Ross Chastain is an eighth-generation watermelon farmer and professional race car driver who competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series.
Nicknamed “The Watermelon Man,” “Melon Man,” and “NASCAR’s Busiest Driver,” Ross’ signature move is smashing a watermelon from the top of his car at the end of a winning race – and lately – he’s been smashing a lot.
Chastain’s first victory in NASCAR competition came in 2018 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He has since won six more races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2019, Chastain finished second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings and won the most popular driver award.
Through the midpoint of the 2022 season he has scored two victories at Circuit of the Americas and Talladega Superspeedway along with 8 top-5 and 11 top-10 finishes while leading 426 laps. Chastain is currently participating in season-ending playoffs and is looking to win his first smashing championship – fortunately, finding watermelon is the easy part.
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