Ross Chastain kicked off the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series with his highest finish in a points-awarding race to date.
Chastain placed his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet seventh in the Daytona 500, earning his second career Top-10 finish in NASCAR’s elite series.
Chastain’s prior highest finish was a 10th-place run in the Daytona 500 two years ago.
“A great way to kick off the year with this No. 42 car,” Chastain said. “This Clover Chevy was fast. We tore it up at the end- hit the wall a ton coming to the checkered, but still finished seventh.”
Leaving Daytona, Chastain is ranked ninth in driver’s points, 13 points above the playoff cutline.
“This was a great way to start the year,” Chastain said. “We got a few stage points. Thank you to everyone at Clover, McDonald’s, AdventHealth, Caregility – it was a good way to start. We worked well with our Chevy teammates.
“I still have some learning to do. I’m glad to get out of here and come back next week for the Road Course.”
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