Ross Chastain, JD Motorsports agree on contract extension

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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.

Other drivers on the JDM team are Harrison Rhodes in the No. 01 and Garrett Smithley in the No. 0.