Published: Sat, June 15, 2019 6:32 PM
NEWTON, Iowa — Ross Chastain seems like the busiest driver in NASCAR.
Chastain opened the season with 36 consecutive starts across the Cup, Xfinity and Truck series and has logged a staggering 7,501 laps since February, a streak that only came to an end when he sat out last week’s Cup event in Michigan.
It has been a taxing season for the 26-year-old Chastain, who has sponsorship duties to handle for all three of his rides between races. He is not about to say no to anyone as he tries to establish himself in the sport.
“Sunday night, I’m tired. There’s no way around it,” Chastain said. “You prepare. You hydrate. You work out. You eat right. You’re a race car driver, so you get through it.”
This month, Chastain switched from competing for Xfinity points to points in trucks.
Part of the reason he is reluctant to turn down any spots behind a wheel is because he spent years fighting to run in competitive rides.
Chastain broke through as an 18-year-old in The Trucks Series in 2011. He ran a full schedule there in 2012, but finished just 17th. Chastain moved over to the Xfinity series in 2015, and even though he finally took a checkered flag last year, in Las Vegas, Chastain has never finished better than 10th in that series.
Chastain is also in his second season in Cup, where he has one top-10 finish (the Daytona 500 in his native Florida). Chastain has outperformed his pole position in 10 of the 12 races he finished.
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