Ross Chastain


Biography


Once known as the busiest driver in NASCAR for regularly competing in all three national touring series in a weekend, Ross Chastain (28), a native of Alva, Fla. and a 12th-generation farmer and eighth-generation watermelon farmer, is set to compete for points in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) for the first time in 2021. 

The Melon Man, a nod to Chastain’s farming roots, began racing at Punta Gorda Speedway in Punta Gorda, Fla. at the age of 12, competing in both late model and Fastruck Series events. During his short-track racing career he scored over 50 wins in feature events, including the 2011 World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway, winning three of eight events in the series.

After a successful short-track career, Chastain made his NASCAR debut in 2011 in the Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at the age of 18, competing in just five events before turning the opportunity into a full-time NCWTS ride in 2012. In his rookie campaign, Chastain finished with one top-five and four top-ten finishes, catching the eye of fellow driver and team owner Brad Keselowski, who offered the young driver the opportunity to pilot the No. 19 truck during the 2013 season. Eager to showcase his talent, Chastain collected two pole awards and led 229 laps en route to four top-five finishes, including two runner-ups, and seven top-10 finishes. In total, Chastain has 91 starts and three wins in the NCWTS, where he finished the 2019 season runner-up in the final championship standings.

In 2014, Chastain made his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut, competing in seven races. Chastain ran full seasons in NXS from 2015-2020, except for 2019 when he ran 19 races. In 2018, Chastain had the chance to compete with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) in three NXS races. Making the most of his time with the team, Chastain compiled one pole award, one win, and a runner-up finish. Following the impressive showing, Chastain joined CGR as a development driver and remained in that role until being tapped to drive the team’s No. 42 entry starting in the 2021 NCS season. In total, Chastain has compiled 191 NXS starts, two wins, and 21 top-five and 47 top-10 finishes.

Although Chastain enters the 2021 NCS season as a rookie, he is no stranger to NASCAR’s top series. Since making his first NCS start in 2017, Chastain has 79 starts, including two starts in the prestigious Daytona 500. After running close to a full NCS season in 2018 and 2019, Chastain ran eight NCS races in 2020, filling in for the injured Ryan Newman for three of those races.

Most recently, Chastain competed full-time in the NXS, finishing the 2020 season with 15 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes and ranked in seventh place in the final points standings.

Off the track and farming field, Chastain enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors. 

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About Ross Chastain


Team: Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42
Birthday: December 04, 1992
Birthplace: Alva, FL
Residence: Cornelius, NC
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Primary Sponsor: Clover
Car: No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
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Website: rosschastain.com