Dale Earnhardt Jr. put Ross Chastain in a house.  Now, he’s NASCAR TV gold

Dale Earnhardt Jr. put Ross Chastain in a house. Now, he’s NASCAR TV gold

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Before Ross Chastain was ticking off drivers at the Cup level, he was ruffling feathers down in the Xfinity Series.

And before that, he was paying rent to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Yup. That Dale Jr.

“Ross used to rent from me. I own some rental properties in town, so I always felt like Ross and I had this good friendship,” Junior said this week during an NBC conference call.

“He was close by in proximity as he was trying to get some traction in the sport. We raced against him in the Xfinity Series, and he ran hard and aggressive with no apology, and that was always fun to watch…unless he was running hard and aggressive with the cars that you owned.

“There would be weekends when I would be so frustrated with him, but then the very following weekend he would drive the same way but at least it wasn’t against my cars and I would love it.”

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Junior and the NASCAR on NBC crew are set to take over the TV coverage for the rest of the season beginning Sunday in Nashville (5 pm, NBC). After a rare week off, the Cup Series returns for the first of 10 straight races to close out the regular season.

And yes, you’d be wise to keep an eye on Chastain going forward. Don’t take my word for it, though.

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