It’s been a rough start to 2021 for the NASCAR Cup Series’ only full-time rookie, Chase Briscoe, who finds himself deep in the standings after finishing 19th, 32nd and 18th, respectively, over the season’s first three races.
The good news for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver is he won the two most recent NASCAR Xfinity Series races held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the site of Sunday’s Cup event. Needless to say, Briscoe is feeling justifiably optimistic about the possibility of getting his season pointed in the right direction this weekend. After all, there’s no track on the Cup schedule where the Stewart-Haas Racing driver enjoyed more success during his time in the Xfinity Series.
“Stewart-Haas Racing has always been strong at Las Vegas and, so far, the No. 14 team has done a great job having the cars set up close to what I need when we unload, so I feel good about this week,” Briscoe said. “I’m still learning, though. Last week was a good chance to see what we had for 1.5-mile tracks, but you can only learn so much that carries over. Homestead and Las Vegas race so differently. I have a better idea of what it’s going to be like further back in the field, and I’ll probably still take some time in the beginning to feel things out, but Las Vegas is a track I enjoy racing at, and it definitely helps me to feel more comfortable knowing that I have had good results there in the past.”