Born: December 4th, 1992- (Age 24)
Hometown: Alva, Florida
Resides: Mooresville, NC
Growing up on a Watermelon Farm in Alva, Florida Ross Chastain knew from an early age he wanted to be a race car driver. The 24-year-old’s racing career began at the age of twelve, competing on local short tracks in both the late model and Fastruck Series events. His short-track career proved to be a success, scoring over fifty wins in feature events including the 2011 World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway, winning three of eight events in the series.
Chastain made his NASCAR national touring series debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011. Competing in only five events behind the wheel of the No. 66 Chevrolet for TurnOne Racing, Chastain prepared for a full season in the Truck Series in 2012. Driving for an under-funded, SS -Green Light Racing, Chastain finished seventh in just the second race of the season at Martinsville Speedway and capped off his rookie campaign with a career best third-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August of that same year.
In January 2013 it was announced that Chastain would drive in 14 Truck Series events for Brad Keselowski Racing behind the wheel of the No. 19. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Chastain produced two poles, led 229 laps en route to four top-five finishes, including two second-place finishes, and seven top-10’s, a breakout year for the Watermelon King.
In 2014, Chastain piloted the No. 92 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway in February and Martinsville Speedway in March, and made his NASCAR Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chastain raced in a total of seven Nationwide Series races in 2014, scoring a top 10 at Kentucky Speedway.
For the 2015 season, Chastain finished 15th in NASCAR Xfinity Series driver points. Despite his rookie status and the fact that he was racing at many of the Xfinity tracks for the first time, Chastain stayed in the top 16 in points all season, with a high point position of fifth. He scored four top 10s and 18 top 20s. His best Xfinity Series finish to date is ninth at Daytona.
Ross ran a full season in the Xfinity series with JD Motorsports in 2016 and will do the same in 2017.
Ross joined Bolen Motorsports for one Camping World Truck series event in 2016 at Talladega Speedway where he finished in 15th place. He will be competing in the No. 66 Bolen Motorsports entry throughout the year when his Xfinity schedule does not interfere. The team is coming off of two top 10 finishes this season with a 10th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and a 7th place finish at Martinsville with Chastain behind the wheel.