Ross Chastain
Ross Chastain


Ross Chastain
Ross Chastain (born December 4, 1992) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR

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Ross ChastainChastain at Dover International Speedway in 2018Born (1992-12-04) December 4, 1992 (age 26)
Alva, FloridaAchievements2011 World Series of Asphalt ChampionMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career36 races run over 2 yearsCar no., teamNo. 15 (Premium Motorsports)2018 position58thBest finish54th (2017)First race2017 AAA 400 Drive for Autism (Dover)Last race2018 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead) Wins Top tens Poles 0 0 0 NASCAR Xfinity Series career139 races run over 5 yearsCar no., teamNo. 10 (Kaulig Racing)
No. 4 (JD Motorsports)2018 position10thBest finish10th (2018)First race2014 History 300 (Charlotte)Last race2018 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)First win2018 DC Solar 300 (Las Vegas) Wins Top tens Poles 1 15 1 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career60 races run over 8 yearsTruck no., teamNo. 45 (Niece Motorsports)2018 position96thBest finish17th (2012)First race2011 AAA Insurance 200 (IRP)Last race2018 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead) Wins Top tens Poles 0 16 2 Statistics current as of February 15, 2019.

Ross Chastain (born December 4, 1992) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Premium Motorsports, full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 10 Chevrolet Camaro for Kaulig Racing and the No. 4 Camaro for JD Motorsports, and part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports.

Chastain's first victory in NASCAR competition came in the 2018 DC Solar 300, driving for CGR and sweeping all three race stages.

Contents Early career

Chastain started racing at the age of twelve, his interest piqued by his father's hobby racing and other kids his age racing.[1] His home track was Punta Gorda Speedway in Punta Gorda, Florida,[2] at the age of twelve, competing in both late model and Fastruck Series events.[3] Even those races, at tracks like Citrus County Speedway, Auburndale Speedway and DeSoto Speedway, were run on a tight budget, a theme that would carry on to much of Chastain's career in the higher ranks of NASCAR.[4] His short track career saw Chastain scoring over fifty wins in feature events, including the 2011 World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway, winning three of eight events in the series.[5][6]

NASCAR Chastain at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2015

After making the move to Charlotte in mid-2011, Chastain took over the No. 66 Turn One Racing entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after Justin Marks vacated the seat. His first Truck race, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, was his first race with live pit stops.[7] He finished 10th in that event.[5] Connections in the watermelon farming industry got Chastain four more races, which were marred by incidents at Bristol Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. At Homestead-Miami Speedway, rain prevented the Turn One team from making the race, so the team bought an RSS Racing start and park entry and ran the full race, finishing two laps down.[7] It was later announced that Chastain would compete for Rookie of the Year honors with SS-Green Light Racing in 2012.[8] Driving the No. 08 truck sponsored by the National Watermelon Association and National Watermelon Promotion Board,[9] he scored a career-best finish of seventh in the second race of the season at Martinsville Speedway.[10] He bested his 7th-place finish with a 3rd-place finish at Bristol in August.[11]

In January 2013, it was announced that Chastain would drive in 15 Camping World Truck Series races in 2013 for Brad Keselowski Racing.[12] At Iowa Speedway in September, Chastain won his first career Truck Series pole for the Fan Appreciation 200;[13] he led the most laps in the race, finishing second to James Buescher as the race underwent a green-white-checkered finish.[14] Chastain also came close to the win at the penultimate race at Phoenix, finishing second to Erik Jones after leading over 60 laps. Years later, Chastain said that he initially made the move to BKR as an attempt to get in a Team Penske ride, but that BKR and Penske did not view the situation that way.[7]

2014–2016

Leaving BKR after the 2013 season, Chastain moved to RBR Enterprises for a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for 2014.[15] Comments before and after the Martinsville race, as well as racing actions during the race, led the team to fire Chastain from the ride.[1] In May, he announced he would make his debut in the Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series) at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driving the No. 55 for Viva Motorsports.[16] Chastain later drove for Hattori Racing Enterprises at Michigan International Speedway, replacing Johnny Sauter. If that opportunity did not arise, Chastain was set to replace another driver that weekend, John Wes Townley in the No. 5 Wauters Motorsports truck at Gateway Motorsports Park.[17] In the race with HRE, Chastain finished twelfth, which was to that point the team's best finish in NASCAR competition.[18] The finish eventually turned into more sporadic appearances with HRE throughout the rest of the season.[19] Chastain also joined the team for a part-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East effort that year.[20]

