Chase Briscoe underwent successful surgery on his broken left middle finger early Monday morning, his wife Marissa announced via Twitter.
Briscoe suffered the injury while racing a dirt late model on April 6, contacting the wall in qualifying, which ripped the wheel out of his hand and broke the finger.
The driver of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford went in for surgery at 5 a.m. ET on Monday and was out by 7:45 a.m.
“Chase is out of surgery and all is well,” wife Marissa Briscoe wrote. “Thank you everyone for the prayers. Keep them coming!”
Chase is out of surgery and all is well, thank you everyone for the prayers. Keep them coming!
— Chase Briscoe (@ChaseBriscoe_14) April 17, 2023
Though he admitted concern leading into the Bristol dirt race, Briscoe was never slowed by the injury, instead scoring consecutive fifth-place finishes at Bristol and Martinsville, respectively.
“I told Jamie Little on the TV broadcast maybe I need to break another finger,” Briscoe joked Sunday. “It’s kind of been the turning point for us all year long.”
— Chase Briscoe (@ChaseBriscoe_14) April 12, 2023
Indeed, the past two NASCAR Cup Series races have produced the team’s first two top fives of 2023, highlighting a stretch of five top-15 finishes in the past six races.
Briscoe said his finger was “OK” in Sunday’s NOCO 400 at Martinsville, but moments of discomfort reminded him he was still racing injured.
“I definitely had some pain there a little bit,” said Briscoe, who led a career-high 109 laps. “You know, it was really hard for me when I’d get really far turned to the left, but then also it was extremely hard for me to counter-steer. So I had to be really patient about making sure I was straight up off the corner, which probably obviously was helping me there quite a bit.
“But yeah, it was OK. I’m sure I’m going to be in quite a bit of pain tonight but gotta be at the hospital at 5 a.m. and see what they can do.”
The Cup Series returns to action Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway for the GEICO 500 (3 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).