Briscoe joins Stewart-Haas for full-time Xfinity ride in 2019

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Briscoe joins Stewart-Haas for full-time Xfinity ride in 2019

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Briscoe joins Stewart-Haas for full-time Xfinity ride in 2019

Chase Briscoe will compete full-time in the Xfinity Series in 2019 for Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi.

Briscoe will run in a second car alongside the returning Cole Custer in the No. 00. The 23-year-old will be in the No. 98 Ford Mustang with sponsorship in the first 13 races from Nutri Chomps, a rawhide-free dog chew.

Next season will be Briscoe’s first full year in the series. In 2018 Briscoe ran 17 races between the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 team and SHR in the No. 98. He scored four top-10 finishes and one top five — his first career win on the Charlotte road course in September, driving the 98.

“I got a taste of what Stewart-Haas racing is capable of in the five races I ran with the team this year,” said Briscoe. “Winning at Charlotte was one of the greatest moments of my career, and I have to thank Nutri Chomps, Ford, Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and Fred Biagi for believing in me and providing this opportunity to race full-time.

“I’ve been working so hard for this moment, and 2019 can’t come soon enough. If I could fast forward to February and climb inside the No. 98 Nutri Chomps Ford Mustang there at Daytona, I would.”

Before moving into the Xfinity Series, Briscoe captured the 2016 ARCA Racing Series championship. He then ran the full Camping World Truck Series schedule in 2017 for Brad Keselowski, picking up his first win at Homestead in the season finale. He also won the Eldora dirt event in the only Truck race he ran in 2018.

“I’ve been paying attention to Chase since he raced sprint cars and I saw how well he transitioned to stock cars,” Tony Stewart said. “It was obviously great to see him in our Ford Mustang a few times this year, and Chase didn’t disappoint. His win at Charlotte showed us a lot. He was patiently aggressive and he did a really good job of managing his tires. He’s learned a lot in a very short period of time, and we’re really looking forward to seeing what he can do when he’s in the same car, working with the same crew, week in and week out. It was our desire to have him in our race cars, but thanks to Nutri Chomps and Ford, they made it happen.”

Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition at SHR, said “Chase Briscoe is the kind of person we’re looking to develop with our Xfinity Series program. Young, hungry and talented is the best way to describe Chase, and there’s no better place for him to learn and, ultimately, succeed than here at Stewart-Haas Racing. I know he’s looking forward to this opportunity, and we are too.”

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