NASCAR: Ross Chastain moving up to XFINITY Series with JD Motorsports

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After making seven XFINITY Series starts in 2014, Ross Chastain has landed a full-time 2015 drive in NASCAR’s No. 2 national series with JD Motorsports.

Chastain will drive the No. 4 Chevrolet Camaro with support from Watermelon.org and the National Watermelon Association.

His connection with the refreshing fruit goes beyond sponsorship, as the 22-year-old Floridian was born and then grew up working on a farm that’s heavily involved in the watermelon industry.

“It’s great to be involved with Watermelon.org, and we want to take them along for a great ride this year,” Chastain said in a team release. “I’m looking forward to working with [team owner] Johnny [Davis] and his guys and making a mark this year in [the XFINITY Series].

“Ross has an amazing level of experience for a young driver,” Davis said. “He brings a lot to our team. We’re looking forward to seeing how far we can go this year with his input and the support of Watermelon.org and the National Watermelon Association. It’s going to be a big year.”

Chastain will team up with Sprint Cup veteran Landon Cassill in JD’s No. 01 Chevrolet and Harrison Rhodes in a third, as-of-now-unnumbered car.

Last season, Chastain’s best finish in the XFINITY Series was a 10th-place showing at Kentucky in the fall. He also made three starts in the Camping World Truck Series, where he ran the full schedule in 2012 (one Top-5, four Top-10s) and the majority of events in 2013 (four Top-5s, seven Top-10s in 14 starts).

Indy 500 qualifying: Today’s schedule, TV times, how the 33-car field is set

Indy 500 qualifying schedule
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The 33-car field of the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be set through the two-day Indy 500 qualifying schedule Saturday and Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Today’s session will determine the nine cars that will compete for the pole position and starting positions 10-30.

On Sunday, the pole position then will be determined in a Fast Nine Shootout (the top nine qualifiers also received NTT IndyCar Series points).

All on-track activity will be on NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar pass (click here for streaming Saturday and here for Sunday), and Indy 500 qualifying will be on NBC from 3-5 p.m. ET Saturday and Indy 500 pole qualifying from 1-3 p.m. ET on NBC.

Last year, Simon Pagenaud captured the pole position on the way to winning last year’s Indy 500.

Qualifying speeds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are determined by a four-lap average around the 2.5-mile track.

Here is the Indy 500 qualifying schedule and how to watch on TV:

Saturday, Aug. 15

5:30 a.m. – Garage opens

6 a.m. – Tech inspection

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC coverage from 3-5 p.m.; NBCSN 5-6 p.m.)

7:30 p.m. – Garage closes

Sunday, Aug. 16

8 a.m. – Garage opens

9 a.m. — Tech inspection

11-11:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

1:15-2:15 p.m. – Fast Nine pole qualifying (NBC begins at 1 p.m., NBC Sports Gold)

3:30-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)