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Chase Briscoe speeds, spins and still wins Pocono Xfinity race

Briscoe overcame a pit road speeding penalty, spun out while leading at one point and used a nudge and pass of Ross Chastain with one lap remaining in overtime to win Saturday’s Pocono Green 225.

The is Briscoe’s fourth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season, including two of the last three, and sixth of his career.

Chastain ended up second and came away with the final $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus of the season. Chastain claimed two of the four bonuses this season.

“We were really not that good at the beginning and we didn’t have the speed I really anticipated us to have here,” Briscoe said. “The guys kept working on it and getting it better and better. We had the lead there after I sped on pit road – I was little worried but a lot of the good cars got torn up and it made it a little easier to get back through the field.

“Racing Ross was pretty fun. He’s also one of the hardest guys to race against and pass.”

Asked how much concern he had when Chastain quickly grabbed the lead on the final restart, Briscoe said, “There was a ton of concern. I was really tight and I felt if I went to the bottom (lane) I’d get too tight on exit.

“When I was catching Ross, I knew his trouble was in (Turn 2), he was just so loose. I just tried to use that to my advantage. It was fun. We raced clean the whole time. It’s fun when you can do that.”

Jeremy Clements finished third, Myatt Snider was fourth and Michael Annett completed the top-five.

The Xfinity Series returns to action next Saturday for its first-ever race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, part of a NASCAR-IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend.

On Lap 48 of the scheduled 90 laps, Justin Haley got into Riley Herbst off Turn 3 and sent him into the wall to bring out a caution. NASCAR assessed a two-lap penalty to Haley for “aggressive driving,” deeming the act intentional.

Several cars elected to pit under the caution, but Chastain remained on the track and led the way when the race returned to green on Lap 53.

Noah Gragson got loose off Turn 1 following contact with Snider and then got into Daniel Hemric to bring the caution back out. Hemric then shot across the track and triggered a multi-car wreck that also collected Ryan Sieg, Justin Allgaier and Austin Cindric.

When the race returned to green on Lap 58, Briscoe was the new leader followed by Moffitt and Jesse Little.

With 25 laps to go in the race, Briscoe had built a 1.1-second lead over Snider with Chastain running third.

Briscoe spun off the exit of Turn 2 on Lap 69 after he apparently suffered a flat left-rear tire, Snider inherited the lead as a caution was displayed.

Most lead-lap cars elected to pit under the caution but Snider stayed out. On the restart on Lap 73, Snider was followed by Annett , Brett Moffitt, B.J. McLeod and Ryan Sieg.

With 14 laps to go, Chastain got around Snider to retake the lead as Briscoe moved back up to third.

On Lap 81, Briscoe was able to run down Chastain and reclaim the lead, only to see Chastain return the favor before the end of the lap.

Briscoe went back to the inside of Chastain on Lap 84 power his way back into the top spot.

Chad Finchum spun and hit the Turn 2 wall to bring out the ninth caution of the race and set up another dramatic finish.

A handful of drivers pit under the caution but Briscoe remained on the track and in the lead when the race returned to green in the two-lap overtime. Briscoe was followed by Chastain, Allgaier, Sieg and Moffitt.

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