2015 Xfinity Series car at Road America

He then joined JD Motorsports in 2015, replacing Jeffrey Earnhardt. The opportunity emerged after Chastain raced with TriStar Motorsports at the end of the 2014 season. His car was comparable to the performances of the JDM cars, which led to a deal in the offseason.[7] Chastain logged one top-ten on the year, a ninth in the season-opening PowerShares QQQ 300, and got into an altercation with Ryan Reed after a race at Richmond International Raceway. Reed claimed Chastain made too much contact on late restarts and vowed payback, while Chastain simply brushed the incident off as a difference of opinions in short-track racing.[21]

2017

Chastain’s 2017 Xfinity season was the best of his career, scoring a top five at Iowa and two top tens as well as finishing 13th in points, highest of the non-playoff drivers.[22] He achieved this after a tight points battle with J.J. Yeley for the spot in the last four races of the season. In the second half of the season, Chastain rarely finished outside the top twenty and mainly finished in the mid-teens.

The season was marred by two fights with fellow Xfinity drivers, one with Jeremy Clements at Bristol after Clements confronted him[23] and one with Brendan Gaughan at Texas after heated on-track competition. Chastain, Gaughan and crew members from both teams brawled behind Victory Lane at the conclusion of the night race. A crew member from JD Motorsports teammate Garrett Smithley was taken to the hospital with a head injury after the fight.[24] Chastain blamed the confrontation on Gaughan, saying the Richard Childress Racing driver attacked him, but also acknowledged that he races hard and does not play favorites. Gaughan initially avoided discussing the incident with reporters[25] but later boasted about the incident on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and said that he received several text messages from fellow drivers who were happy about the incident. He did admit that he could've handled the situation later but didn't really care about it.[26] That opinion was likely influenced by the fact that 2017 was Gaughan's final Xfinity season, as any retaliation would have to happen within the next two races.

In 2017, Chastain joined Premium Motorsports' No. 15 car for his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover,[27] an opportunity he initially resisted after being informed of the opportunity by Xfinity team owner Johnny Davis.[28] he finished 20th.[29] Chastain heard from various sources that his driving style made multiple drivers mad on-track, but Chastain says it doesn't bother him.[30] He also drove the No. 15 at the fall Dover race, finishing 38th.[31] Chastain was originally on the entry list to drive the No. 7 car, the second car for Premium Motorsports, at the Cup series season finale at Homestead, but the team withdrew.

2018

In late September 2017, Chastain announced that he would return to JD Motorsports for a fourth year, running the entire 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, as well as hinting at another part-time Cup schedule with Premium Motorsports.[32][33] He started off the Xfinity season with a top-ten at Daytona International Speedway,[34] and ran his first Cup race of 2018 the week after at Atlanta Motor Speedway. By the Easter off weekend, Chastain had expanded his Cup schedule, which had included every race since Atlanta, to all of the race weekends where the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series run at the same track.[35] Chastain also returned to the truck series at Iowa on an off week for the Cup Series and a companion race with the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 50 truck for Beaver Motorsports. He continued to run most of the Cup schedule, running the entirety of the summer schedule save for the Sonoma Raceway event, where Justin Marks drove.[36] Chastain tied his career-best finish Xfinity Series finish at Iowa Speedway, avoiding last-lap chaos to bring home another fourth-place finish.[37] At the Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio, Chastain and Joey Gase made contact multiple times on the final lap, eventually leading Gase to spin off track. On pit road after the race, Gase swerved his car toward Chastain with spectators and crew members in the vicinity. The two later had a shouting match and Gase was tackled by one of Chastain's crew members. After a trip to the NASCAR hauler, Gase called Chastain a "golden boy" and threatened to derail Chastain's playoff hopes.[38] Chastain hopped in the Premium Motorsports No. 15 truck for the World of Westgate 200 and finished seventh, Premium's best-ever finish across all three NASCAR national series.[39]

Chastain during practice at Dover in October 2018

On the strength of a summer performance that saw him hold down the final Xfinity Series playoff spot, Chastain and Chip Ganassi Racing announced a three-race agreement for Chastain to pilot the organization's No. 42 entry for races at Darlington Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Richmond Raceway.[40] The races came at the expense of John Hunter Nemechek, who could not sell sponsorship for the races. DC Solar was announced as a backer for Chastain's effort.[36] Chastain had previously met the CEO of DC Solar at Auto Club Speedway in 2018, and plans materialized from there.[41] For the first race of the trio, Chastain held top-ten spots in both practices, finishing second in first practice.[42] He later claimed the pole over Christopher Bell,[43] and during the race won the first two stages.[44] During the third stage, Chastain was battling for the race lead with Kevin Harvick with thirty-five laps to go. Through turns one and two of the traditionally one-groove Darlington track, the lapped car of Chad Finchum took the top-groove racing lane, leaving Harvick and Chastain jostling for positions in the bottom lanes. After clearing Finchum, Harvick slid up into Chastain who then slid up into the wall. On the backstretch, Chastain hooked Harvick's machine into the outside wall, ending Harvick's day.[44] Harvick later parked in Chastain's pit stall before giving a heated post-race interview calling Chastain "inexperienced" and saying that Chastain will "never get to drive many of them again. Chip Ganassi then responded on Twitter, defending Chastain's performance and stating that he "helped himself to many future opportunities"."[45] Chastain, for his part, finished 25th after repairs and called running up front "cool" and also saying "I don't care what Harvick says."[46]

