Ross Chastain who drives the No.1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Trackhouse Racing as a full-time Cup Series driver and as a part-time in the Camping World Truck Series driving the No.41 Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports emerged victorious after an intense race this week’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
He also competes part-time in the Xfinity Series driving the No.92 Chevrolet Camaro for DGM Racing and after taking his truck to the Victory Lane at Charlotte, he ran out of words to say for his Niece Motorsports teammate Carson Hocevar leading 57 laps but went down after a crash with Ryan Preece in the first OT forcing another OT to decide the winner.
Chastain, Christian Eckes, and John Hunter Nemechek were running three-wide on the final lap and Grant Enfinger came out of nowhere boosting Chastain from behind dropping Eckes behind, with this boost from Enfinger, he managed to claim his 4th Truck Series victory leading just 4 laps of the whole race.
“I didn’t give him the push he needed to win,” says Ross Chastain as he regrets not encouraging his teammate to win
Ross Chastain felt really bad as he didn’t push his younger teammate for the win in the first OT and he feels devastated for Carson as he went down but has he been impressed by the 19-year-old Carson Hocevar’s performance.
“I hate it so much for Carson, I didn’t give him the push he needed to win on the first attempt at overtime … Man, I’m so proud of Carson Hocevar,” said Ross Chastain.
He further added that he’s positive Hocevar would go on to become a star in the sport soon given his quick adaptability, skill, and confidence.
“I’ll say that over and over. That guy’s a future star. He’s such a goofy kid, but I love him. He learns so quick,” concluded Ross Chastain.
How has the 2022 Cup Series panned out for Ross Chastain?
Ross Chastain has by far had one of his best seasons so far with two victories coming at the Echopark Automotive Texas Grand Prix at COTA and the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with the addition of five top 5s and a top 10 finish with a 22nd place finish at last week’s iconic Texas All-Star Race after crashing into Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott taking all three out of the race.
Ross Chastain will also be joined by Formula 1 legend Kimi Raikkonen at Watkins Glen this year under the NASCAR PROJECT91 scheme and he looks forward to having a great race at this week’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
With Ross Chastain standing 5th in the points table with 407 points and two victories, will he succeed at giving the big guys a run at the championship this season?