Chase Briscoe enters the first round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs – the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – seeded fifth in the points standings.
The Brad Keselowski Racing driver took some time to speak with Popular Speed’s Ashley McCubbin about his thoughts entering the post-season, BKR closing at season’s end, and more.
POPULAR SPEEED: How would you characterize your season so far?
CHASE BRISCOE: It’s been up and down. We’ve had a lot of speed – just haven’t had the finishes to show for it. I feel like we’re really starting to hit our stride at the right time, though. Austin (Cindric) has a win, and obviously I don’t have a win yet, but I have a lot of top-three’s, top-five’s so excited to finally get the playoffs going.
PS: What are your thoughts going into the playoffs?
CB: Yeah, I think we just have to keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve run up front so we just need to execute. Like I said, I feel like we have the speed; we just have to put it all together. I just have to do it my job as a driver, and the team has to do their job. We have to make the most of all the practice time that we get because I haven’t been to a lot of these race tracks before.
I feel like, as a team, we’re confident going into the playoffs and going for the championship; we just can’t eliminate ourselves.
PS: Out of the tracks coming up, is there a place you’re entering more confident than the others?
CB: Yeah, I’m really excited to go to Las Vegas (Motor Speedway) because BKR’s past with finishing first and second in the last race there. I feel like it’s really similar to Chicagoland (Speedway) where we finished second.
Secondly, I’m looking forward to Homestead(-Miami Speedway). I love places where you can run up against the fence, and Homestead is one of those places. To race for the championship there is definitely going to be fun. It’s one of the places that I always look forward to.
PS: What was your initial reaction to the news that Brad Keselowski Racing is shutting doors at year’s end?
CB: Honestly, it caught me off-guard. I found out two hours before the press release came out as Brad (Keselowski) had called me. Definitely didn’t see it coming at all. I hate it for all the employees here. They’re a great group of guys and girls. Hopefully they can all find jobs and somehow be part of my career and maybe I can work with them down the road. It’s definitely an unfortunate situation. Obviously, I understand where Brad is coming from. But, it doesn’t make it any easier.
PS: With that said, how much is that a motivation to go out and win the championship this year?
CB: I think, especially the group of (No.) 29 guys on my truck, I feel like we’re kind of really rallying behind that fact and want to go out as winners and champions. I feel like, for them and even me, it’s easier to go find a job when you have a championship title. I think all of our guys are pumped up right now and keeping their heads up, and focused on the next stretch of races and doing well in the playoffs. I wouldn’t want to go into the playoffs with any other guys, that’s for sure.
PS: I know you’ve got lots of racing left this year – but have you looked towards 2018, yet?
CB: I still don’t have anything on paper by any means. I’ve had a lot of meetings and talked to people, but really it comes down to Ford and what they want to do and the team that they can place me with. I’m still trying to let everything sort itself out. Like I said, as of right now, nothing is on paper, yet.
Chase Briscoe will hope to score his seven top-five of 2017 on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
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