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Could Chastain replace Larson at CGR? It’s possible

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Kyle Larson is in serious trouble of keeping his ride with Chip Ganassi Racing. So many sponsors have either terminated their relationship with him, or suspended their relationship.

As a result, Larson — who is presently suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing — may not have a ride in the 42 all because of a lack of judgment. He used a racial slur that has changed his life in a matter of 24 hours.

NASCAR driver Ross Chastain stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500
Ross Chastain stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

During a stream on Easter Sunday, he used the n-word during an iRacing event that was streamed on eNASCAR.com. Plus, there were many drivers, who had their own point of view (POV) streams of the race.

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What he said was not right. In fact, it was very disrespectful.

As a result, McDonald’s, Credit One, Clover, and Lucas Oil have terminated their relationship with him. Chevrolet has suspended their relationship with him.

NASCAR comes down to dollars and cents. With nearly all his sponsors backing out of agreements with him, Larson does not have the funds to pay for a ride himself on a regular basis, nor would he actually do this.

Like any Motorsports, it’s going to come down to sponsors. Chip Ganassi Racing will be forced to look in another direction when NASCAR gets back up and running following this coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.

Whenever NASCAR does start once again, the most likely choice to drive the No. 42 for Chip Ganassi Racing would be Ross Chastain. He has had a working relationship with CGR.

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In addition, he has been gaining NASCAR Cup Series experience since replacing Ryan Newman in the second race of the season. Newman has been sidelined since being involved in a very scary crash back in February.

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Chastain is not a rookie. He has 75 races under his belt — including three this season with Roush Fenway Racing — since making his debut in the series during the 2017 season.

He has never won a race during those 75 races. However, last season, he did pick up his first Top 10 finish when he finished 10th at the 2019 Daytona 500 in the Royal Teak Collection ride.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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