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Chastain in a TV interview after the race[47]

After running a race with JD Motorsports at Indianapolis, Chastain returned to CGR for the DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He once again performed well throughout the weekend, securing the second-fastest time in final practice and the fifth starting spot for the race.[48][49] Once again the class of the field, Chastain led all but twenty of the 200 laps in the race and prevailed over Justin Allgaier for the victory, his first in over 200 starts in NASCAR.[50] True to his roots, Chastain smashed a watermelon on the track as a final victory celebration.[50] In a post-race media conference, he admitted to crying a bit in the closing laps of the race due to the gravity of the win.[51] With the win, a playoff birth was wrapped up, the first of his career.[52] Chastain also revealed that he was not being paid to drive the car, something that he claimed was reason for ridicule within the sport.[53] Chastain fell out of the playoffs after the opening round after Matt Tifft made a late-race rally at Dover, claiming the final spot by three points.[54]

Towards the latter part of the 2018 season, Chastain joined Niece Motorsports for some NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. Although some were surprised at how well Chastain ran in those races, Chastain instead said that the organization was better than the community gave it credit for.[7]

2019

On October 6, 2018, it was reported that Chastain had agreed to drive the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with Premium Motorsports, and a deal with Chip Ganassi Racing for more Xfinity Series races was likely.[55] On November 9, 2018, Chastain and CGR announced a full season in the No. 42 Xfinity Series car for 2019. DC Solar, instrumental in Chastain's introduction to the team, remained on as sponsor.[56] However, after DC Solar was raided by the FBI on December 18, 2018, the team lost the sponsorship and shut down in January.[57][58][59][60]

In January 2019, Chastain joined Niece Motorsports to drive the No. 45 Silverado part-time in the Truck Series, splitting the truck with Reid Wilson.[61] On January 31, Chastain announced he would return to the No. 4 JD Motorsports ride for 30 races, replacing Blake Koch, who stepped away to focus on business ventures. For the other three races of the schedule - Daytona in February, Chicagoland in June, and Texas in November - Chastain announced he would join Kaulig Racing, driving the organization's No. 10 entry.[62] In his first race with Niece, Chastain began the season with a third-place finish in the 2019 NextEra Energy 250.[63]

Personal life

A native of Alva, Florida, Chastain was a watermelon farmer on his family's farm until he turned thirteen.[64] He is a graduate of Riverdale High School in Fort Myers.[65] Chastain attended Florida Gulf Coast University for a semester before he began racing in the Truck Series.[64]

While Chastain's father did race a bit as a hobby, Ross is the first generation of his family to race competitively. Ross started racing at age twelve after seeing his father hobby race and seeing other kids his age race.[1]

