Is Ross Chastain NASCAR’s Answer to the ‘Next Dale Earnhardt’ Question?

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Ross Chastain’s aggressive model of driving and fierce perspective have made him a preferred unhealthy boy in the NASCAR world over these final two seasons. One specific facet of the driver that goes so far as likening him to the legend Dale Earnhardt is the humble, working man picture that he has garnered as a watermelon farmer.

The new Netflix-NASCAR docuseries lined the Florida native’s journey in final 12 months’s postseason and portrayed scenes of his dedication to farming. Chastain says on the present, “I grew up an eighth-generation watermelon farmer. I by no means thought I needed to be an astronaut, or president, or the rest. My dad was all the pieces I needed to be.”

Trackhouse Racing president Ty Norris continued, “He connects with the blue-collar fan in the grandstands greater than anyone since Dale Earnhardt handed away. I feel Ross has struggled with the thought of being a star as a result of he nonetheless appears to be like at himself as one in every of the guys.”

A fan who’d come to watch Chastain race at Charlotte poured additional reward on the #1 driver’s roots. With an enormous watermelon atop his 1957 Chevy 150 Handyman, the fan had drawn the consideration of Chastain, who got here to speak with him. Pleased with the gesture, the fan stated, “He’s an on a regular basis man. I imply, he’s standing right here speaking to me. And, I’m no person. He’s a celebrity.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reveals how Ross Chastain can take after his father

Though Chastain’s aggressiveness has been termed controversial in a big half, icons like Dale Jr. and Ty Norris consider that it’s one thing that has been lacking from the sport for a very long time. Long earlier than turning into part of Trackhouse Racing, Norris was the Vice President of Dale Earnhardt Inc. from 1996 to 2004. Having labored with Dale Sr. carefully, Norris believes that there’s logic in Chastain being in contrast with him.

Dale Jr. said on his podcast final 12 months, “Dad was on the market doing actual comparable issues on the racetrack. He flat-out dumped folks and would get out.” He continued, “People round Dale Earnhardt round ’86, ’87, up into the ’90s, these folks round him, they capitalized on his on-track actions. They created a persona, by way of advertising, by way of souvenirs, that went nationwide, if not world.”

Junior believed that Chastain and Trackhouse Racing may market themselves how Dale Sr. did again then and create a preferred persona like that of the Intimidator.

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