Briscoe wins Toyota 200 after his child’s death

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Losing a baby is enough. Chase Briscoe recently experienced that with his wife.

During a recent ultrasound, Briscoe was in Darlington preparing for the Xfinity Series race, while his wife was near their residence visiting a local doctor. The doctor said that the baby did not have a heart beat and was dead.

Chase Briscoe (Getty Images)

Days later, Briscoe won the Toyota 200 on Thursday afternoon at Darlin Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.

“This is for my wife. This has been the hardest week I’ve ever had to deal with,” Briscoe said shortly after climbing out of the car with tears running down his face. “When I took the lead, I was crying in my car. This is more than a race win. This is the biggest win of my life after the toughest day of my life. To be able to beat the best there is, is so satisfying.”

Briscoe and the other drivers had to wait to even compete in this event. On Thursday, the race was initially slated to start at noon EST, but rain put a halt to that.

Eventually, the race would start at 4:30 pm. This race was initially scheduled for Tuesday night, but rain pushed it until Thursday.

Briscoe held off Kyle Busch in the final lap to get the win. They clashed over that lap, leaving a black tire mask on Briscoe’s ride.

Busch finished second in the event. This was the second straight day that Busch finished second, as he was behind Denny Hamlin on Wednesday night in the Toyota 500.

Justin Allgaier was the third place finisher.

This was Busch’s best finish in the Xfinity Series this year. He finished third after starting on the pole at the LS Tractor 200 on March 7th at Phoenix Raceway.

The LS Tractor 200 was the last race before this Darlington event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Allgaier had his best finish through five races. In fact, this was his first Top 5 finish of the season in his JR Motorsports ride.

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