Chastain announced he would drive the NASCAR Truck Series race; Then, announced that he couldn’t
This weekend, NASCAR rolls back into action. The road course of Watkins Glen International is set to host the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Truck Series and ARCA Series.
Ross Chastain thought he would be driving in the NASCAR Truck Series event. However, Chastain is a full-time driver in the NASCAR Cup Series with 2 top-5s and 6 top-10s this season alone.
The NASCAR Truck Series event at Watkins Glen International is the regular-season finale for the series. They’ll be setting the playoff grid via The Glen.
NASCAR Cup Series drivers are not allowed to complete in the last 8 races of the NASCAR Truck Series season.
Ross Chastain announces plans to race truck at Watkins Glen
“I don’t know how I missed this but my dad just reminded me that this time next week, we’ll be finishing up the truck race at Watkins Glen,” Ross Chastain announced via social media.
“That’s right. One more ride with Al Niece and everybody at Niece Motorsports to drive the No. 45 truck. Of course, it’s going to be the watermelon truck.”
“New York governors public safety committee and our protect your melon campaign. It finally gets to come back to Watkins Glen.”
Chastain added, “I hate that we didn’t get to race up there last year. But, we’re back! It will be fun.”
NASCAR rule book
e: “A driver that has elected to accumulate Points in a the NASCAR Cup Series is not eligible to enter the last eight Events of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race season.”
f: “A driver that has elected to accumulate Points in the NASCAR Cup Series or the NASCAR Xfinity Series may not participate in the Triple Truck Challenge Events or the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship Event.”
g: “A driver that elected to accumulate Points in the NASCAR Cup Series and has more than three full-time seasons of expierence in the NASCAR Cup Series is eligible to complete in a maximum of five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events.”
h: “A driver will be considered to have one full season of experience each year such driver attempts to compete in every NASCAR Cup Series championship event, unless otherwise authorized by NASCAR.”
i: “Acceptance of any entry is at the sole discretion of NASCAR.”
Ross Chastain not allowed NASCAR Truck entry at Watkins Glen
Chastain was given the news. He responded with a very brief social media video, featuring few words.
Chastain stated while smiling, “I thought I was allowed.”
Chip Ganassi Racing was recently sold to Trackhouse Racing. At the end of the year, Chastain could be a free agent at the NASCAR Cup Series level as Trackhouse has yet to announce their driver lineup for the upgraded operation.