Ross Chastain Martinsville Post-Race Report

Ross Chastain (@RossChastain), driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Carbon Forged Ford F-150, made his 12th start for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) Saturday afternoon and fourth start at Martinsville Speedway after qualifying eighth on Friday.

On the second caution of the afternoon during lap 68, crew chief, Chad Kendrick, brought Chastain in for a round up on the track bar, fuel and four tires. Chastain entered pit road in the sixth position and after a very quick pit stop, Chastain was able to restart in the fourth position on lap 76.

On lap 106, Chastain made a power move to propel his Ford F-150 by Sprint Cup Series regular, Denny Hamlin, to grab the second spot. By lap 122, Chastain had taken over the lead of the Kroger 200, and went on to lead 14 consecutive laps.

On lap 143, Chastain came in under caution for his second pit stop of the afternoon, to get fresh tires and fuel. He restarted in the 19th position and was able to make his way up to the top 10 by lap 182.

Chastain had a solid run all day long, but was shuffled towards the rear during the last restart with six to go due to a slow line. He came home with a hard fought 14th place finish.

The No. 19 BKR team currently sits third in the NCWTS owner points standings, 46 points back from first.

“It was a tough day for us; we just couldn’t stay out front once we got there due to all the cautions falling. I appreciate the opportunity that Brad gives me week in and week out driving his Truck. I look forward to Phoenix and Miami to wrap up a great year for our Cequent Performance team.” – Ross Chastain