Ross Chastain – Long John Silver’s 200 Race Recap

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Chastain On Friday’s Race at Martinsville Speedway: “Mike Hillman Jr. and this whole Worldwide Express 41 group just didn’t stop. On the rain tires to start the race, we didn’t have the grip everyone else had after a few laps. I may have gone a little to hard on those tires but everyone was. After that, we were able to keep fresh tires on it and march through the field. All in all, I think everyone I raced around raced good, hard, and clean. We were slowly making our way forward and if we ran all 200 laps, I think we get a few more.”

Ross Chastain’s day didn’t go as smooth as him, nor his No. 41 Worldwide Express team would’ve liked. Chastain qualified 25th after finishing practice in 13th, but would make up lots of ground throughout the Long John Silver’s 200.

With inclement weather passing through the area, NASCAR started the race wit the wet-weather tires on all 36 trucks. With the new tire that has yet to be run in NASCAR competition, tire wear was different from the normal racing slicks. Because of that, Chastain would fall a lap down early but he would secure the free pass at the conclusion of Stage One running 27th.

Though Chastain started at the rear of the field after receiving the free pass, the Florida driver would make his way up inside the top-20. The non-eventful stage for the No. 41 team would put them in 16th going into the third and final segment. 

Unfortunately, an incident in the front of the field would bring out the caution flag on lap 116. The rain would follow shortly, resulting in NASCAR calling the race with 76 laps to go. Chastain would finish in 12th, moving the No. 41 Silverado into 16th in the owner’s championship.

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