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Chastain to make debut in Truck race at Lucas Oil

July 20, 2011, Team Release, NASCAR.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- Turn One Racing on Wednesday announced that 18 year-old South Florida late-model standout Ross Chastain has been selected to drive the No. 66 Chevrolet in next Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

The truck will carry sponsorship from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The organization, which is based in Orlando, Fla., represents 1,500 watermelon growers, shippers and importers.

"I want to thank the National Watermelon Promotion Board for making this possible," Chastain said. "They've been on board with us for a couple of years now in the Fastruck Series and late models. I'm glad to finally get the chance to live the dream and run with the big boys. I'm going to be running against the best of the best at Indy and I'm just glad that they stuck behind us and are looking to take the next step like we are. I've been dreaming about this for a long time and I'm glad that it's finally coming together."

Turn One owner Stacy Compton is happy to help in the development of another young NASCAR star.

"I'm really excited to bring Ross on board," Compton said. "We're bringing some more young talent to Turn One Racing and are looking forward to working with Ross at Lucas Oil Raceway. It's obvious that he's got a future in NASCAR and we're excited to be a part of it."

National Watermelon Promotion Board previously sponsored the No. 01 Chevrolet in a Nationwide Series race at the Indianapolis short track in 2009.

"The watermelon industry is very much a tight-knit family, and we are proud to support Ross Chastain's race to the finish," says Mark Arney, executive director of the National Watermelon Promotion Board. "Go number 66!"

In addition to sponsorship from the NWPB, Chastain's Chevrolet also will carry the colors of Melon 1 and JDI Farms.