Ross Chastain on Friday announced that he will return for a fourth straight year with J.D. Motorsports with Gary Keller in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2018.
Chastain drives JDM’s No. 4 Chevrolet.
“Three years ago, I got a call from Johnny (owner Johnny Davis) and we started building this empire together,” Chastain said in a press conference Friday at Dover International Speedway. “We’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got a lot more to accomplish together, and that’s why I’m so happy to be back in the No. 4 car.”
Saturday’s race at Dover will be Chastain’s 94th in the Xfinity Series with JD Motorsports. He has one top-5 (fourth place this season at Iowa) and seven top-10 finishes in his career with the team.
Chastain finished 15th in the Xfinity Series with JDM in 2015, was 16th last season and is currently 15th this season.
He also made 52 career starts in the Camping World Truck Series, with five top fives, 14 top 10s and two poles.
“I started watching (Chastain) when he was driving in Truck races,” majority team owner Johnny Davis said. “He’s helped JD Motorsports with Gary Keller grow to another level, and with a number of good years together, we’ll continue to grow.”
Chastain, his father and brother own a watermelon farm in Alva, Florida. “We’re known for the watermelon car,” Chastain said.
BRANDT Professional Agriculture will return as a sponsor for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, the team announced Wednesday.
The company will be a primary sponsor of Justin Allgaier‘s No. 7 Chevrolet in 19 races and an associate sponsor of Allgaier and his three teammates the rest of the season.
Brandt has sponsored Allgaier for eight years, including the last three with JR Motorsports.
Allgaier is a native of Riverton, Illinois, which is 15 miles from Springfield, Illinois, where the company is headquartered.
Allgaier, 31, is coming off his second season that ended with him in the Championship 4. He earned two wins, 10 top five and 17 top-10 finishes. He also led a series-high 495 laps among Xfinity regulars.
NASCAR has changed how it determines the Rookie of the Year in all three national series, it announced Thursday.
The new system, which will debut in a month at Daytona International Speedway, reflects the points system that decides the champion in each series, including the stage format in races.
A race win will earn a rookie candidate 40 points and five playoff points. A second-place finish will is worth 35 points and a third-place finish is 34 points, etc.
A rookie candidate who wins a stage will earn 10 points and one playoff point.
“The focus on our rising stars has never been stronger and simplifying the Sunoco Rookie of the Year system made perfect sense,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing operations in a press release. “Our fans track closely the progress of our young drivers and matching the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points structure with the championship points will help them follow this prestigious program and award more closely than ever before.”
Watkins Glen International and Michigan International Speedway announced multi-year sponsorship deals for their Cup Series races Thursday.
WGI announced the Aug. 5 race at the road course will be sponsored by GoBowling.com. The 90-lap race will be called “Go Bowling at the Glen.”
This is not the first time the bowling brand has sponsored a Cup event. It sponsored the spring race at Kansas Speedway from 2016-17 and the August event at Pocono Raceway from 2013-14.
As part of the deal, Go Bowling will have two bowling lanes at the track for the race weekend.
Michigan has renewed its sponsorship deal with FireKeepers Casino Hotel for its June Cup race for “many years.”
The hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan, began its relationship with MIS by sponsoring pole day in 2014. It began sponsoring the June race in 2016.
TheFireKeepers Casino 400 is scheduled for June 10.
ISM Raceway (Phoenix) also announced the title sponsor for its March 11 Cup race.
The event will called the TicketGuardian 500.
TicketGuardian is a mobile ticketing insurance provider. When fans purchase tickets to events at ISM Raceway, they will be given the option to add TicketGuardian’s ticket protection coverage. This allows fans to have insurance on the tickets they’ve purchased in advance.