Ross Chastain will be back in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on a full-time basis albeit in two different rides for the 2019 season.
Chastain will spend the bulk of the season — 30 of the 33 races — behind the wheel of the No. 4 JD Motorsports Chevrolet, the team he spent the past four seasons with.
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“We here at JD Motorsports are looking forward to having Ross back in the No. 4 in 2019. He has shown his ability to wheel a race car time and time again while competing against some of the top teams in the sport. I am excited to see how far the improvements made in the off season will take the No. 4 car this year,” JD Motorsports team owner Johnny Davis said in a release.
Chastain will also make three starts in Kaulig Racing’s second car — the No. 10 Chevrolet. The three races Chastain will drive for Kaulig are the season-opener on Feb. 16 at Daytona, the Chicagoland race (June 29) and the playoff race at Texas (Nov. 2). Nutrien Ag Solutions will be on board as a sponsor for all three races. Justin Haley will drive Kaulig Racing’s No. 11 Chevrolet on a full-time basis in his rookie season.
“I’m thrilled for this opportunity with Kaulig Racing,” Chastain said in a Kaulig Racing team release. “We’ve had quite the roller coaster of emotions in the offseason, but I am really looking forward to competing for wins this season. It is also a great honor to have a new sponsor on board with Nutrien Ag Solutions. Partnering with Nutrien Ag Solutions is a natural fit for me with my family’s legacy as watermelon farmers, and I’m excited to represent their growers and employees.”
Last season, Chastain reached the playoffs for the first time in his career and also scored his first national series win — at Las Vegas in the Xfinity Series.
As part of the move back to JD Motorsports, Blake Koch has decided to focus primarily on overseeing his company, Filter Time, according to JD Motorsports’ release. Koch had been announced as the driver of the No. 4 in December.
Chastain, 26, was set to run a full season with Chip Ganassi Racing before the team announced in January that it would not field a Xfinity car.