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Stock Car Scoop: Is Ross Chastain at a Turning Point?

It took a while for his car to come to life, but Ross Chastain claimed victory from pole at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday (June 25).

It was both the driver and team’s first triumph of 2023, leading Adam Cheek and Dalton Hopkins to break down whether this is a turning point for Chastain in the NASCAR Cup Series. They also discuss Ryan Blaney‘s violent hit and more from the weekend’s Ally 400 in the Music City.

See also
Ross Chastain Wins Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway

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About the author

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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Dawg

If the Trackhouse engineers set up the 1 car the way it looks like they might have. They’re all due a nice bonus.

During the first part of the race, the car was just OK, but nothing special.
It failed to hold the lead afforded by it’s pole winning speed. It was beaten off pit road on both the first two stops, despite the #1 stall. And fell as far back as 5th in the early running.

Their real forte came as the track cooled in the transition from hot daytime temps, to running under the lights. It was like someone flipped a switch, & the car woke up. From then on, it was an entirely different story, & they pretty well dominated, It that was by design, good on them. If it was serendipitous, then they better study it, because something was a game changer. Always nice to win your home track.

Honorable mention goes to the 10, 43, & 6

Deacon Blues

Great Scoop discussion! Safety barriers definitely should be placed anywhere cars could end up; since trajectories are unknown, they should be everywhere track-wise.

DoninAjax

Wasn’t it Gordon who hit the only place on a track that wasn’t protected?

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