“Whole Lot Bigger Plan” – NASCAR Cup Series Debutant Ross Chastain Talks About His Racing Legacy

Published 12/25/2020, 5:00 AM EST
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)


One of the notable names that has been in the NASCAR circuit for some time now is that of 28-year-old Ross Chastain. He certainly gave it his all in the Xfinity Series, over-performing with the Kaulig Racing machinery and finishing seventh in the final standings.

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Chastain now gets the opportunity to drive full-time in the top division of stock car racing, the NASCAR Cup Series, in 2021.

Ross Chastain believes there is a ‘bigger picture’ as well

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In a docu-series, he was asked what his racing legacy is and how he would like to be remembered by people after he was done racing.

Chastain stated, “Yeah, that’s such a tough question. I think on the surface, being selfish, is I want to be remembered as the best race car driver. I want to win races right now so that the record book shows. But I know that’s not what it’s all about, there’s a whole bigger picture. There’s a whole lot bigger plan to all this and I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface of what we’re gonna do in all this.” 

Chastain certainly impressed and has won races during his time in the Xfinity and the Truck Series. But he also maintains that there is a larger perspective that he needs to take into focus in his racing career.

He continued, “Why am I here, why have I been able to keep finding race teams that will let me drive their race cars. And you know people that want to support me, like I don’t know why, but they keep wanting to and I want to keep doing it for a long time. So I don’t think I’ve found what my legacy would be.”

Chastain joins Chip Ganassi Racing full time in 2021

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The ex-Kaulig driver certainly has experience driving in the Cup Series in two previous seasons. However, he now joins Chip Ganassi with renewed optimism and stronger machinery, in an effort to crack top half and Top 10 finishes.

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 21: Ross Chastain, driver of the #10 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet, stands on pit road during the national anthem prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Toyota 200 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Chastain, by all means, has the peak of his racing career ahead of him. And it will be of interest to see how he charts his legacy going forward, as he bids to win races and creates records and history.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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