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2014 Martinsville: Ross Chastain NASCAR Truck Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Mar 24, 2014 - 06:22 PM
2014 Martinsville: Ross Chastain NASCAR Truck Race Recap

Race Information:
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Race: 2 of 22
Track: Martinsville Speedway
Track Details: .526-mile Paperclip
Distance: 250 Laps/131.5 Miles


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Team Information:
Current Driver Point Standings: 25th
Current Owner Point Standings: 30th
Crew Chief: Trip Bruce
Manufacturer: Ford F-150
Engines: Roush-Yates

Website: RossChastain.com
Ross Chastain on Twitter: @RossChastain
Team/Partner Twitter Accounts: @92Truck, @All4Watermelon, @BlacksTire

Cerro Gordo, NC (March 24, 2014) - Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 92 Ricky Benton Racing Ford F-150, enters the second race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway looking for redemption at the .526-mile"paper clip." While the Alva, Fla. native has no regrets after his last appearance at the Ridgeway, Va. track, he considers the event the one that got away.

Starting eighth in the 2013 Kroger 200, Chastain made his way around eventual race winner, Darrell Wallace, Jr just past the halfway mark in the 200-lap event and went on to lead 14 laps with his sights set on his first series win. Unfortunately, a pit call to stay out under caution, when a majority of the cars on the lead lap pit for fresh tires, left Chastain's No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford as a sitting duck on the ensuing restart. While the 17th-place finish wasn't what the young driver was looking to accomplish in his fourth start at the legendary oval, he knows now what it takes to win and plans to do things a little differently this "time" around.

A penny for your thoughts - Ross Chastain:
Is Martinsville Speedway a track you love or love to hate?
"I really enjoy racing at Martinsville. As is with most drivers, it's what I grew up on. To me, it exploits every aspect of a race. You have to be better than everyone all the way around the track if you want to beat them. Most places you can give up some in certain areas and still be ok. But in my opinion, that's not valid at Martinsville."

Do you feel like last year's race at Martinsville Speedway is the one that got away?
"Monday morning quarterback says it's one of a few that got away. However, I don't regret any decisions we made last year. We were a young team; we did a lot right without knowing how or why, but nobody sees that part of it. All that's publicized are the mistakes. The important part is I had a really strong Ford F-150 last year and we were in position to have a really strong finish. I will be looking for that same feeling this year in my No. 92 Ford and hopefully we can reclaim what we left behind last year."

You've had four weeks off since Daytona. What have you been up to?
"Watermelon Conventions. Each state that grows a considerable amount of watermelons has an association and each one has an annual convention. It's a place for people in the industry to gather and work on their business together. This is also when the Watermelon Queens are crowned (NO, I do not have a vote!) I work with each association to promote the fruit that gave me my nickname: Melon. I also went down to Florida for a little while to help out around the farm. I showed a cow in the fair when I was younger and I kept her. I'm slowly growing my herd and have been having some issues with a few that want to swim the pond to get out of their pastures, but it's all worth it in the end."

Fast & Fun Facts:
• Do you enjoy the legendary Martinsville Hotdog...? "I usually have one as soon as I get to the track and then two after the race. It's strictly a novelty experience. That's all I can handle, I still want to meet the marketing guru that has everybody convinced they are so good."
• According to NASCAR's loop data, Chastain had a Driver Rating of 100.7 following the Kroger 200, his last appearance at Martinsville Speedway (October, 2013)
• According to NASCAR's loop data, Chastain has spent 563 laps in the top-15
Martinsville Minute:
• Four starts
• 1st start: March, 2012
• Best start: 8th (October, 2012)/Best Finish: 7th (March, 2012)
• One top-10 finish (March, 2012)
• 14 laps led (October, 2012)
• 896 of 900 laps completed (99.6%)
• Average Start: 20.2/Average Finish: 16.0

Chassis History:
RBR Enterprises will unload T-5 for the 31st annual Kroger 250 on Saturday. This is the same chassis Scott Riggs piloted to a ninth-place finish in the 2013 Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.

Watermelon News & Sweet Facts:
• On March 7 Chastain attended the 25th Annual Illiana (Illinois-Indiana) Watermelon Association Convention in French Lick, Indiana. These conventions bring local growers, shippers and distributors together once a year for seminars, information and ideas. In addition to crowning a new queen, Emily Brown, Chastain participated in an auction to benefit Riley's Hospital for Children and a go-kart race against convention participants.
• Did you know...? Watermelon's official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
• This week marks the kickoff of the South Florida Watermelon season.

Rearview Mirror - Daytona:
In his debut race with Ricky Benton Racing's No. 92 team, Chastain had his sights set on a solid run in his third start at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Starting eighth in the 15th annual NextEra Energy Resources 250, Chastain was on a move in the right direction with an average running position of eighth throughout the first half of the 100-lap event. With less than 30 laps remaining, Chastain, who was utilizing the draft and working the top line, running third, gave the truck in front of him a slight push but backed off to stay close to him in the corner. Unfortunately, the series of events created the "Big One" and the No. 92 team's night ended prematurely with a 30th place finish.

Ross Chastain Truck Series Fast Facts:
• 42 Starts since 2011
• Five top-five finishes
• 12 top-10 finishes
• Two poles
• 231 laps led
• Average Start: 17.7/Average Finish: 17.4
• 5391 laps complet

We're Guessing He Signs His Name Fast Too:
Chastain will join other NCWTS drivers for an autograph session on Friday, March 28 from 5-6 PM in front of the main ticket office, outside of Turn 4 at Martinsville Speedway.

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