Chastain, Sieg have chance at NASCAR history


By Dominic Aragon
June 3, 2017


Two drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field at Dover International Speedway have the chance to make NASCAR history Sunday.

If either Ryan Sieg or Ross Chastain wins in the AAA “400” Drive For Autism, they will become the seventh driver in the history of NASCAR’s premiere series to win in their first start.

Starting 36th, Chastain will be making his Cup Series debut with Premium Motorsports in the No. 15 Chevrolet.

“We understand… the expectations with the 15 car,” Chastain said to The Racing Experts, adding he and his team “want to have a productive weekend.”

Sieg will be starting 34th in the No. 83 Toyota for BK Racing.

According to research across two racing databases, six drivers have won in their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut.

The feat was accomplished five times across NASCAR’s first three seasons; twice in 1949 and 1950, and once in 1951.

The last driver to record a victory in their debut was Johnny Rutherford in February of 1963, winning in a Daytona 500 qualifier race.

Two other drivers have made their MENCS debuts in 2017. Daniel Suraez finished 29th in the Daytona 500 and Cody Ware finished 39th at Atlanta.

NASCAR Media Group

Which driver will finish highest Sunday?
No. 15 Ross Chastain
No. 83 Ryan Sieg
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