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Wendell Chavous stepping away from NASCAR after Talladega Truck race

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 - Practice

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 10: Wendell Chavous, driver of the #49 SobrietyNation Chevrolet, stands by his truck during practice NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 10, 2018 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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Camping World Truck Series driver Wendell Chavous announced Monday via Twitter that he will step away from NASCAR indefinitely following this weekend’s Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega.

Chavous has 49 career starts in the series since 2014. He’s competing full-time this year for Premium Motorsports. He best result through 18 races is 12th twice.

“It took me a long time to fully embrace and feel good about making this choice,” Chavous said. “I truly know in my heart it is the right thing to do for me and for my family as well.”

Chavous, 33, cited the “very demanding” NASCAR schedule in his decision as well as a desire to be more involved in his own company and his family.

“I have a 4-year-old son who is growing up very fast and I’ve missed important times in his life because of my racing career,” Chavous said. “I am a father first and I want to be there for him to guide him and watch him grow up.”

Chavous’ announcement comes after Truck Series rookie Justin Fontaine announced Sept. 17 that he would step away from the sport at season’s end due to the stress of his career on his family and a lack of sponsorship.