MITCHELL, Ind. – Chase Briscoe Racing has hired all-time AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series wins leader Dave Darland to pilot the team’s No. 5 sprint car for the upcoming season.
Darland will take the controls for team owner and NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Chase Briscoe beginning with the upcoming Winter Dirt Games X tripleheader at Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park.
Known as The People’s Champ, Darland has been racing for nearly 40 years. Racing quarter midgets as a kid, Darland and his father bought a sprint car when the former was 15 years old, and the rest was history.
Darland hopes to add to his record 62 USAC national sprint car wins this season with the support of Briscoe and the CBR team.
“I feel great about this opportunity. I’m excited; they have a great team with Chase, Kevin, Brady Short and Brent Deweese,” said Darland. “Kevin (Briscoe) and I go back a long way. We’re similar to the same age and kind of started around the same time, in the same way. I was growing up and watching his cars run, so I know Richard (Briscoe) has owned some great teams.
“Being associated with the Briscoes for the first time in my career is a good feeling. Being 52 years old and getting a good solid ride like this, at my age, makes me feel good and I plan on giving them 100 percent every night,” Darland continued. “I want to thank the Briscoes and all of our sponsors for the opportunity. I look forward to working with those guys as a team. 2019 has all the potential to be a great season for us.”
Briscoe noted that the team’s tentative plan, pending sponsorship, is to contend for the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series title, which Darland won for Hoffman Auto Racing back in 1999.
“I can’t wait to have Dave in the car. When it comes to USAC competition, you can’t find anyone more accomplished or better with the fans than he is,” said Briscoe. “There is a reason he is called the People’s Champ. Dave is someone I’ve looked up to throughout my career and it’s going to be so cool to have him in the car.
“My Grandpa has always said that Dave is the one driver he always wanted to have drive for him and it never worked out, so it’s really neat for our whole family for this to come full circle,” Briscoe added. “I’m confident Dave will continue to put our car up front and battle for wins, and hopefully we can get a little more sponsorship put together and contend for the USAC national title.”