Briscoe secures 2016 Bill France 4 Crown at Chicagoland

Briscoe secures 2016 Bill France 4 Crown at Chicagoland

TOLEDO, Ohio (Sept. 19, 2016) - Chase Briscoe added another feather in his cap following his win Thursday night at Chicagoland Speedway. After shoring up ARCA's Short Track championship by Protect Plus the week before at Salem, Briscoe added the Bill France 4 Crown title at Chicagoland.

Barring something unforeseen, Briscoe, with a 560-points lead, is headed toward the national title with just two races left in ARCA's 64th season. However, Briscoe's Bill France 4 Crown championship is secured.

"We definitely earned this one," Briscoe said. "This one is especially meaningful to win it. Four different kinds of race tracks where you have to be the best. This means a lot to me in my's something really special. It's definitely a huge honor to be ARCA's Bill France 4 Crown champion."

The Bill France 4 Crown, which provides a link to the series’ roots by featuring a diverse combination of tracks in any given season, included the New Jersey Motorsports Park road course, the Lucas Oil Raceway short track, the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile and Chicagoland Speedway in 2016.Chase Briscoe Car Shot DuQuoin 2016

Briscoe got off to a good start in his first road course attempt at New Jersey, finishing fourth. He followed that up with a win at Lucas Oil Raceway, one of five victories on the season so far. Then he earned a fourth-place finish on the DuQuoin dirt before putting a wrap on it at Chicagoland where he won the SCOTT 150. Of all the tracks that were part of the 2016 Bill France 4 Crown, only Lucas Oil was one that he had raced on previously, and only once before.

Tom Hessert finished second in 4 Crown points, 75 points behind Briscoe, with Matt Kurzejewski in third. Thomas Praytor finished fourth and Con Nicolopoulos finished fifth.

“The Bill France 4 Crown Award speaks to the very nature of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Considering our diverse schedule of superspeedways, short tracks, dirt ovals, and a road course, this award captures what our series is about.

”It also allows us to recognize our long standing respect and appreciation for the great leadership and professionalism Bill France Sr. contributed to ARCA, beginning in our formative years in the 1950s and continuing for decades.”

Briscoe will officially be crowned Bill France 4 Crown champion at the year-end national championship awards banquet in Indianapolis Saturday night, December 10. Briscoe also leads the way in the SCOTT Rookie of the Year, the Menards Pole presented by Ansell, the Valvoline Lap Leader, and the S&S Volvo Laps Completed. Briscoe's car owner Briggs Cunningham leads the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge while Briscoe's crew chief Chad Bryant leads the Cometic Crew Chief of the Year.

Davey Allison won the first Bill France 4 Crown championship in his rookie season in 1984. Ten-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel is the all-time Bill France 4 Crown champion with seven titles (2013, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1998).

ARCA Bill France 4 Crown Award Champions:

1984 – Davey Allison
1985 – Lee Raymond
1986 – Lee Raymond
1987 – Grant Adcox
1988 – Grant Adcox
1989 – Tracy Leslie
1990 – Bob Keselowski
1991 – Bobby Bowsher/Bill Venturini (Tie)
1992 – Bobby Bowsher
1993 – Bob Keselowski
1994 – Bob Hill
1995 – Harris DeVane
1996 – Tim Steele
1997 – Tim Steele
1998 – Frank Kimmel
1999 – Bill Baird
2000 – Tim Steele
2001 – Frank Kimmel
2002 – Frank Kimmel
2003 – Jason Jarrett
2004 – Brent Sherman
2005 – Frank Kimmel
2006 – Blake Bjorklund
2007 – Frank Kimmel
2008 – Frank Kimmel
2009 – Parker Kligerman
2010 – Joey Coulter
2011 – Chad McCumbee
2012 – Chris Buescher
2013 – Frank Kimmel
2014 – Grant Enfinger
2015 – Cunningham Motorsports
2016 - Chase Briscoe