Ross Chastain is as nervous as anyone in this weekend’s NACAR XFINITY Series field at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. While most of the nerves can be about his playoff chances, they’re instead geared towards something else.
Chastain, sits 11th out of 12th drivers in the playoff standings. The way things are, no one can catch him in terms of points that aren’t already into the top 12 right now. But, if he gets passed by Austin Cindric in the standings and someone outside of the top 12 somehow wins Saturday’s race on the 1.5-mile track, then he’s on the outside looking in.
If that were to happen, then it would be a disaster for Chastain in his rare opportunity with a top team. That’s why his nerves are a wreck right now.
Chastain, admitted that he drove tight in Darlington and has been doing so again this weekend in Vegas. See, Chip Ganassi Racing signed him for a three race deal that started in Darlington and would end next week in Richmond. This, is an opportunity that could make or break his NASCAR future.
See, in rides like this, if you don’t perform, you don’t get another shot. If you can’t win in the XFINITY Series in a Ganassi, Gibbs or Penske car, what could you win in? So, with a rare shot, you have to be on your game.
Chastain, admitted that he was so fearful he’d mess it up in Darlington that he drove tight. He did so but still won the pole and led the most laps in the race. Yes, he crashed with Kevin Harvick while battling for the lead but his team had his back.
On his first couple of runs in practice on Friday, he was tight again. He didn’t want to mess this up. It took him some time to get up to speed and he apologized to his team for that. The team had his back again, saying all he needs to do is do his job.
His job is what he did.
He was fifth fastest in his No. 42 Chevrolet in the first practice session and third in final practice. He’s doing so with the car that won on this same track back in the spring and has two wins on 1.5-mile tracks in 2018.