Ross Chastain is ‘comfortable making his rivals uncomfortable’ on the track

Ross Chastain has been rattling the cages of his opponents since the Trackhouse move.


Ross Chastain is ‘comfortable making his rivals uncomfortable’ on the track

Ross Chastain (Credits: @NASCAR/Twitter)

The 2022 NASCAR Cup championship runner-up, Ross Chastain, has established himself as a force to be reckoned with since joining Trackhouse in 2022. His impressive driving prowess and aggressive style have helped him to be one of the best. While hard racing is acceptable in NASCAR, Chastain is one of the drivers that, according to some, go beyond the acceptable boundary.

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Last weekend’s Cup race at Kansas witnessed a fight between him and LEGACY MC rookie Noah Gragson. He landed a clean right hook on the No:42 Chevy driver. The security quickly separated the two and de-escalated the situation.  With the growing reputation of Chastain, who is becoming the new heel of the sport, Kyle Larson pointed out that the Trackhouse man has the potential to become the most popular driver on the grid.

Ahead of the Darlington Cup race, the ‘watermelon man’ was asked his thoughts on one day becoming more popular than the undisputed Chase Elliott.  Replying to the question, Chastain revealed that he has different nature on and off track. His on-track persona doesn’t hesitate about anything. But in front of the camera, he is learning the trade.

There are two things, right? There’s on track and off. And on the track, I am. I’m comfortable making these guys uncomfortable, and that’s not always going to come across well, but I’m OK. Get out of the car, and I’m learning to become comfortable in this role,” Ross Chastain said.

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Ross Chastain’s upbringing in the farmlands of Florida is the reason behind his attitude toward fame  

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Ross Chastain (@Trackhouse)

While talking about his person in front of the Camara, Chastain pointed out that while growing up in his small town of Farmers, he never wanted the spotlight. He wanted to get into the family business and grow watermelons like his father. He said that, unlike the Florida islands, are less population density, and so he had to learn the game of social communication more after coming to NASCAR.

I’m not the guy that grew up wanting to be on camera. I wanted to be like my dad – I wanted to farm watermelons. I wanted to be like all the other guys in our town that we knew, and I grew up around. I wanted to drive my three-quarter-ton diesel truck to the farm, work, grow a crop, and go home. Out there in the field, you can go all day and never see anybody if you want to,” Chastain said.

Everybody thinks about Florida and beaches, but you come inland where we’re at, and there’s nobody out there. It’s something I’m growing into off the track. Sometimes I’ll get on camera, and I see it when I watch it back – I’ll kind of bring my draw in and protect, in my mind,” Chastain added.

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