Ross Chastain and the No. 1 NASCAR Chevy Camaro ZL1 didn’t make 

Championship 4 in the 2023 Cup Series Playoffs, but that didn’t stop him from bringing 

race-winning performance to Phoenix Raceway on November 5th, 2023. I

 he beat all four of the championship contenders across the line to take the checkered f

something that hasn’t been done since the Playoffs format was implemented in 2014.

Chastain led 157 of 312 laps during the race, passing Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota

TRD Camry after a restart on Lap 282. He never looked back, and went on to win by 

1.230 seconds ahead of Ryan Blaney, whose No. 12 Ford Mustang won the overall 2023 

Cup Series championship. In fact, Blaney and Chastain traded paint a few times

the former attempted to make the pass for the win, but Chastain didn’t surrender the lead,

even though he wasn’t racing for the title.“I was not going to crash him,” 

” Chastain said of Blaney in a postrace interview. “I was not going to use my front bumper,