Chase Briscoe was ready to throw in the towel.
The Mitchell, Ind., native, who grew up in the world of sprint car racing, had been living in North Carolina for two-and-a-half years in search of an opportunity to race stock cars. But opportunities were few and far between and Briscoe was ready to give up, pack his things and go back to Indiana to race sprint cars.
Then he got a call from Cunningham Motorsports that changed his life and set him on a course that eventually led to the ARCA Racing Series championship.
“I got called to actually go down there (to the Cunningham Motorsports shop) by the co-owner Kerry Scherer to see if I was interested in doing a test for them,” Briscoe recalled. “I went down there and met with Paul Andrews, their general manager, and before I walked out I said: ‘I don’t really know anything about stock cars, but I’m willing to volunteer my time if you need me. I had been living in North Carolina for about two-and-a-half years and didn’t really have anything going. That was really my first opportunity and it really came at the perfect time because I was about ready to just quit and go back to running sprint cars.”
Briscoe volunteered his time at the Cunningham Motorsports shop and that led to an opportunity to run two ARCA events for the team last year. Following the season, he met with Cunningham Motorsports co-owner Briggs Cunningham and the two talked about what Briscoe wanted to do this year.
That conversation proved to be a life-changer for the son of longtime Indiana sprint car racer Kevin Briscoe.
“I went to Briggs’ house and gave him some pictures and a calendar, just thanking him for everything he did,” Briscoe said. “He sat me down and asked me what I wanted to do next year. I said: ‘Well, I’d love to run the full season for you and get you a championship, but whether it’s 10 races or five races or three or one or even if you don’t run me in any, I just appreciate everything you’ve done for me.’
“I got a call two days later and he said: ‘Well, let’s just run for the whole championship.’”