‘Underdog’ Chastain wins truck series race at Kansas Speedway

Ross Chastain won his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck series race in the Digital Ally 250 Friday night at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Scheduled on Saturday night is the Digital Ally 400. (Fan photo)

In what has to be considered a sentimental win, Ross Chastain won the Digital Ally 250 Friday night, his first win in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and at Kansas Speedway.

“Winning is hard to do,” Chastain said. “Sports is about the underdog, and we’ve been called the underdog for a while and I want to stop being called that. This is all that I’ve wanted since I started racing when I was 12. It hasn’t always been easy for this team but I just want to be successful.”

For Chastain, the victory is his first in 2019 and seventh top-10 finish. It’s also Chastain’s first top-10 finish at Kansas Speedway.

“On the final restart, we were tight and all I thought was that I wouldn’t be able to pass Stewart Friesen, but then he ran out of gas and my spotter said ‘Don’t mess this up,’” Chastain said. “Our spotter reminded me of me saying ‘I promise if you bring me on to race, we’ll win.’ I knew we could win, I just had to prove it.”

Ben Rhodes finished second, posting his first top-10 finish in four races at Kansas Speedway. Todd Gilliland, who finished third, posted his first top-1 finish in his first race at Kansas Speedway.

After Friday night’s Digital Ally 250, Grant Enfinger leads the point standings by 13 points over Brett Moffitt.

The Digital Ally 400 is Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. Tickets are available at the Kansas Speedway Ticket Booth B, online at www.kansasspeedway.com and at 866-460-7223.

Racing action from Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck series race in the Digital Ally 250 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Scheduled on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway is the Digital Ally 400. (Fan photo)
Racing action from Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck series race in the Digital Ally 250 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Scheduled on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway is the Digital Ally 400. (Fan photo)
Racing action from Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck series race in the Digital Ally 250 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Scheduled on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway is the Digital Ally 400. (Fan photo)
Racing action from Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck series race in the Digital Ally 250 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Scheduled on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway is the Digital Ally 400. (Fan photo)
Racing action from Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck series race in the Digital Ally 250 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Scheduled on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway is the Digital Ally 400. (Fan photo)
Racing action from Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck series race in the Digital Ally 250 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Scheduled on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway is the Digital Ally 400. (Fan photo)
Racing action from Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck series race in the Digital Ally 250 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Scheduled on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway is the Digital Ally 400. (Fan photo)
Racing action from Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck series race in the Digital Ally 250 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Scheduled on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway is the Digital Ally 400. (Fan photo)
Racing action from Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck series race in the Digital Ally 250 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Scheduled on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway is the Digital Ally 400. (Fan photo)
Racing action from Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck series race in the Digital Ally 250 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Scheduled on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway is the Digital Ally 400. (Fan photo)
Racing action from Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck series race in the Digital Ally 250 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Scheduled on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway is the Digital Ally 400. (Fan photo)

Racing under the lights

Trucks are racing under the lights Friday night at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The NASCAR Digital Ally 250 truck race is Friday night, and the NASCAR Digital Ally Cup Series 400 will be Saturday night. (Fan photo)
Trucks are racing under the lights Friday night at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The NASCAR Digital Ally 250 truck race is Friday night, and the NASCAR Digital Ally Cup Series 400 will be Saturday night. (Fan photo)

NASCAR champion meets fans

NASCAR race car driver Joey Logano signed autographs on Thursday evening at Sam’s Club, 10510 Parallel Parkway, in Kansas City, Kansas. Logano is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion for 2018. He has won previously at Kansas Speedway, and is entered in the Digital Ally 400 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 11. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

NASCAR race car driver Joey Logano posed for photographs with fans on Thursday evening at Sam’s Club, 10510 Parallel Parkway, in Kansas City, Kansas. Logano is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion for 2018. He has won previously at Kansas Speedway, and is entered in the Digital Ally 400 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 11. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
NASCAR race car driver Joey Logano talked with fans on Thursday evening at Sam’s Club, 10510 Parallel Parkway, in Kansas City, Kansas. Logano is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion for 2018. He has won previously at Kansas Speedway, and is entered in the Digital Ally 400 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 11. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
NASCAR race car driver Joey Logano was interviewed on Thursday evening at Sam’s Club, 10510 Parallel Parkway, in Kansas City, Kansas. Logano is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion for 2018. He has won previously at Kansas Speedway, and is entered in the Digital Ally 400 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 11. (Photo by Steve Rupert)