Known as the track “Too Tough to Tame,” Darlington Raceway is notoriously tough on rookies making their first start on the egg-shaped oval. But Chase Briscoe — the lone rookie in the field for Sunday’s race — isn’t as anxious about his Darlington debut as most Cup rookies tend to be. That’s because as a driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series last year, he won at Darlington.
So although being in a Cup car will certainly mean some differences at Darlington for the Stewart-Haas Racing newcomer, Briscoe isn’t dreading Sunday. In fact, he’s actually excited about the possibilities of a strong outing, despite being fully aware of the challenges that racing at Darlington still presents.
“Darlington will always be special to me,” Briscoe said. “As far as recognition, that Darlington NASCAR Xfinity Series win has gotten me more recognition than any win I’ll ever have in my career — except for a Daytona 500, should that ever happen. That race changed my career path, but it isn’t my best track, by any means. There isn’t a feeling of knowing I’m going to run up front when I get there, but I enjoy it, and I know it holds a lot of meaning for a lot of guys. It was certainly a big win for me and, to be able to say I raced Kyle Busch for a win to get that trophy is something that I will never take for granted. Kyle is one of the best drivers to have come through NASCAR, and I will always view that as an important win in my career.”