Making the NASCAR playoffs is not Chase Briscoe’s toughest battle

Making the NASCAR playoffs is not Chase Briscoe's toughest battle

Briscoe, who drives the No. 14 Ford for SHR, is the only one of the organization’s four drivers who has run consistent enough so far this season to have a shot at making the 2024 Cup playoffs without a victory.

His team-mates – Josh Berry, Ryan Preece and Noah Gragson – will all need a win in the next 10 races to gain a berth. Briscoe would love a win as well but still has a plausible path through points to make the 16-driver field.

“We’re trying to figure out how we’re going to provide for our families next year” – Chase Briscoe

Entering this weekend’s first-ever Cup race at Iowa Speedway, Briscoe is 17th in the standings but 27 points behind Bubba Wallace, who currently holds the final playoff spot on points.

It was never going to be easy, but the unique timing and circumstances of the SHR announcement have added several additional challenges to Briscoe’s path to compete for a series championship.

First, is the uncertainty of Briscoe’s own driving career.

The end of SHR

While still competing each week and nearly two-thirds of a season still to go, the 29-year-old native of Mitchell, Ind., must now also begin the process of securing a new home with which to continue his NASCAR career.

He only was able to start that effort on May 28 – the day he was informed of SHR’s future by team co-owner Tony Stewart.

“That was the first thing I actually asked when Tony sat all the drivers down and asked if we had any questions,” Briscoe explained. “I said, ‘What does this mean for us as far as being able to talk to other teams?’ And he said, ‘You guys are free to do whatever you want.’

“So, literally while I was sitting in the room, I started texting different people just letting them know, ‘Hey, I’m going to be available and need to try to find something.’

“I think you still are trying to put yourself out there and let people know that you’re available and go talk to them and meet them and do whatever you have to do while also trying to perform on the race track and show your worth.”

But therein lies a potentially far more challenging problem Briscoe – and his team-mates for that matter – now face.

Their best hope to secure new rides comes in performing at their best. Performing at their best requires the members of their respective teams to do the same.

The problem? Every member of SHR’s NASCAR teams now knows they need a new job by early November.

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