Niece Motorsports, Ross Chastain Lose Appeal, DQ Stands

Bryan Moss, a former Gulfstream Aerospace president, who has served as the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer since 2014 heard Niece Motorsports’ case. But by the end of the appeal on Wednesday, Moss upheld the disqualification that was levied following post-race inspection after Sunday’s M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Ross Chastain is ready to go forward with his season.

“It’s actually very simple — Sunday is in the past,” Chastain said in a team statement. “I’m focused on getting to Gateway and putting this Niece Motorsports Truck in Victory Lane for the third time this year.”

Chastain had dominated the race and won the event, but in post-race inspection his truck was found to be “way too low” in the front. As a result, NASCAR stripped the win and handed the win over to runner-up finisher Brett Moffitt.

Chastain was bumped to the final-place in the 32-truck field. Chastain, who swept Stages 1 and 2 was also stripped of his Stage points and playoff points as a result of the disqualification.

In a statement released by Niece Motorsports, team owner voiced his displeasure with the appeal, but the team is moving on.

“Although our team disagrees with the decision, we have exhausted out options for recourse and must move on. Our sights will remain set on the obstacle in front of us — which is making the playoffs. I firmly believe that Ross and this Niece Motorsports team are capable of rising to the challenge, no matter what gets in our way.”

According to NASCAR, the last time a national series winner was disqualified was Dale Jarrett in the 1995 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan. Jarrett had an illegal carburetor that day, and as a result Mark Martin won that race.