When racing fans watched the 11th Annual M&M’S® 200 presented by Casey’s General Store live, they saw Florida native Ross Chastain take the checkered flag at Iowa Speedway for his second win of the season. However, about an hour after the race concluded, NASCAR officials made the announcement that race winner Chastain failed post-race inspection after finding the ride heights being too low.
With that said, Grimes, Iowa native Brett Moffitt was declared the winner instead after previously finishing second when Chastain crossed the line first originally.
“I’ll take a win anyway I can get,” Moffit said in his post race press conference. “I would rather take the checkered flag first and inspection penalties like this, are good for the integrity of the sport.”
This is Moffitt’s eighth victory in 46 Gander Outdoors Truck Series and his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2019.
Moffitt started his day in the sixth position after qualifying was rained out. He was quiet for most of the day, but shined in the final stage where he followed Chastain closely behind in second. When the original race was over, Moffitt crossed the second but later declared the winner after inspection.
Even if Moffitt was declared the winner, he described track position was important when he originally finished second.
“Track position, really,” the Grimes, Iowa native told in his post race interview with MRN Radio. “Really tough to pass and we kept getting stuck on the bottom on restarts, and tough to get your momentum going down there. All in all, we had a good day but it’s my home track and wins are all that matters here. We had a good Chevy Silverado, just needed a little more.”
It is Moffitt’s first win of the 2019 season, his first since winning the championship last season at Homestead. Moffitt is awarded ten points and a spot in the playoffs should he stay in the top eight.
The Niece Motorsports team, however, are allowed until noon eastern Monday to appeal the decision.
Chastain, on the other hand, was relegated to a 32nd place finish and his two stage wins were taken away. He will only earn five points for the race.
Johnny Sauter was parked by NASCAR after an incident with Austin Hill and is credited with only completing 137 laps. He wound up finishing 28th. The altercation began when Hill got into the back of Sauter’s truck on Lap 137. Sauter slid into the outside wall and during the caution, he ran into the rear of Hill’s truck in retaliation.
Update: It is determined that Niece Motorsports will appeal NASCAR’s decision. Niece Motorsports originally had until noon eastern on Monday to appeal the penalty.
Stay tuned with Speedway Media throughout the week following Niece’s appeal.
Up Next: The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series continue their Midwest swing by visiting World Wide Technology Raceway, formerly known as Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 22.
Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race Number 10
Race Results for the 11th Annual M&M’S® 200 presented by Casey’s General Store – Sunday, June 16, Iowa Speedway – Newton, IA – 0.875 – Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 200 Laps – 175. Miles
|1||6||24||Brett Moffitt||Destiny Homes Smart Series Chevrolet||200||6||2||54||Running|
|2||7||99||Ben Rhodes||Carolina Nut Ford||200||4||1||52||Running|
|3||10||18||Harrison Burton #||Morton Buildings Toyota||200||8||5||43||Running|
|4||2||98||Grant Enfinger||ProtectTheHarvest.com Ford||200||2||3||50||Running|
|5||3||52||Stewart Friesen||Halmar International Chevrolet||200||10||6||38||Running|
|6||12||2||Sheldon Creed #||Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet||200||5||9||39||Running|
|7||4||88||Matt Crafton||Menards/Conagra Ford||200||1||7||44||Running|
|8||1||51||Chandler Smith||Safelite AutoGlass Toyota||200||0||4||36||Running|
|9||13||17||Raphael Lessard||ReseauDynamique.com/FRLExpress Toyota||200||0||0||28||Running|
|10||11||4||Todd Gilliland||JBL/SiriusXM Toyota||200||0||0||27||Running|
|11||15||30||Brennan Poole||Bad Boy Mowers Toyota||200||0||0||26||Running|
|12||9||16||Austin Hill||ARCO National Construction Toyota||200||7||8||32||Running|
|13||5||45||Kyle Benjamin||Kanga Chevrolet||199||0||0||24||Running|
|14||16||22||Austin Wayne Self||GOTEXAN/ICEBOX HelmetCoolers Chevrolet||199||0||0||23||Running|
|15||26||46||Riley Herbst||Monster Energy/Advance Auto Parts Toyota||199||0||0||22||Running|
|16||18||20||Spencer Boyd||TRQ Auto Parts Chevrolet||198||0||0||21||Running|
|17||23||54||Natalie Decker #||N29 Technologies LLC Toyota||198||0||0||20||Running|
|18||17||3||Jordan Anderson||Lucas Oil Chevrolet||198||0||0||19||Running|
|19||14||2||Tyler Dippel #||Jersry Filmmaker Chevrolet||197||0||0||18||Running|
|20||22||12||Gus Dean #||OverkillRV.com Chevrolet||197||0||0||17||Running|
|21||24||34||Mason Massey||Hicklin Garage Doors Chevrolet||196||0||0||16||Running|
|22||25||97||Jesse Little||Skuttle Tight Ford||194||9||0||17||Running|
|23||21||33||CJ McLaughlin||Sci Aps Chevrolet||189||0||0||14||Running|
|24||29||6||Norm Benning||H & H Transport Chevrolet||186||0||0||13||Running|
|25||32||0||Jennifer Jo Cobb||Driven2Honor.org Chevrolet||183||0||0||12||Running|
|26||30||56||Tyler Hill||Southern Freight Services Chevrolet||179||0||0||11||Running|
|27||8||13||Johnny Sauter||Tenda Products Ford||137||3||10||19||Parked|
|28||27||42||Chad Finley||AutoValue/Strutmasters/XLTEngineering Chevrolet||68||0||0||9||Rear End|
|29||20||8||Trey Hutchens III||Chevrolet||61||0||0||8||Brakes|
|30||28||10||Juan Ma Gonzalez||Illux Chevrolet||40||0||0||7||Accident|
|31||31||87||Tyler Ankrum||Nemco Chevrolet||17||0||0||6||Brakes|
|32||19||44||Ross Chastain||TruNorth/Paul Jr Designs Chevrolet||200||0||0||5||Running|