Chase Briscoe knows the rules about the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Crossing them first when the checkered flag flies is the goal.
Kissing them is OK.
Doing donuts on them is not.
Briscoe won a wild NASCAR Xfinity race on the IMS road course Saturday, and celebrated like he had long dreamed. The Mitchell, Indiana, resident is well aware of Speedway traditions, such as climbing the fence to celebrate a win (which he did) and kissing the bricks at the start/finish line (which he also did).
Just after crossing the finish line, however, the first thing he heard over his radio was:
“Don’t burnout on the bricks.”
NASCAR drivers who marked up the bricks in previous years have heard about it from IMS fans.
“I knew better than to do that,” Briscoe said. “I knew I would have been the most hated man in Indiana.”
He wondered if his other celebrations crossed a line, considering they were in a “Triple-A” series and not Cup.
“So I’m probably going to catch a little bit of hate for kissing the bricks after winning an Xfinity race,” he said. “I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity.”
Briscoe picked up his fifth Xfinity win of the season and wants to at least eight. But …
“I might never win another race again in my career, especially here at Indianapolis. … It’s special if you win on the oval, the road course, the dirt track, in the parking lot in a quarter midget. You dream of getting to kiss those bricks after a race in Indianapolis, so I wasn’t going to miss that opportunity.”