CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Chase Briscoe may have been at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series banquet on Saturday night to collect the tour’s Most Popular Driver Award, but he also made a big announcement during the celebration as well.
Briscoe is expanding his Chase Briscoe Racing dirt track operation to include multiple winged 410ci sprint car appearances next season, alongside a schedule of midget and non-wing sprint car races as well.
It’s an effort that Briscoe described as “all hands on deck,” and has been going on at full song even as Briscoe has been preparing his own midget to race in Saturday’s Junior Knepper 55 inside DuQuoin’s Southern Illinois Center.
“We’ve been pretty busy since the Truck season ended at Homestead,” said Briscoe. “There’s been a lot going on around my shop … with expanding the team in a big way. We’re adding two winged cars, two more non-winged cars and running the midget as well.”
“It’s been fun; we’re going to be busy with a lot of different drivers, but that’s a lot of what makes what we do at the race track and in the sport so enjoyable.”
Reigning Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League champion Logan Seavey has been tabbed by Briscoe to be the regular driver for both the winged and non-winged sprint car efforts, with other drivers filling the seat as needed when other obligations prevent Seavey from piloting Briscoe’s machinery.
“Our main focus next year is going to be Logan,” Briscoe affirmed. “I feel like he’s the next up-and-coming guy, and he’ll have a lot going on this coming year … between running for Keith Kunz some in the midget and then hopping in our winged and non-winged sprint cars probably 40 or so times next year.”
“We’ll still have Thomas Meseraull involved with us here and there, whenever Logan’s busy, and I want to try and get Dave Darland to come and run a few races with us as well. It’s going to be a fun year; we’ll have a few seat swaps, but I’m excited about what’s ahead and glad to continue to be a big part of the dirt track world where my own career got started.”
Briscoe had high praise for Seavey, who captured the POWRi title in his first full season with the series this year, and is also a former winner of the prestigious Speed51 Open for mini-outlaw karts at Millbridge (N.C.) Speedway.
“Logan’s just a good kid. I’ve probably known him for about four or five years now, from racing online with him (in the rFactor and iRacing simulation services),” said Briscoe. “It’s crazy how much now the sim world translates over to real life.”
“This year, he got his first real opportunity in a midget and won the POWRi national championship, and he came and ran our sprint car one night and was phenomenal. It was a no-brainer for me to want to get him involved with us in a bigger way.”
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