Ruoff Mortgage 500k of Phoenix — BRISCOE WINS!

Race Winner: Chase Briscoe of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)

SHR Race Completion:

Chase Briscoe (started 6th, finished 1st/running, completed 312 of 312 laps)

Kevin Harvick (Started 16th, finished 6th/Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)

● Aric Almirola (Started 5th, Finished 12th / Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)

● Cole Custer (started 25th, finished 16th / running, completed 312 of 312 laps)

SHR Points:

● Chase Briscoe (5th with 126 points, 10 out of first)

● Aric Almirola (6th with 122 points, 14 from the first)

● Kevin Harvick (10th with 111 points, 25 from first)

● Cole Custer (24th with 73 points, 63 from first)

Victory Notes:

● Briscoe’s victory in the Ruoff Mortgage 500k marked the 93rd overall victory for SHR. It was the organization’s 67th points-paying NASCAR Cup Series victory and the seventh at Phoenix.

● SHR won its first race at Phoenix in April 2010 with former SHR driver Ryan Newman. His other five wins came with Harvick in March 2014, November 2014, March 2015, March 2016 and March 2018.

● This was SHR’s 31st victory in the NASCAR Cup Series with Ford. Former SHR driver Kurt Busch’s victory in the 2017 Daytona 500 was SHR’s first with Ford.

● This was Ford’s 713th all-time NASCAR Cup Series victory.

● This was Ford’s 18th win in the series-leading NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix. The manufacturer won the first two races at Phoenix with NASCAR Hall of Famer Alan Kulwicki on November 6, 1988 and Bill Elliott on November 5, 1989.

Briscoe Notes:

● This was Briscoe’s first career win in the NASCAR Cup Series and came in his second season with SHR.

● This was Briscoe’s 40th NASCAR Cup Series start and only his third at Phoenix.

● Briscoe is the third driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to earn his first career win at Phoenix, joining Kulwicki (1988) and Bobby Hamilton (1996).

● Briscoe is the 88th different driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race with Ford.

● Briscoe finished second in Stage 1 to earn nine bonus points and eighth in Stage 2 to earn three more bonus points.

● Briscoe led three times for 101 laps: his first few laps he led at Phoenix.

Harvik’s notes:

● Harvick posted his second top-10 finish of the season and his 28th top-10 finish in 39 starts in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix.

● Harvick’s 28 top 10s at Phoenix are the best among all NASCAR Cup Series drivers, past and present. Next best is Kyle Busch with 24 top-10s, who is tied for second all-time with NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon.

● This was Harvick’s 18th consecutive top-10 finish at Phoenix, a streak that began on November 10, 2013 when Harvick won his fourth NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix. Harvick is now tied with NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most consecutive top-10 finishes at a single track, as both Petty and Earnhardt each posted 18 consecutive top-10 finishes at North Wilkesboro (NC ) Speedway.

● Since joining SHR in 2014, Harvick has never finished outside the top 10 at Phoenix and has earned five of his nine wins.

● Harvick finished eighth in Stage 1 to earn three bonus points and third in Stage 2 to earn an additional eight bonus points.

Almirola notes:

● Almirola posted his fourth top-15 of the season and his 14th top-15 in 23 starts in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix.

● This was Almirola’s fourth consecutive top 15 finish. He finished fifth in the season-opening Daytona 500, sixth on Feb. 27 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., and sixth again in the series’ previous race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

● Since joining SHR in 2018, Almirola has finished in the top 15 at Phoenix all but once: 22 in November 2019.

Custer’s Notes:

● This was Custer’s second consecutive top-20 finish at Phoenix. He finished 13th in the series’ previous visit to the track last November.

Race Notes:

● Briscoe’s margin over second place Ross Chastain was .771 of a second.

● There were eight caution periods for a total of 52 laps.

● Twenty of the 36 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

● Joey Logano leaves Phoenix as the championship leader with a four-point lead over second-place Kyle Busch.

sound snippets:

“That’s unbelievable. I was crying the whole last lap. I mean, this is definitely a team win. I have to thank everyone who’s gotten me to this point. Seven years ago, I was sleeping on couches, ready to give up. I was given an opportunity and it has led to this. I feel so blessed to be driving in the organization, the team, the car that was my hero growing up. To get this 14 back to victory lane, to do it with Mahindra Tractors , his first year in the sport, everyone who believed in me. It’s amazing.” Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Ford Mustang Mahindra Tractors

“It was a good day for us. Reboots weren’t 100 percent our strong point. We had a little problem with the movement of the brakes that pushed the car to the right when braking, so I couldn’t go into the corners the way I wanted. It’s still a good day and the car ran well. I couldn’t really plug in all the corners throughout the day. Putting an SHR car in victory lane and running in the top five all day for us is always a good day.” Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Ford Mustang Hunt Brothers Pizza

“Congratulations to Chase. Very happy for them. We had speed and battled some balance issues all day, but we just kept improving our Smithfield Ford. We keep fighting all day to try to be there at the end. I am very proud of this team for another hard-fought day. We didn’t keep the top 10 streak alive, but we’re still competitive at every track we visit, and that’s all you can ask for. It was a good day for our entire organization. I’m looking forward to Atlanta next week to move on.” Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang

“It was a solid day, no mistakes. We had good speed on long runs, but we couldn’t get it on short runs. Overall, it’s something we can build on, we just wish we had a little more.” – Cole Custer, driver of the No. 41 Ford Mustang HaasTooling.com

Following:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Folds of Honor 500 on Sunday, March 20 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race begins at 3 pm EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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