Ross Chastain
28-Year-Old Driver  
Chip Ganassi Racing
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The journeyman driver makes a return to NASCAR's top division in 2021. Chastain spent last season racing full-time in the Xfinity Series for Kaulig Racing, and doing a pretty good job in that division. He'll now return to the Cup Series and fill the seat of Chip Ganassi Racing's embattled No. 42 Chevrolet team. This team is frankly a hot mess at the moment. After Kyle Larson's abrupt release early in 2020, Matt Kenseth came out of retirement last year to finish the season behind the wheel. The team languished to just two Top-10 finishes in 32 starts under Kenseth's guidance. Now Chastain will be tabbed with the heavy lift to get this team back to competitive racing. He'll have the help of crew chief Phil Surgen, who has just 17 starts of Cup Series experience. The duo will face an uphill battle, but the good news is that they have good equipment and great resources at CGR. This season likely will be a "dig out" effort at best to get the ship righted. Read Past Outlooks
Third at Darlington
NASCAR Cup
September 5, 2021
Chastain finished third in the Cook Out Southern 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway Sunday night.
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The Chip Ganassi Racing veteran turned in one of his best performances of the season Sunday. Chastain started deep in the field and worked his way forward methodically. By the end of stage 1 he'd crack the Top 10. The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet would crack the Top 5 during stage 2 and remain there the rest of the way. He'd challenge for the lead in the closing laps but cross the finish line third in the Cook Out Southern 500. It was his third Top 5 of the season.
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The very popular journeyman driver has a cloudy Cup Series slate in 2020. Chastain raced the full schedule last season in a respectable effort with Premium Motorsports. However, it's what the 27-year-old driver accomplished in the Xfinity and Truck Series that would turn heads last year. Chastain grabbed his second-career Xfinity Series win racing part-time for Kaulig Racing, and he ran the full Truck Series schedule, grabbing three victories and challenging for the championship in that division of NASCAR. Chastain would ultimately wind up second in the overall truck standings of last season. It looks like 2020 will be a full-time Xfinity campaign as Kaulig has Chastain tabbed for their No. 10 entry. How much time that will leave for Cup racing is a mystery at this point. Chastain is very capable but it looks like his focus is shifting away from the Cup Series this season.
Chastain completed his first full season of Cup Series racing with the No. 15 Premium Motorsports team last year. The 26-year-old driver made 34 of the 36 events and raced to just two Top-20 finishes. Chastain accumulated six DNF's over the course of the season in what was an up-and-down campaign. Premium Motorsports has put Chastain back in the team's Chevrolet for the 2019 season and once again paired him with veteran crew chief, Pat Tryson. Sponsorship has been tough to sell for this ride, but they look they'll pull it off again this season and be fully funded. Chastain and the team really needs to improve on their 31.8 average starting spot from last year if they hope to improve.
Chastain will return for a fourth season of full-time Xfinity Series competition in 2018. He returns to the same JD Motorsports team that he competed with last year. Chastain had a pretty good season by all measures in 2017. He grabbed his first-career Top-5 finish, nabbed two Top-10 finishes and wound up career-best 13th in the final driver standings. The 25-year-old Floridian will look to improve on those marks in the upcoming season. With all parts and pieces of the No. 4 team returning, it's entirely possible. Chastain limited his DNF's to just two last year, and that was very instrumental in his improved consistency and good season.
Has signed with JD Motorsports to return to the team's No. 4 Chevrolet again in 2017.
Chastain did so surprisingly well in his first full season of Xfinity Series racing last year that JD Motorsports has invited him back to pilot the No. 4 Chevrolet once again. The 22-year-old Floridian racked up four Top-10 finishes and finished 15th in the driver standings last season. Chastain had some issues with posting five DNF’s during the campaign, but generally he finished most races on the lead lap. Super speedway and short track events seemed to be the team’s strength and should be once again in 2016. Gary Cogswell returns as crew chief to guide this young driver once again, so we expect to see some growth and improvement this season.
Team owner Brad Keselowski is starting up a new, second truck series team this year and he’s chosen Chastain to be the majority driver. Chastain will get 15 of the 22 events while owner Keselowski, Dave Blaney and Joey Logano will complete the schedule. The team’s performance will largely be tied to Chastain since he will be racing two thirds of the schedule. The youngster earned four Top 10’s racing the full schedule in 2012 with a much smaller race team. The No. 19 team should be poised for a good campaign despite the multiple driver lineup.
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Moving to Trackhouse Racing in 2022
NASCAR Cup
August 3, 2021
Bob Pockrass of FOX Sports reports that Chastain has been announced as the second team driver for Trackhouse Racing in 2022.
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Moves to rear Sunday
NASCAR Cup
June 26, 2021
Chastain will use a backup car and start from the rear of the field for Sunday's Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 at Pocono Raceway, Kelly Crandall of RACER.com reports.
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Runner-up Finish at Nashville
NASCAR Cup
June 21, 2021
Chastain finished second in the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway Sunday afternoon.
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Wins Open Stage 1
NASCAR Cup
June 13, 2021
Chastain won the NASCAR Open stage 1 at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday night.
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Moved to rear
NASCAR Cup
June 13, 2021
Chastain will start from the rear during Sunday's All-Star Race at Texas due to an aero duct opening violation, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
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