Briscoe earns 8th Xfinity win of season

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

LAS VEGAS (AP) Chase Briscoe routed the field in the Xfinity Series playoff opener for his eighth win of the season, the number he's said should earn him a promotion to NASCAR's top level.

Briscoe, in a Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, won all three stages Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, then beat hometown driver Noah Gragson on a late restart to grab control of the Xfinity Series title race.

Briscoe led 164 of the 200 laps and earned an automatic berth into the second round of the playoffs. There will be a new Xfinity Series champion for the first time in three years this season and Briscoe is one of the favorites.

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