Ross Chastain to make Nationwide Series debut at Charlotte


Ross Chastain will be making the next leap in his career this Saturday when he straps into the No. 55 Watermelon.org Chevrolet for the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This will mark the first start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the Alva, Florida driver. At the young age of 21, Chastain has already established himself as the racer to watch in the NASCAR Camping World Tr14NW55WM REV A3uck Series where he has accumulated 5 top 5s, 12 top 10s, and 2 pole awards. Now Chastain looks to take on the next challenge with the help of Viva Motorsports.

“I want to thank Jamie Dick and everyone at Viva Motorsports for giving me this opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with Bill (Henderson) and the crew as I’ll be leaning on them a lot,” said Ross Chastain. “It’s been a dream of mine as an 8th generation farmer to be able to drive an all Ag-based car. Watermelon.org and Helena Chemical Company made it possible.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Ross in the car this weekend,” says Jamie Dick, owner of Viva Motorsports. “Ross and I have become good friends and we have been trying to work together for some time. Thanks to Watermelon.org and Helena Chemical Company, we finally have the opportunity to put Ross in one of our Chevy Camaros. I have no doubt that he will highlight the strengths of our team and make us proud with a solid finish.”

Race Info: The History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be held Saturday, May 24th with live coverage on ABC starting at 2:30pm ET with radio coverage on PRN/Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 at 2:30pm ET.

Chassis Selection: Crew Chief Bill Henderson will be unloading chassis VM-008 for this weekend’s race. This car has been raced just once before, at the last Nationwide Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. VM-005 will serve as backup.

About Watermelon.org: The National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) operates with a single objective: to increase consumer demand for watermelon through promotion, research, and educational programs. The Orlando-based non-profit organization was formed in 1989 by watermelon growers and shippers. Since then, the NWPB has developed marketing programs to boost watermelon sales in supermarkets throughout the U.S. and Canada. NWPB is also working to develop sales opportunities for watermelon in Japan, Mexico and the U.K. Visit Watermelon.org for more information.

About Helena Chemical Company: Founded in 1957, Helena Chemical Company has grown to be one of the nation’s foremost distributors of crop protection and crop production inputs and services for agricultural, turf & ornamental, forestry, aquatics and vegetation management markets. Headquartered in Collierville, TN, just outside of Memphis, Helena has approximately 3,000 employees, including 600+ sales representatives, who work out of more than 350 sales locations in strategic markets across the country.

Connect with Ross Chastain and Viva Motorsports

Facebook.com/Ross-Chastain-Racing, and Facebook.com/VivaMotorsports.

On Twitter: @Ross Chastain, and @VivaRacing55