LAS VEGAS, Nev – One of the biggest stories last week was Daniel Suarez, who nearly came away with his first NASCAR Cup Series win at Auto Club Speedway. This week, it was his Trackhouse Racing Team teammate, Ross Chastain’s turn to shine.
Again, it was not quite a win for the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet who ended the Pennzoil 400 in third, but it was a career day nonetheless. Chastain proved to be a contender throughout the entire event, leading a career and race-high 83 laps, and winning Stage 2.
“I say that, I would never, even if this failed and I never made it to Cup, if it failed right now and I had to go home and never race in NASCAR again, it would not be a failure,” Chastain said. “Days like today though, on the competition side make it so fun. It doesn’t matter if it is a wheel barrel or a go-kart somewhere, I want to compete. If I can compete here, where all the work I’ve done is here. This is the goal.”
Entering the day, Chastain was no stranger to success at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a place where he won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race back in 2018. A win that really kicked his career in the right direction and led him to where he is today.
Though, the 29-year-old said it was not his knowledge or ability that really helped him perform at the track, instead crediting a solid team effort.
“Me, and my guys and this whole Trackhouse crew, Phil Surgen (crew chief), we have worked, just like everybody with this Next-Gen car to just figure it out and it just clicked today,” Chastain said. “We got our heights right and with this thing, you have to be just so precise on the heights in the corner. Too low you are bad, too high you are bad, and we found that sweet spot and we really had that today. It is one of those things, I am learning, I do not think I am doing anything different than anybody else. The car was just really good.”
Exiting Sunday, Chastain moves up to 20th in points and will look to carry the momentum into Phoenix Raceway, a track where he finished 19th and 14th last year.