Disqualification at Iowa Had Al Niece Wondering Why He Was a NASCAR Team Owner

Next week’s NASCAR on NBC Podcast will be a good one, as Nate Ryan’s guest is Ross Chastain.

Chastain won the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway this past weekend. However, his No. 44 truck failed post-race inspection and the victory was stripped away from the driver and his Niece Motorsports team.

In an excerpt from the upcoming podcast episode, which drops next week, Chastain explains that his team owner Al Niece debated why he even owned a team in NASCAR following the disqualification.

“There will be fallout from this for us for a long time,” Chastain said. “It shook (team owner) Al Niece and all of us to our cores (asking), ‘What are we doing? Why are we doing this?’ Al’s prepared for years to win races, and the amount of investment and infrastructure he’s put into this race team, and to get your second win, and they take it away.

“I think it really made him think about why is he doing this? And is this worth doing? It did. He’s a guy who wears his emotion on his sleeve just like I do. He’s honest. And he came in the shop (Monday) and had some, for me, very bone-jarring words that was like, ‘Holy cow, this could have a really bad effect on all our futures, his included, in NASCAR.’

“It’s scary stuff right now, and that’s why we will go win this weekend, and we will keep winning.”

To read the entire article by Nate Ryan at NBCSports.com, click here.

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