Thursday’s Toyota 200 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina was the first NASCAR Xfinity Series race since March 7, and not only was it one step closer to a return to normalcy for the sports world, but it was the setting for one of the most powerful stories of the sports year.
Race winner Chase Briscoe was able to hold off Kyle Busch for the win only two days after he and his pregnant wife, Marissa, endured news of a miscarriage of their first child. Tears overcame Briscoe as he exited his car.
“This is for my wife,” he said after the race. “This is the hardest week I’ve ever had to deal with, and God is so good, man. … There’s nothing to say other than that God is so glorious.”
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Briscoe admitted to crying in his No. 98 car throughout the race as his thoughts shifted to the pain of loss suddenly forced upon his wife and him.
The Toyota 200 was originally set for Tuesday night, although rain in the area delayed the race until Thursday afternoon. While Briscoe was waiting out the rain on Tuesday, he FaceTimed his wife during her 12-week exam. He wanted to be by her side as best he could to hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time, but he watched in horror as the doctor could not find a heartbeat.
“It was unlike anything I had heard or felt before as I watched my wife’s face turn from joy to instant depression,” Briscoe said in an Instagram post. “I’ll never understand why it happen (sic) but I know that God has a plan and even though we don’t understand it He has a reason.”
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5/19/20 will be a day I’ll never forgot. So much was happening between finding out the gender of our first baby the day before, going back racing finally after the virus, and then the worst news I could have heard. I’ll never forget the feelings I felt as I FaceTimed my amazing wife during her doctors visit for “Baby Briscoe” from the infield of Darlington wishing so desperately that I could be by her side to hear the heartbeat for the first time as I sat in the rain. The nurse came in with the doppler machine and they struggled to find anything but reassured us this happens quite often and that they would do an ultrasound so we could see our daughter again at her 12 week mark and see how she was progressing. As I watched the doctor do all the stuff on the ultra sound I’ll never forget when she said “Now for the heartbeat” and then the empty black screen I saw and hearing her say “I’m so sorry”. It was like time stopped, nothing else even mattered. It was unlike anything I had heard or felt before as I watched my wife’s face turn from joy to instant depression. I’ll never understand why it happen but I know that God has a plan and even though we don’t understand it He has a reason. Marissa and I will become stronger and will try again but it still doesn’t take away the pain now. We greatly appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers.
Briscoe said he never seriously considered withdrawing from the competition, thinking that getting in the car again after a months-long hiatus was just what he and his wife needed amidst the emotions. What the 25-year-old delivered was his fourth career Xfinity Series win and one of the most thrilling finishes of the NASCAR season thus far.
Briscoe said he and his wife may not be able to understand what God will do in their lives through such devastating pain, but he trusts in God’s steadfast love and His power to heal.
“All I have to say is we have a powerful God and I know His hand was in all of this,” Briscoe said in a tweet Thursday night. “Thank you so much everyone.”
Words can’t explain the emotions I felt today. All I have to say is we have a powerful God and I know His hand was in all of this. Thank you so much everyone. pic.twitter.com/z572Khkew3
— Chase Briscoe (@ChaseBriscoe5) May 22, 2020
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