He’s wrecked and infuriated Cup Series veterans, outdriven and outhustled former champions and, most recently, planted his own car into the wall to earn a spot in the Championship 4. Is there anything Ross Chastain won’t do to win the championship on Sunday at Phoenix Raceway? In short: Probably not. With his daring, video-game-style-move on the final lap of last Sunday’s elimination race at Martinsville, Chastain proved that he will quite literally take whatever action is necessary to get the outcome he wants – even if he tears up his own race car in the process. So why should anyone expect anything less from the 29-year-old Florida native in Sunday’s championship race at Phoenix where the stakes are even higher? Let’s put it this way: If Chastain ultimately falls short in his bid to bring a championship home to Trackhouse Racing, it won’t be for lack of effort or aggression. The eighth-generation watermelon farmer has proven over and over this year that he’ll stop at nothing to gain an upper hand – and that includes wrecking people who’ve been around the sport a lot longer than him and accomplished a lot more than him.
Perhaps Chastain will simply have the car to beat and won’t have to resort to such tactics in Sunday’s season finale. But rest assured that whether he’s fastest or slowest among the quartet of championship contenders, he’ll leave absolutely no stone unturned in his quest to leave the Arizona desert with his first championship trophy firmly in hand.