Wendell Chavous

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Wendell Chavous
Born (1985-02-28) February 28, 1985 (age 33)
Hephzibah, Georgia
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
50 races run over 4 years
2017 position16th
Best finish16th (2017)
First race2014 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race2018 Fr8Auctions 250 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of October 13, 2018.

Wendell Chavous (born February 28, 1985) is a retired American professional stock car racing driver and current entrepreneur. He last competed part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving both the Nos. 15 and 49 Chevrolet Silverados for Premium Motorsports. He has also driven for MAKE Motorsports and Mike Harmon Racing in the NCWTS.[1]

Chavous is also the owner of Steel Barn Truss, a manufacturing business that makes barn trusses.

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Chavous made a name racing late models on dirt tracks, including appearances at the Fastrak Grand Nationals.[2]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Driving for Mike Harmon, Chavous made his first Truck start in the 2014 Kroger 200, starting last in the 36-truck field but making his way up to 27th. Two weeks later at Phoenix International Raceway, Chavous finished in the same spot in Harmon's No. 74, albeit more than 30 laps down. Switching to MAKE Motorsports for the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 a week later, Chavous fell out with electrical problems and finished 31st.[3] After running sporadically in Premium Motorsports' No. 94 for the beginning part of 2015, the team and Chavous announced at Eldora Speedway that he would pilot the truck for the rest of the season.[4] However, the deal fell through, with Chavous running only the next three races. His best finish was a sixteenth before the announcement at Kansas Speedway.[5] He ran seven races on the season.[6]

On February 13, 2017, Premium Motorsports announced that Chavous would compete for 2017 Truck Series Rookie of the Year driving the team's No. 49 entry.[7] Chavous ran the full schedule, except Mosport and Phoenix where he was replaced by Gary Klutt, and Robby Lyons, respectively.[8] He scored a career-best finish of 14th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the fall.[9]

On January 29, 2018, it was announced that Chavous would return to Premium's No. 49 entry for another full-time effort in 2018.[10] Brian Keselowski returned as crew chief.[11] As part of the announcement, addiction help nonprofit Sobriety Nation signed on as sponsor for the entire season.[12] The pairing yielded four top-fifteen efforts, up from one the previous year, although Keselowski departed the team in late spring. On October 8, 2018, Chavous announced his departure from Premium and NASCAR, effective following the October 14 race at Talladega Superspeedway. He cited the need for more family time and business ventures as the reasons to step away.[13]He successfully ended his career with a 5th place outing at Talladega.

Personal life[edit]

Chavous is married and has a son, who races go-karts. He owns the business Steel Barn Truss, a barn truss manufacturing company.[13]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

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

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 NCWTC Pts
2014 Mike Harmon Racing 74 Chevy DAY MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR
27
TEX PHO
27
53rd 47
MAKE Motorsports 50 Chevy HOM
31
2015 Premium Motorsports 94 Chevy DAY ATL
24
MAR
DNQ
KAN
16
CLT
25
DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD
26
POC
25
MCH
23
BRI
26
MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 31st 143
2017 Premium Motorsports 49 Chevy DAY
19
ATL
20
MAR
23
KAN
31
CLT
28
DOV
19
TEX
20
GTW
18
IOW
17
KEN
19
ELD
16
POC
20
MCH
17
BRI
23
MSP CHI
18
NHA
18
LVS
14
TAL
24
MAR
21
TEX
21
PHO 16th 348
15 HOM
23
2018 49 DAY
12
ATL
23
LVS
14
MAR
18
DOV
17
KAN
27
CLT
22
TEX
12
IOW
21
GTW
15
CHI
22
KEN
24
ELD
23
POC
21
MCH
16
BRI
23
LVS
28
TAL
5
MAR TEX PHO HOM -* -*
15 MSP
24

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Pts
2014 Mike Holleran 38 Chevy PHO IRW S99 IOW KCR SON SLS CNS IOW EVG KCR MMP AAS PHO
21
78th 23

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series driver points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Driver Wendell Chavous Career Statistics - Racing-Reference.info". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  2. ^ Dirtondirt.com. "Dirt on Dirt :: All Late Models. All the Time. -". www.dirtondirt.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  3. ^ "Driver Wendell Chavous 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  4. ^ "Wendell Chavous To Run Eldora, Remainder of 2015 Season". frontstretch.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  5. ^ "Driver Wendell Chavous 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  6. ^ Sports, Fox. "Wendell Chavous - NASCAR Driver". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  7. ^ "Jayski's Camping World Truck Series Silly Season Site". www.jayski.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  8. ^ "Driver Wendell Chavous 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  9. ^ "Wendell Chavous Acquires Full-Time Sponsorship". Motorsports Tribune. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  10. ^ "Sobriety Nation to serve as primary for Chavous". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  11. ^ "Wendell Chavous Returns to Truck Series Full-Time – POPULAR SPEED". www.popularspeed.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  12. ^ "Sobriety Nation to Sponsor Premium Motorsports' Wendell Chavous for 2018 Nascar Camping World Truck Season". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  13. ^ a b "Chavous to step away from racing after Talladega". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 8 October 2018.

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