DARLINGTON, S.C. – Chase Briscoe capped a heartbreaking week by winning the Xfinity Series' return to action at Darlington Raceway on Thursday.
Briscoe was in the Darlington infield Tuesday awaiting the race's original start when he digitally joined wife, Marissa, for a 12-week exam for their expected baby. The couple heard the tragic news: There was no fetal heartbeat. “The worst news I could've heard,” Briscoe posted on Instagram on Wednesday.
Still, Briscoe was in the lineup for the series' first action since March 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and used two strong restarts and a quick pit stop to finish on top. He got the lead out of the pits during the final caution, then pulled away from Kyle Busch and Justin Allgaier on the subsequent restart with seven laps to go for his fourth career win and second this season.
“This is the biggest day of my life after the toughest day of my life,” Briscoe said.
Busch seemed to have the race in hand as he took the second stage in a dominant showing. But he was called for speeding in the pits and ordered to the back of the 39-car field.
But Busch was there to challenge Briscoe at the end, the cars touching off the final turn before Briscoe crossed the finish line in front by 0.08 second.
Allgaier was third, Austin Cindric fourth and Noah Gragson, the pole sitter who won the first stage, was fifth.
Vanderbilt AD hire makes SEC history
Vanderbilt has removed the interim title, making Candice Storey Lee the first woman to become an athletic director in the Southeastern Conference. With Vanderbilt's announcement Wednesday, Lee now is among only five women and the second black woman in charge of a Power Five program. Daniel Diermeier, who takes over as Vanderbilt's chancellor on July 1, said Lee is the “living embodiment” of the university's values and aspirations. Lee, 41, a former Commodores basketball captain, was named interim athletic director Feb. 4 when Malcolm Turner resigned after one year on the job.
European Tour considers return
The European Tour hopes to resume its season the first weekend in August in England as part of a four-tournament “bubble” in England and Wales, Golf Digest reported Thursday. The magazine cited sources with knowledge of the plans in saying the British Masters, scheduled for July 30 to Aug. 2, would be followed by three tournaments offering 1 million euros, or $1.1 million, in prize money at Forest of Arden and Hanbury Manor in England, and Celtic Manor in Wales. The Europe Tour said it could not comment.
Rec league results
In the Railroaders League at Eagle Glen, Owen Roberts, Bob Werhowatz, Nevin Aiken, and Steve Blotkamp were 5 under on the front nine; Roger Platt, Chon Michael, Dick Burns, and Everett Hardy were 3 under on the back nine. Werhowatz won closest to the pin on Nos. 2 and 17, and Platt won on Nos. 7 and 11.