May 22 (UPI) -- Chase Briscoe broke down into tears as he knelt beside his No. 98 Ford after he won the Toyota 200, days after the death of his unborn child.
"This is for my wife," Briscoe said after the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Thursday at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. "This has been the hardest week I've ever had to deal with.
"When I took the lead with 50 laps to go, I was crying in my car. This is more than a race win. This is the biggest win of my life after the toughest day of my life. To be able to beat the best there is, is so satisfying."
Briscoe, 25, and his wife, Marissa, learned Tuesday at a doctor's appointment that the daughter they expected to have Dec. 1 didn't have a heartbeat. He posted a long message on Twitter to share the devastating news. Briscoe was in the infield Tuesday at Darlington Raceway as his wife FaceTimed him from the appointment when he learned of the death.
Emotions poured out as he took a brief moment to reflect while he knelt on the pavement after Thursday's race. He wiped tears from his face before he did post-race interviews.