Chase Briscoe couldn’t keep his emotions at bay. He was racing the same week his pregnant wife, Marissa, had suffered a miscarriage. And he was in line for a win.
Briscoe found a way to push through and earn that victory. He held off Kyle Busch to the checkered flag and captured the rain-delayed Toyota 200 Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.
“Even when I took a lead with 50 to go, I was crying inside the racecar,” he told Fox Sports after the victory. “Just emotionally, I wasn’t there at all.”
Briscoe, 25, announced the miscarriage Wednesday on his Instagram. He was at Darlington on Tuesday, when the Toyota 200 was originally scheduled to be run, and was watching his wife’s 12-week exam via FaceTime. The couple was informed their first child had no heartbeat.
“It was like time stopped, nothing else even mattered. It was unlike anything I had heard or felt before as I watched my wife’s face turn from joy to instant depression,” Briscoe wrote.
On Thursday, he dedicated the victory to his wife.
“This is more than a race win; this is the biggest day of my life after the toughest day of my life,” he said. “And to be able to beat the best there is, is so satisfying.”
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