Briscoe’s heartbreaking week ends with Xfinity victory

Chase Briscoe is emotional after the win.
Chase Briscoe is emotional after the win. (wsls-tv)

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Chase Briscoe was grateful to bring a moment or two of happiness to wife Marissa in the worst week of their lives.

It was Tuesday, during a 12-week exam, that they learned that their expected child — they only learned Monday that it was a girl — had no fetal heartbeat.

Two days later, Briscoe won the Xfinity Series' return to action when he held off Kyle Busch at Darlington Raceway.

“This has been the hardest week I've ever had to deal with and God is so good,” Briscoe said. “Even when I took the lead with 50 to go, I was crying inside the race car.”

Briscoe joined his wife's appointment on a video call from the infield at Darlington, awaiting the rain-delayed race's orginal start time. He and Marissa shared their news on Instagram on Wednesday, hoping it might help others cope with similar tragedies.

His story will reach so many more after the victory Thursday.

“This is more than a race win,” he said. “This is the biggest day of my life after the toughest day in my life, and to be able to best the best there is is so satisfying.”

Briscoe said he never seriously considered pulling out of the competition, that racing might be “therapuetic" in the series' first event since March 7 in Phoenix due to the coronavirus pandemic.