Briscoe wins Xfinity race on weird roval
Chase Briscoe won the first of two big NASCAR races on the new “roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Briscoe grabbed his first career Xfinity Series victory Saturday on the hybrid track of speedway and road course.
Briscoe beat Justin Marks, a part-time NASCAR racer who said this week this race is his last one dabbling in these cars.
Briscoe won in a Ford fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing in the leadup to Sunday’s critical Cup playoff race.
Saturday was also a playoff race for NASCAR’s second-tier Xfinity Series but these drivers were really the testers for the big show, the Cup race. Four drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs Sunday and it will be in part of the difficulty of the roval, an odd layout causing headaches for the Cup drivers.
The Xfinity Series raced first and the second league series didn’t seem to have as many explosive accidents as the Cup stars.
Formula One: Valtteri Bottas beat Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Russian Grand Prix, setting a strategy conundrum for their Mercedes team.
Bottas was 0.145 ahead of Hamilton and 0.56 ahead of third-placed Sebastian Vettel, who is second in the standings, 40 points off Hamilton.
“It feels good, still a bit of shakes, you know. It takes some concentration,” said Bottas.