HOMESTEAD, Fla – Ross Chastain has had an unbelievably draining NASCAR season in 2019. It’s a year that will come to a close this weekend with what he hopes is a title winning one.
Chastain, is entered in two of the three races at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, starting with Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and ending with Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
In terms of his opening race of the weekend, Chastain has high hopes of clinching a championship. Chastain, is among the Championship 4 drivers with whomever crosses the finish line first will be champion.
But, this weekend also will mark his 76th and 77th races completed this season across all three levels of NASCAR. That equals the number of races Kyle Busch ran in those series in 2006. Busch topped that total three times, including 2009 when he ran 86 races across those series.
Chastain, will have raced in all 23 Truck races, 35 of the 36 Cup races and 19 of the 33 XFINITY races.
“Yes, I’m tired,” said Chastain during Media Day on Thursday.
Chastain though, offered an interesting perspective on racing so much during a weekend.
“The best part about it is that if I had a bad race, I had another one in a couple days, I would forget about it. … Now the bad part was when we had a good race, I didn’t have any time to celebrate.
“I don’t know what the future will hold on that. I don’t know if we’ll hit this many races for years to come. There’s a reason nobody does it.”
The Florida native said that he’ll race anything in any series on any given day of the week.
“I’m a big yes man,” said Chastain, who ran 74 races across all three series last season. “If any NASCAR team owner calls me, stops me at the track and says, ‘I want you to drive for me.’ I’m like, Of course. I’ve begged all these guys for years. Now that they say yes, I’m like, Of course, yes.”