by Bob Bocras
NASCAR FOX Sports writer
FOX Sports often covers these serious topics in the NASCAR Arena.
But this week stopped for cup chain drivers. It’s been a few weeks since the unofficial start of summer (Memorial Day) and a few days since the official start of summer next week.
So instead of talking about the number of winners, the pressure of doing qualifying, getting the wheels out of the race cars, and the silly week or season disputes, it seems appropriate to talk about…the watermelon.
Yes, watermelon. The staple of a summer outing. Good food you don’t want to miss…unless you are Ross Chastain And celebrate winning.
Fans watched Chastain smash a watermelon Celebrating his victories. Then he eats them off the ground.
Ross Chastain after winning his first cup
Ross Chastain celebrates his first cup win with a one-of-a-kind celebration featuring watermelon.
It may sound gross to you, but he says that watermelon tastes never sweet.
29-year-old Chastain is an eighth-generation watermelon grower from Florida. It’s a very organic and real celebration for him. The more watermelons sold, the better for the family business.
And he wouldn’t mind wasting a good watermelon for advertising.
The task of picking a celebration watermelon does not fall to Chastain or a loved one. This responsibility falls to Team Trackhouse truck driver Roy Miller, who drives the transporter with cars to all the races. When he goes shopping for food for the team on the weekend, he’ll pick watermelons for smashing.
“Mr. Roy is the ultimate decision-maker – and his wife – in deciding what kind of melon he goes in the pick-up truck each week,” Chastain said. “So I have no say in that. It’s up to them.”
“I gave him my advice on how to choose the best.”
In fact, Chastain has specific instructions.
“Heavy,” he said. “It should be heavy for its size. That means it has a lot of water – 92 percent water.”
Ross Chastain wins his fourth Truck Series race
Watch the final rounds of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in Charlotte, as Ross Chastain clinched a victory after a restart.
So yeah, Miller goes through the watermelon basket at the grocery store to find a heavy one. The heaviest are often yellow at the bottom, because of all that water.
“He did a great job, but it was kind of an inaccurate science,” Chastain said.
As watermelons spoil more quickly in the summer, Chastain doesn’t worry too much. He says it usually lasts about a month before a new one is needed.
“They were kept in the air-conditioned pickup truck,” he said. “So it doesn’t matter what’s outside, our number one [car] Nice and cool transport truck. “
Of course, Chastain doesn’t walk around smashing a watermelon every day. The celebration saves for race wins and big sponsor announcements, although he recently made an exception when a student asked him to smash a watermelon to celebrate the end of final exams.
He also knows that after the wins, fans want to smash the watermelon, too.
“We have won Xfinity “Race in Daytona a few years ago, and I think we probably set 30,” Chastain said. “All night after that race we just busted them all over the field with people. I try, if we have extras, let the others hack them because that’s cool.
“Everyone knows what that means. It means we won. Sunday night [after the Talladega win]And, early Monday morning, there’s a video of some of my buddies busting one out and I’m just watching it. That’s really cool.”
In a strange twist, Chastain knows that there are watermelons that are neither eaten nor smashed and that actually sit for as long as possible.
“I’ve fallen for my fair share of watermelons.”
Between two cup victories, Chastain can’t choose his favorite post-race watermelon juice.
“I can’t put a cotta or a talladega before each other,” he said. “Both were good.”
But he learns the key to the fatal blow.
“Top of the car. That’s the secret to me now is to go higher. I’m very short, so I get off the ground [and] Having more distance to throw it is a good thing.”
What to watch
This weekend the trucks are racing at the Knoxville racetrack, and one thing to watch is whether the race is an improvement over last year’s disappointing event, which never found a rhythm amid the warnings. In fact, nearly 45% of the race was conducted under caution.
If it isn’t a better show this time around, it will be hard to argue in a third truck race in Knoxville.
think out loud
NASCAR announced Sunday that the showdown will return to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum next year. The February 5th Exposition will require NASCAR to construct a temporary racetrack in an iconic sports venue.
I Written after the event-This is a good move. It’s possible that NASCAR saw things it wanted to improve after this year’s event, and moving to another facility to build a track will make it difficult for NASCAR to assess any changes, whether it’s for coordination, construction tracking, etc.
If NASCAR wants to make a great event even better, getting back on the runway for another year is the right thing to do.
they said that
“I am not surprised that we are a winning racing team because I would not have started this project if I had not thought, and really believe, that the opportunity exists to build a new racing team in the sport that could win. It happened very quickly. That was a surprise.” – Trackhouse co-owner Justin Marks
Bob Pokras has spent decades covering motorsports, including the last 30 games of the Daytona 500. He joined FOX Sports in 2019 after working for ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Popocras. Looking for more NASCAR content? Subscribe to the FOX Sports NASCAR Newsletter with Bob Pockrass!
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