Chase Briscoe knew he already clinched the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship but he still felt he had something to prove in October’s Kansas 150.
Briscoe, who only needed to participate in a practice session before the Kansas 150 to clinch the championship, wasn’t satisfied until he pulled into Gatorade Victory Lane later that night knowing he was the best driver in the season finale.
“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.”
Briscoe admitted he came to Kansas looking for one award in particular: the pedal car that is awarded to the pole sitter of each race at Kansas Speedway. When a fog/mist combo hit the track earlier in the day, Briscoe’s hopes of winning the pole were washed away as qualifying was cancelled.
But Briscoe’s story had a happy ending after all, as he was gifted the pedal car following the race. He certainly deserved it as his victory in the Kansas 150 was his sixth of the season, almost a third of the ARCA circuit. He finished the season with 18 Top-10 and 14 Top-5 finishes.
Early on in the race, Briscoe battled the ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year Dalton Sargeant for the lead. Briscoe, who led the first 44 laps of the race relinquished his lead to Sargeant after beating Briscoe off pit road during yellow flag pit stops. Sargeant was able to lead the next 32 laps until an ignition issue caused him to lose the lead with 24 laps to go.
"It was disappointing," said Sargeant. "We were running second and first both times I had issues with the car. It didn't turn out like we wanted. This has been, by far, the best learning year of my life. The ARCA Racing Series did a lot for me being able to improve as a driver. Feel like ARCA really prepares you for that next level."
The race was red-flagged for 20 minutes after a six-car wreck on the 51st lap. The wreck involved Kyle Weatherman, Myatt Snider, Nick Higdon, Morgen Baird and Mike Basham.
Michael Self finished third, which he considered a success because it was his first race in over a year.
"It was a fun day," said Self. "It was also a little worrisome out there with so little practice. This is a new deal for me having never driven this body...trying to get the feel back on these mile-and-a-halves.
Noah Gragson, a member of NASCAR Next, finished fifth in his superspeedway debut.
"This has been a dream come true...to get the opportunity to race here," said Gragson. "I have a lot to learn that's for sure. I'm new to this mile-and-a-half stuff. Still getting the feel of dirty air and the changing attitude of the cars.