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GOTS: Moffitt declared winner after Chastain fails inspection

(MRN) Brett Moffitt was declared the winner of Sunday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway after Ross Chastain’s truck failed post-race inspection.

Chastain swept the opening stages and led 141 laps en route to the checkered flag, but after the celebration in Victory Lane his truck was found to be too low in the front in post-race inspection.

The result handed over the win and the $50,000 Triple Truck Challenge bonus to Moffitt.

“It’s a big change of emotions,” Moffitt said. “Obviously this is not the way I want to win it as a racecar driver. “I still would rather take the checkered and be the first one to it.”

Moffitt did not lead a lap in the race.

“I needed track position, it was really tough to pass,” Moffitt said. “We kept getting stuck on the bottom on restarts and it was tough getting momentum down there.”

“Basically we have a procedure and rules in place, trucks are restricted on their ride heights, the front and the rear of the vehicles,” NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Managing Director Brad Moran said. “Unfortunately the 44 was low on the front — extremely low. We have a process of what happens at that point. They do get an opportunity to roll around. They put fuel in the vehicle. They put air the tires.”

Chastain will now earn last-place points for the race and will lose the bonus points he originally scored in the race prior to the post-race penalty. His Niece Motorsports team will appeal the penalty in an expedited process. Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes will now be credited with winning Stage 1 and 2, respectively. Rhodes, Harrison Burton, Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five.

TOP 10 RACE FINISHERS

Fin Str Trk Driver Make Laps Pts Status Laps Led
1 6 24 Brett Moffitt Chevrolet 200 54 Running 0
2 7 99 Ben Rhodes Ford 200 52 Running 0
3 10 18 Harrison Burton # Toyota 200 43 Running 0
4 2 98 Grant Enfinger Ford 200 50 Running 0
5 3 52 Stewart Friesen Chevrolet 200 38 Running 0
6 12 2 Sheldon Creed # Chevrolet 200 39 Running 0
7 4 88 Matt Crafton Ford 200 44 Running 3
8 1 51 Chandler Smith Toyota 200 36 Running 55
9 13 17 Raphael Lessard Toyota 200 28 Running 0
10 11 4 Todd Gilliland Toyota 200 27 Running 0

SEASON-TO-DATE STANDINGS

Rank Driver Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Laps Led Points -Leader Playoff Points
1 Grant Enfinger 0 6 9 1 110 429  – 1
2 Matt Crafton 0 6 9 2 22 382 -47 2
3 Stewart Friesen 0 5 6 1 126 380 -49 2
4 Brett Moffitt 1 5 6 1 125 378 -51 6
5 Ben Rhodes 0 5 7 0 72 375 -54 2
6 Harrison Burton 0 4 6 0 2 336 -93 0
7 Austin Hill 1 2 6 0 80 334 -95 5
8 Johnny Sauter 1 3 5 0 76 326 -103 8
9 Todd Gilliland 0 1 5 1 39 294 -135 0
10 Sheldon Creed 0 0 3 0 97 293 -136 1
11 Brennan Poole 0 1 3 0 0 205 -224 0
12 Tyler Dippel 0 0 1 0 2 202 -227 0

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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