Ross Chastain gets Truck Series ride
February 11, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Chastain moves to Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises, team plans to run 10 to 15 races
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Ross Chastain has found a ride for the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises.
Chastain will drive the No. 92 Ford for RBR Enterprises in 10 to 15 races, but could run in more races if additional sponsorship can be secured, according to the team release. Chastain will make his season debut in next week’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 21, FOX Sports 1)
"After a successful 2013 season, I knew I needed to make the right move," Chastain said in the release. "Aligning myself with Ricky Benton and continuing my relationship with the Ford Racing family felt like a move in the right direction for me. Everything came together a little later than we expected but Ricky is putting all the right parts and people in place to have a strong year."
Chastain also tweeted his appreciation for the ride.
Thankful that Mr. Ricky is giving me this opportunity. Not going to be easy but will be even better when we accomplish what I know we can— Ross Chastain (@RossChastain) February 11, 2014
In 14 races for Brad Keselowski Racing in 2013, Chastain posted four top-five finishes, seven top-10 finishes and two poles. His best results were runner-up finishes at Iowa Speedway in September and Phoenix International Raceway in November.
The No. 92 truck will carry primary sponsorship from BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors and the National Watermelon Association. Associate sponsors will be Goodyear FleetHQ and Wynn’s.
Trip Bruce will serve as the team’s crew chief. Bruce has 13 victories as a crew chief in NASCAR national series events, including 10 in the Truck Series. He was the championship winning crew chief for Johnny Benson Jr.’s title in 2008.
Chastain and Bruce have a brief history as Chastain ran three Truck Series races with Bruce as the crew chief in 2011.
RBR Enterprises also announced a move to run Ford F-150’s powered by Roush-Yates Engines. RBR Enterprises had previously fielded Chevrolets in the Truck Series over the past four seasons.