Chastain Joins Ricky Benton Racing
By: MRN Staff on February 11, 2014 | 3:58 P.M. EST
Chastain has joined Ricky Benton Racing to run a limited schedule in the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. (Photo: Getty Images)
Ross Chastain has joined Ricky Benton Racing to run a limited schedule in the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
After posting seven top-10 finishes in his 14 starts for Brad Keselowski Racing in 2013, Chastain makes the move to RBR - which also announced Tuesday that's it's switching manufacturers from Chevrolet to Ford.
"RBR had a long, successful history with Ford Motor Company before coming to the Truck Series in 2010," said team owner Ricky Benton. "We've grown our Truck program over the last four years and partnering with Ford is the best move to help us continue to grow."
Chastain's best finish last season was second, twice - at Phoenix International Raceway and Iowa Speedway - behind the wheel of the No. 19 Ford owned by the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion.
"I knew I needed to make the right move," Chastain said. "Aligning myself with Ricky Benton and continuing my relationship with the Ford Racing family felt like a move in the right direction for me. Everything came together a little later than we expected, but Ricky (Benton) is putting all the right parts and people in place to have a strong year."
Chastain will have veteran crew chief Trip Bruce in his corner. Bruce has 13 Truck Series wins and helped guide Johnny Benson to the 2008 championship. The newly structured team will debut Feb. 21 in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
The team expects to run 10-15 races with sponsorship from BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors and the National Watermelon Association, with more events possible if additional funding can be secured.
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of the Feb. 21 season opener for the Camping World Truck Series starting at 7 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at MRN.com.