Chase Briscoe has been named the full-time driver of the No. 98 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for 2019. Briscoe, who won his first career Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte road course in September in the No. 98, will have backing from Nutri Chomps for the first 13 races.
The news expands the SHR fleet to two full-time Fords, following two seasons of single-car efforts with Cole Custer in the No. 00. Custer advanced to the Championship 4 in 2018, a season in which Briscoe split time in the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford and also had five starts in the No. 98.
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“I got a taste of what Stewart-Haas Racing is capable of in the five races I ran with the team this year,” Briscoe said in a team release. “Winning at Charlotte was one of the greatest moments of my career, and I have to thank Nutri Chomps, Ford, Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and Fred Biagi for believing in me and providing this opportunity to race full time.”
A dirt racer by trade, Briscoe won in his only NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of 2018 at Eldora Speedway, the high-banked, half-mile oval Stewart owns.
“I’ve been paying attention to Chase since he raced sprint cars and I saw how well he transitioned to stock cars,” Stewart said. ” … He’s learned a lot in a very short period of time and we’re really looking forward to seeing what he can do when he’s in the same car, working with the same crew, week in and week out.”
The 2016 ARCA Racing Series champion, Briscoe drove full time for Brad Keselowski’s Truck Series team in 2017, posting one win and 10 top-five finishes. He was the rookie of the year and also voted as the series’ most popular driver by the fans.