Motorsports career results NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts Ref 2017 Premium Motorsports 15 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV
20 POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV
38 CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 54th 01 [66] 2018 DAY ATL
30 LVS
29 PHO
27 CAL
29 MAR
29 TEX
18 BRI
39 RCH
28 TAL
25 DOV
28 KAN
26 CLT
24 POC
28 MCH
26 SON CHI
30 DAY
21 KEN
28 NHA
25 POC
35 GLN
32 MCH
35 BRI
26 DAR
28 IND
26 LVS
20 RCH
33 DOV
37 TAL
24 KAN
39 MAR
29 TEX
32 PHO
24 HOM
33 58th 01 [67] 7 CLT
24 2019 15 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 01 Daytona 500 Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish 2019 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 36 Xfinity Series NASCAR Xfinity Series results Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref 2014 Viva Motorsports 55 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL IOW CLT
18 DOV DAY
29 NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH 96th1 01 [68] Hattori Racing Enterprises 80 Toyota MCH
12 ROA KEN CHI
19 KEN
10 DOV KAN CLT
21 TEX PHO TriStar Motorsports 10 Toyota HOM
14 2015 JD Motorsports 4 Chevy DAY
9 ATL
24 LVS
18 PHO
27 CAL
17 TEX
21 BRI
27 RCH
17 TAL
25 IOW
32 CLT
31 DOV
16 MCH
21 DAY
10 KEN
20 NHA
37 IND
22 IOW
10 GLN
17 MOH
19 BRI
17 DAR
10 RCH
15 CHI
16 KEN
18 DOV
37 CLT
24 KAN
14 TEX
16 PHO
19 HOM
19 15th 785 [69] 01 CHI
18 ROA
27 2016 4 DAY
22 ATL
28 LVS
16 PHO
24 CAL
19 TEX
21 BRI
22 RCH
18 TAL
16 DOV
20 CLT
17 POC
19 MCH
16 IOW
14 DAY
11 KEN
22 NHA
31 IND
21 IOW
18 GLN
14 MOH
14 BRI
32 ROA
33 DAR
29 RCH
24 CHI
39 KEN
19 DOV
12 CLT
21 KAN
13 TEX
21 PHO
20 HOM
22 16th 670 [70] 2017 DAY
16 ATL
25 LVS
25 PHO
22 CAL
37 TEX
23 BRI
31 RCH
38 TAL
19 CLT
15 DOV
21 POC
24 MCH
19 IOW
4 DAY
6 KEN
20 NHA
19 IND
16 IOW
18 GLN
19 MOH
15 BRI
15 ROA
13 DAR
14 RCH
28 CHI
22 KEN
21 DOV
12 CLT
14 KAN
17 TEX
19 PHO
19 HOM
17 13th 595 [71] 2018 DAY
9 ATL
16 LVS
18 PHO
19 CAL
10 TEX
28 BRI
9 RCH
18 TAL
34 DOV
16 CLT
26 POC
11 MCH
14 IOW
19 CHI
13 DAY
10 KEN
17 NHA
26 IOW
4 GLN
20 MOH
16 BRI
12 ROA
7 IND
12 CLT
12 DOV
13 KAN
25 TEX
11 PHO
15 HOM
16 10th 2184 [72] Chip Ganassi Racing 42 Chevy DAR
25* LVS
1* RCH
2 2019 Kaulig Racing 10 Chevy DAY CHI TEX -* -* JD Motorsports 4 Chevy ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN PHO HOM Gander Outdoors Truck Series NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NGOTC Pts Ref 2011 Turn One Racing 66 Chevy DAY PHO DAR MAR NSH DOV CLT KAN TEX KEN IOW NSH IRP
10 POC MCH BRI
19 ATL CHI NHA KEN
22 LVS TAL MAR TEX
16 34th 126 [73] Panhandle Motorsports 20 Toyota HOM
DNQ RSS Racing 93 Chevy HOM
27 2012 SS-Green Light Racing 08 Toyota DAY
28 MAR
7 CAR
25 KAN
34 CLT
35 DOV
15 TEX
16 KEN
33 IOW
16 CHI
13 POC
10 MCH
18 BRI
3 ATL
20 IOW
11 KEN
28 LVS
25 TAL
34 MAR
23 TEX
31 HOM
10 17th 502 [74] 07 Chevy PHO
33 2013 Brad Keselowski Racing 19 Ford DAY
14 MAR
20 CAR KAN CLT
9 DOV
16 TEX
13 KEN IOW
13 ELD POC
5 MCH BRI MSP
7 IOW
2* CHI LVS
14 TAL
3 MAR
14 TEX PHO
2 HOM
8 18th 484 [75] 2014 RBR Enterprises 92 Ford DAY
30 MAR
14 KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO 45th 77 [76] Win-Tron Racing 35 Toyota HOM
11 2015 Hattori Racing Enterprises 18 Toyota DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI
DNQ NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 112th 01 [77] 2016 Bolen Motorsports 66 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL
15 MAR TEX PHO HOM 95th 01 [78] 2017 DAY
30 ATL
10 MAR
7 KAN
18 CLT
19 DOV
15 TEX GTW IOW KEN
13 ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 80th 01 [79] 2018 Beaver Motorsports 50 Chevy DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW
30 GTW
29 96th 01 [80] Premium Motorsports 15 Chevy CHI
26 KEN ELD POC MCH LVS
7 TAL MAR Niece Motorsports 38 Chevy BRI
12 MSP TEX
26 PHO HOM
16 2019 45 DAY
3 ATL LVS MAR TEX DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN POC ELD MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR PHO HOM -* 01* [81] K&N Pro Series East NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 NKNPSEC Pts Ref 2014 Hattori Racing Enterprises 1 Toyota NSM DAY BRI GRE RCH IOW BGS FFL LGY NHA COL
6 IOW
17 GLN VIR GRE DOV 39th 66 [82]

* Season still in progress
1 not eligible for series points

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