DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Any race at the Daytona International Speedway has the potential to shake up the finishing order. Due to crazy crashes that can spark at any given moment, if some of the underfunded teams manage to escape the carnage, they can have some very good finishes.
Well, the feel good story of the day goes to Ross Chastain then.
His offseason was a roller coaster. He went into 2019 thinking he had a top ride in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. See, Chastain signed a deal with Chip Ganassi Racing to compete for the championship in the series. He took a chance on himself and it paid off. This would be the deal that could eventually land him with a top team in NASCAR’s premiere series.
Instead, amid an FBI investigation of the teams’ sponsor DC Solar in the winter, his team shut down. That left Chastain without a top ride as his only job now was with Premium Motorsports.
Nothing against Premium Motorsports either, they just aren’t a top team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. A good day for them would be a top 25. Chastain’s best finish was 18th with them last year at Texas.
Well, after 37 of the 40 cars had at least some sort of crash damage in Sunday’s 61st annual Daytona 500, Chastain’s No. 15 Chevrolet wasn’t one of them. In his first start in the Great American Race, Chastain charged from his 36th starting spot for a 10th place run.
It felt like a win for him and his team. It shows his ability and that he belongs to have a top ride in the series.
For now, they’ll celebrate this.