Ross Chastain gets my vote as the #1 Nascar story of the year so far. What an incredible roller coaster ride his life has been in recent months... fairy tale achievements followed by crushing blows from unexpected circumstances then rising again from the depths, rinse and repeat. But it all seems to be working out for the 26-year-old driver, who shows up each week with plenty of persistence, grit, and racing skill. I hope me writing that doesn't jinx the Watermelon Man! And now Brett Griffin, well known spotter and podcaster, has added his unique perspective via a column published in The Athletic (link for subscribers). Brett's insider, behind-the-curtain piece is highly entertaining... and should be required reading for cynics who think Daddy's money is the only way forward in racing.