Everyone’s favorite watermelon farmer and rain delay fight starter Ross Chastain is getting a shot in good equipment, again, finally.
Chastain will drive in three Xfinity races for Chip Ganassi Racing in the #42 starting at Darlington and continue to Las Vegas and Richmond. Chastain takes over the #42 from John Hunter Nemechek who was unable to secure funding for those races.
Currently, Chastain drives for JD Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. He has taken that underfunded #4 team and has them in position to make the Xfinity Series playoffs. A massive accomplishment for the small team. Chastain now has the chance to widen the gap and then possibly steal a win in the playoffs giving his #4 team a chance at advancing out of the first round.
Ross Chastain isn’t a new name around NASCAR. The 25-year old from Florida raced a full season in the truck series in 2012 before racing in 14 of 22 truck races with Brad Keselowski Racing in 2013. In those 14 starts, he recorded 7 Top-10’s and 4 Top-5’s.
Following his BKR truck stint, Chastain spent 2014 bouncing around before landing at JD Motorsports in 2015 and has raced there ever since. He continually outperforms his equipment including a 4th place finish weeks ago at Iowa. His performance this year earned him a shot with Ganassi.
DC Solar could have elected to put John Hunter Nemechek in the car. Instead, they opted for Chastain which speaks volumes for Chastain’s abilities. It will be interesting to see if Ross can become the Ganassi version of Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ryan Preece.
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