With 34 starts to his name already this 2019 season, NASCAR’s busiest driver, Ross Chastain, has changed his declared points status from the NASCAR Xfinity Series to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, effective immediately. He is the first driver in history to do so mid-season.
“After much consideration and many conversations, I’ve decided to pursue championship points in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series, effective immediately,” said Chastain” “My Niece Motorsports team has been very fast all year, and we have a tall order ahead of us to get both in the top 20 in points and win a race before the playoffs start. But that’s a mountain we’re willing to climb. This shift will allow me to be in the truck race this weekend in Texas, and I’m grateful to everyone at Niece Motorsports for giving me this opportunity.”
Chastain and his Niece Motorsports team must win again between now and the end of the regular season (Aug. 10) in order to be playoff eligible. The 26-year-old’s Kansas Speedway win did not lock him into the Truck Series Playoffs as he was at the time competing for NXS points.
This Friday, June 7, Chastain will compete at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 38 Chevrolet Silverado. He will not drive in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway race, which will be the first missed race of NASCAR’s top-tier events this season.
Chastain is the all-time leader in consecutive start, topping Cup Series driver Kyle Busch who made starts in all three of the national series back in the early 2000s.
“I’m thankful to everyone at Johnny Davis Motorsports and Kaulig Racing for their efforts this year,” said Chastain. “I will continue to run races for each organization where sponsorship for 2019 has been solidified. We have some wonderful partners at both organizations, and I’m fortunate they stand behind my decision, as well. I’m still going to go out and fight as hard as I can for wins.”
Chastain’s competition schedule will continue to be updated throughout the season.