NASCAR overturns victory for first time since 1960

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “The height sticks have warning yellows in them and reds, and it was right off of all of them, so unfortunately it was extremely low,” Moran said.The disqualification was the first under strict new rules put into place at the start of this season to deter the culture of cheating — and it delivered a much-needed win for Moffitt, a native Iowan racing at his hometown track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think, for the integrity of the sport, it’s the right thing to do,” said Moffitt, who never led a lap in the race.“Obviously I came out on the good end of it. If I was in Ross’s shoes, I wouldn’t be too thrilled about it.” Winning teams found in violation of the rules in previous seasons were penalized with post-race fines, point deductions and/or suspensions. But drivers didn’t have victories taken away from them until Chastain was stripped of the victory Sunday.The decision could prove to be devastating for Chastain’s season.Chastain recently switched the championship he’d compete for in 2019 from the Xfinity Series to Trucks, a risky move that left him at the bottom of the standings. The apparent win at Iowa meant that Chastain would only have to finish 20th or higher in the Truck standings to receive a playoff berth, and the driver nicknamed “The Melon Man” was so thrilled about it that he smashed a watermelon to the ground in victory lane.Instead, Chastain has now been scored as if he finished last, and his victory and bonus points have been stripped away. Chastain also lost the $50,000 he had won for taking first in the “Triple Truck Challenge” marketing promotion that included the Iowa race.Chastain, who spoke at a news conference after his apparent victory, could not be located for comment after his disqualification was announced.As for Moffitt, he said he had been drinking beers in his motorhome and on his way to the airport in nearby Des Moines and was “mad as hell” about losing when he got the call informing him that Chastain had been disqualified.Moffitt and his beer buzz were summoned back to the track for the second winner’s news conference of the day.“I went from drinking my sorrows away to being happy,” Moffitt said. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Brooks Koepka makes US Open history, but no 3 in a row DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Niece Motorsports tweeted after the race that it will appeal the decision. Team owner Al Niece said in a statement that the truck passed opening and pre-race inspections.“We believe that the No. 44 truck sustained minor damage, which left the truck too low following the race,” Niece said.NASCAR said the last time it disqualified an apparent race winner was April 17, 1960, when Emanuel Zervakis’ victory at Wilson Speedway in North Carolina was thrown out because of an oversized fuel tank. But the last driver to be stripped of a victory was Mike Skinner in a 1999 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Skinner led the final 41 laps but NASCAR said the next morning his car had an unapproved cylinder head. The win was handed to Dave Blaney and Skinner was dropped to 43rd and last in the field.Skinner and his team filed an appeal, which was overturned two days later. Skinner was once again awarded the victory, but did not receive the usual first-place earnings.NASCAR announced in February that thorough post-race inspections would take place right after the race at the track instead of midweek at the sanctioning body’s research and development center outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Brett Moffitt walks to his car after driver introductions before a NASCAR Truck Series auto race, Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Moffitt was declared the winner of the race after apparent winner Ross Chastain’s car failed a post-race inspection. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)NEWTON, Iowa — NASCAR overturned a victory for the first time under its toughened new policy on cheating when Brett Moffitt was declared the winner of the Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway after Ross Chastain failed a post-race inspection.Chastain led the final 141 laps of Sunday’s 200-lap race, but series managing director Brad Moran said the winning No. 44 was too low when it was measured with NASCAR’s height sticks.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:151.108M crowd estimate at Manila North Cemetery since Oct. 30 to Nov. 202:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img

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