Ross Chastain to Drive for Niece Motorsports for the Truck Series Race at Watkins Glen

Published 08/02/2021, 5:51 PM EDT
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Ross Chastain, driver of the #45 CarShield Chevrolet, stands by his truck during qualifying for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)


After a couple of weeks of no racing, NASCAR is finally back in action this weekend at Watkins Glen International. According to the latest news, Ross Chastain is going to split driving duties between the Cup and the Truck Series. As it turns out, he is going to drive the Niece Motorsports Chevrolet truck.

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Making the announcement on Twitter, he said, “This time next week, we’ll be finishing up the Truck race in Watkins Glen. That’s right. One more ride this year with Al Niece and everybody at Niece Motorsport. Drive the #45 truck, and of course it is going to be the watermelon truck.”

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The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the ‘Protect Your Melon, Buckle Up New York’ campaign is back in Watkins Glen. He confessed that he was disappointed when NASCAR did not visit the track last year. However, the good news is that he and the team are back and in the #45 truck.

What to expect from Ross Chastain?

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So far, Ross Chastain has enjoyed a relatively great season with Chip Ganassi Racing. This is a far cry from his initial stints with Premium Motorsports, Spire Motorsports, and Roush Fenway Racing. Furthermore, he has been delivering better results in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Jun 13, 2021; Fort Worth, TX, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ross Chastain (42) drives during the NASCAR All-Star Open at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

To make matters even better, he has racked up six top 10 finishes in the 2021 Cup Series season. This also includes a career-best finish of second at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Furthermore, Chastain finds himself lying in 18th place in the championship and on the verge of a playoff seat.

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With four races to go and three spots left, Chastain has every chance to enter the playoffs. Furthermore, he will be thrilled to learn that it will be his career-best finish in the NASCAR Cup Series championship. Though in all honesty, it would be even better if he manages to sneak into the playoffs.

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