Chastain Enters Kansas as Points Leader

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Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 1 AdventHealth Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Kansas Speedway in Kansas for the AdventHealth 400.

Its part of a big weekend for AdventHealth in Kansas. 

In addition to being the primary livery on the No. 1 Chevrolet, they are the presenting sponsor of Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Heart of America 200, and Sunday’s Cup Series race, AdventHealth 400. 

This weekend, AdventHealth will honor former Penn State standout running back and now Trackhouse developmental pit crew member Journey Brown.

Brown seemed destined for greatness as he starred for the Nittany Lions at running back.

After redshirting his first year at Penn State in 2017, Brown played in eight games in 2018 and had 44 yards on eight carries with a touchdown.

As a redshirt sophomore in 2019, he started 10 of 13 games, rushing for 890 yards on 129 carries and 12 touchdowns. He was named the MVP of the 2019 Cotton Bowl after rushing for a school bowl game record 202 yards.

But those gridiron dreams ended during a routine COVID-19 test when doctors discovered a heart condition that permanently sidlelined him from football. On November 11, 2020, Penn State Head Coach James Franklin announced Brown could no longer play football due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

But his story as an athlete hasn’t ended. 

Brown, 24, recently joined Trackhouse and trains with the team in hopes of becoming an active rostered pit crew member. He practices regularly under the tutelage of the Trackhouse pit coaches with hopes of someday going over the wall in a Cup Series race. 

He’ll tell his story this weekend in Kansas as he serves as the honorary Grand Marshal for the Heart of America 200 Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday. 

He will watch Chastain pilot the No. 41 Worldwide Express Racing Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports in his sixth start in the truck at the mile-and-half track. He won the May 2019 truck race at Kansas after leading five laps.

Chastain and Brown will visit Shawanoe Elementary School on Friday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m. CT to talk to students about the importance of heart health and fitness. Both will also participate in a track walk at Kansas Speedway on Friday at 6 p.m. CT.

Sunday’s race marks AdventHealth’s fourth of six races in the 2023 season. The Altamonte Springs, Fla., company first partnered with Chastain in 2020 when he was a part-time driver in the Cup Series. 

Chastain is currently leading the Cup Series point standings after a second-place finish last weekend at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway. In his last two Cup Series starts at Kansas, he’s finished seventh. Just a few spots better on Sunday and he’ll have his first win of the season.

FS1 will broadcast Sunday’s race at 3 p.m. EDT.

Trackhouse Racing PR

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