Ross Chastain

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Ross Chastain
Ross Chastain Road America 2017.jpg
Chastain at Road America in 2017
Born (1992-12-04) December 4, 1992 (age 25)
Alva, Florida
Achievements 2011 World Series of Asphalt Champion
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
10 races run over 2 years
Car no., team No. 15 (Premium Motorsports)
2017 position 54th
Best finish 54th (2017)
First race 2017 AAA 400 Drive for Autism (Dover)
Last race 2018 Toyota Owners 400 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
114 races run over 5 years
Car no., team No. 4 (JD Motorsports)
2017 position 13th
Best finish 13th (2017)
First race 2014 History 300 (Charlotte)
Last race 2018 ToyotaCare 250 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 10 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
52 races run over 6 years
2017 position 80th
Best finish 17th (2012)
First race 2011 AAA Insurance 200 (IRP)
Last race 2017 Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 14 2
Statistics current as of April 21, 2018.

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

Early career[edit]

He grew up racing at Punta Gorda Speedway in Punta Gorda, Florida[1] at the age of twelve, competing in both late model and Fastruck Series events,[2] 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.[3][4]

NASCAR[edit]

Chastain at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2015

He made his debut in NASCAR national touring series competition in the Camping World Truck Series in 2011, driving the No. 66 Chevrolet for Turn One Racing at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis,[2] finishing 10th in his inaugural event.[3] Chastain competed in four additional events in the 2011 season, with the 10th being his best finish, in preparation for a full season in the Camping World Truck Series in 2012, competing for Rookie of the Year honors with SS-Green Light Racing.[5] Driving the No. 08 truck sponsored by the National Watermelon Association and National Watermelon Promotion Board,[6] he scored a career-best finish of seventh in the second race of the season at Martinsville Speedway.[7] He bested his 7th-place finish with a 3rd-place finish at Bristol in August.[8]

In January 2013, it was announced that Chastain would drive in 15 Camping World Truck Series races in 2013 for Brad Keselowski Racing.[9] At Iowa Speedway in September, Chastain won his first career Truck Series pole for the Fan Appreciation 200;[10] he led the most laps in the race, finishing second to James Buescher as the race underwent a green-white-checkered finish.[11] Chastain also came close to the win at the penultimate race at Phoenix, finishing second to Erik Jones after leading over 60 laps.

2015 Xfinity Series car at Road America

Leaving BKR after the 2013 season, Chastain moved to Ricky Benton Racing for a part-time schedule in 2014.[12] 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.[13] He then joined JD Motorsports in 2015 replacing, Jeffrey Earnhardt. He then finished his best finish of 9th in the season opener at Daytona.

2017[edit]

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.[14] 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[15] 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.[16] 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[17] 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.[18] 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,[19] an opportunity he initially resisted after being informed of the opportunity by Xfinity team owner Johnny Davis.[20] he finished 20th.[21] He also drove the No. 15 at the fall Dover race, finishing 38th.[22] 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[edit]

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.[23][24] He started off the Xfinity season with a top-ten at Daytona International Speedway,[25] 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.[26]

Personal life[edit]

An Alva, Florida native, Chastain was a watermelon farmer on his family's farm until he turned thirteen.[27] He is a graduate of Riverdale High School in Fort Myers.[28] He attended Florida Gulf Coast University for a semester before he began racing in the Truck Series.[27]

His grandfather Jim Prevatt, father Ralph, and younger brother Chad, have all also competed in auto racing competition.[3]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(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[edit]

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
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
2018 DAY ATL
30
LVS
29
PHO
27
CAL
29
MAR
29
TEX
18
BRI
39
RCH
28
TAL
DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH DOV CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM -* 01*

Xfinity Series[edit]

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
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
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
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
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
2018 DAY
9
ATL
16
LVS
18
PHO
19
CAL
10
TEX
28
BRI
9
RCH
18
TAL
DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -*

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World 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 NCWTC Pts
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

* Season still in progress
1 not eligible for series points

References[edit]

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