”
With qualifying cancelled due to weather, Briscoe started on the pole and never looked back as he went on to win his sixth race of the season. It was his team’s first championship.
The race was red-flagged in the 51st minute as several drivers were caught up in a wreck.
Also crowned on Friday was ARCA Rookie of the Year Dalton Sargent.
Earlier in the evening, Matt Kenseth won his first pole since winning the pole at Charlotte in October 2015 by posting a final-round speed of 192.089. This marks the sixth time Kenseth has won the pole at Kansas (three in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and three in NASCAR XFINITY Series). Kenseth, who had started second in May’s Go Bowling 400, finished fourth at Kansas.
Joining Kenseth on the front row for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 is Kyle Busch, who won at Kansas in May.
NASCAR XFINITY Series had two practices on Friday and Chase for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship driver Blake Koch topped the first Kansas Lottery 300 practice, while Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Larson topped the second practice.
Racing resumes tomorrow with the Kansas Lottery 300, the first race in the Round of 8 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and on Sunday with the Hollywood Casino 400, the fifth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Tickets are currently on sale and available by calling 866.460.7223, by logging onto www.KansasSpeedway.com or at Gate B on the day of the race.