MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Chase Briscoe has confirmed that he will take part in both the Gateway Dirt Nationals and the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals this winter, with backing from DiaEdge CNC Tooling.
Briscoe, who was crowned at the NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie of the year Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, will return to the seat of his own Chase Briscoe Racing No. 5 for both events.
The Mitchell, Ind., native, who cut his teeth on the dirt tracks of the Midwest before transitioning to stock-car racing,
“I’m really excited about the opportunity we’ve got coming up during the NASCAR offseason,” Briscoe noted. “If anybody watched the Eldora truck race, they saw us have DiaEdge CNC Tooling parts on our truck with ThorSport Racing. I was talking to those guys – they’re based out of Mooresville, N.C. – and first we just started talking about if they could make some titanium parts for my Chili Bowl car, and once they said they could do that no problem, they asked about doing some money stuff, too, to help out.
“So we started talking, and honestly I think within two weeks of first starting the conversation they had struck up the deal to do the Gateway dirt race and the Chili Bowl. It’s a big deal and I’m super pumped.”
Briscoe returns to his self-owned team after a Chili Bowl appearance this past January driving for Boss Factory Racing, under the guidance of noted car owner Steve Reynolds.
He finished eighth in his B-Feature during this year’s Chili Bowl, coming two spots short of a transfer into the Saturday A-Main, but Briscoe is eager to get back into his own equipment and test his skills again.
“I’m just really excited to get back into the midget, in general,” Briscoe said with a smile. “We’re actually going to do a photo shoot, a video shoot with the car next Monday, then we’ll go test out at Millbridge. I’m excited to see how it is. Last year I didn’t run my own stuff, and this year I’m going back to running my own stuff. I feel like I’ve made it a lot better since we made the Chili Bowl (finale) in my own stuff, but we haven’t ran great in the main race in the past.
“Hopefully now, with all of our improvements, we can run a lot better this year and make some noise.”
The Gateway Dirt Nationals takes place Dec. 19-21 inside The Dome at America’s Center, while the 34th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals hits the track at Tulsa Expo Raceway Jan. 13-18, 2020.