Race winner Ross Chastain's # 44 truck, Niece Motorsports, failed the post-race inspection at Iowa Speedway and was officially disqualified from the Sunday race of the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
NASCAR officials have found that the No. 44 truck was too low in the front during the technical inspection after the race, according to a NASCAR spokesman. Chastain will not receive any credit for the win and will be considered to earn points in last place for the race. He will lose the points earned with the win and the seven bonus points of the playoffs.
The second places in both stages received 10 race points associated with respective stage wins, as well as the playoff point for a stage victory. Matt Crafton took the stage win for Phase 1, while Ben Rhodes reaped the same win for Phase 2.
The team can appeal the penalty in an expedited process until Monday, noon time, according to NASCAR.
Brett Moffitt was officially declared the winner of Sunday's 200 M & M at Iowa, winning his first win of the 2019 season with GMS Racing in his first season with the organization. Moffitt will also collect the $ 50,000 bonus for the Triple Truck Challenge program. He also won this race last season.
The post-race process is part of a new, more timely inspection approach for the three NASCAR national series. Competition officials announced in February that extensive post-race inspections would take place soon after the checkered flag on the track instead of mid-week at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, SC. North.
These inspections have a stricter deterrence structure that includes disqualification for major rule violations – "a change in total culture," according to Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Race Development Manager. In the past, winning teams recognized in violation of the rules were fined, deducted points and / or suspensions after the race, but victories were allowed.
The competition officials introduced a faster post-race inspection schedule to make official results on race day, aiming for a 90-minute deadline for completion of the process. The new post-race inspection process was also designed to deal more quickly with potential violations, avoiding any news in the middle of the week that could cloud the results of the previous week or the preparation of the next week's event.
NASCAR will continue to inspect R & D center cars and parts as needed, but more complete track inspection will take precedence.
According to NASCAR's statistical archive, the last time a Premier Series driver was disqualified occurred in 1973, when buddy Baker, the novice retiree, was demoted to last place in the National 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. . The last time an apparent winner of the NASCAR First Division was disqualified, on April 17, 1960, Emanuel Zervakis' victory at Wilson (NC) Speedway was thrown out because of an oversized fuel tank on his Chevrolet No. 85.