NASCAR found the No. 44 Chevrolet of race winner Ross Chastain too low during post-race inspection on Sunday at Iowa Speedway. As a result, Chastain has been disqualified and Brett Moffitt has been declared as the new race winner.
The disqualification means that Ross Chastain will receive one point for the race and no points for winning both stages. The points for winning a stage will now be given to whomever finished second in stages one and two on laps 60 and 120.
Niece Motorsports has until noon eastern on Monday to file an appeal.
Ross Chastain led 141 of the 200 laps at Iowa Speedway to win the M&M’s 200 at the 0.875-mile oval on Sunday. Chastain claimed both stages of the 175-mile event to score his second career win in the series.
Iowa native Brett Moffitt sat second on the leaderboard when the checkered flag fell. Moffitt, driving the No. 24 Chevrolet, started sixth and sat seventh in stage one and third in stage two.
The reigning series champion leaves the Iowa track with five top five and six top 10 finishes.
Chastain will leave the track sitting 25th in driver points after declaring for Gander Outdoors Truck Series points ahead of last weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Florida native is now locked into the playoffs as long as he gets into the top 20 in points by the cutoff.
With 10 Gander Outdoors Truck Series races complete in 2019 – Ross Chastain leaves Iowa with two wins, four top five and 10 top 10 finishes.
Ben Rhodes and Harrison Burton rounded out the top five.
Stewart Friesen, Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton, Chandler Smith and Raphael Lessard rounded out the top 10.
Two of the four yellow flags throughout the M&M’s 200 came out for on-track incidents. The first yellow of the day came out for Juan Gonzalez in turn four. The next two were for stage breaks at laps 60 and 120.
The big one came out involving Johnny Sauter and Austin Hill on lap 139 in turn four. Following the incident, while circling under yellow flag, Sauter waited for Hill to come back around to punt the No. 16 Toyota.
Sauter, who led the field for only one circuit, was parked for the day and had to visit the NASCAR trailer before exiting the track. The Wisconsin native finished 28th as a result. Hill went on to take home the 13th spot.
The next race for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. The Gateway 200 will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 8:30 p.m. ET. On June 22nd.