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Handy: Did You Notice the Season Ross Chastain is Having?

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JD Motorsports with Gary Keller driver Ross Chastain has been having quiet the 2018 season, but have you noticed?

If your answer is no, then you really should be paying more attention to this NXS regular.

The 25-year old Alva, Florida native is in his fourth season in the NXS with JD Motorsports and proving he can do a lot with what is considered an under funded team.

The NXS raced the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons at Pocono Raceway where Chastain and his No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet finished in the 11th position.

Chastain finished ahead of the likes of Matt Tift and Ryan Reed to name a couple. Those are some big names who drive for teams with a much larger budget than Chastain’s.

In 12 starts this season, Chastain has 3 top-10 finishes, and has an average finish of 17.8.

However, don’t put too much thought into that average finish.

Chastain started off the season with a top-10 at Daytona International Speedway (9th), and over his next four races he finished no worse than 19th.

A rear gear problem at ISM Raceway left him with a 28th place result but the following week he came back strong to finish 9th at Bristol Motor Speedway.

My point here isn’t to write about every statistic he’s had this season but to show that he’s been consistent and does well with the equipment he’s given each week.

This isn’t the first time Chastain has shown what he’s capable of. 2017 was a very successful season for the driver as he scored a top-five at Iowa, and two top-10 finishes.

The NXS is headed to Michigan International Speedway next weekend for Saturday’s LTi Printing 250 and Chastain will look to keep the positive momentum going.

In four NXS starts at the 2-mile track, Chastain has an average finish of 17.00.
Since joining JD Motorsports three of his four starts have come with the team and he has finishes of 19th (June 2017), 16th (June 2016) and 21st (June 2015) at MIS.

Chastain currently sits 13th in the points standings, -229 behind Elliott Sadler who currently leads the points.

If Chastain can continue to have the season he’s having I truly believe he will more than likely be in the NXS playoffs later this season.

Last season Chastain earned two top-10 finishes but already has three in 2018, the sky is certainly the limit for the No. 4 team.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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