The first instance in almost 50 years of NASCAR yanking a win from someone who broke the rules has finally happened. And it comes at the height of calls for NASCAR to adjust the punishments to help deter people from getting too cozy with rule-breaking.
Often, fans and outspoken critics have said that NASCAR teams “know they have to cheat to win” and many even say that they do it knowingly. But, it appears that NASCAR is working to thwart that as much as possible.
— Bobby Ore Motorsport (@OreBobby) June 11, 2019
Officials used driver Ross Chastain’s Truck Series win as an example for how they will be handling things going forward.
Iowa Speedway’s rain-delayed race this past Sunday (NASCAR Truck Series) came to a close with Chastain in the lead and taking top honors…but he was still subject to a post-race inspection as is standard.
Ross Chastain wins #NASCAR Truck Series race in Iowa, celebrates by smashing a watermelon.
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) June 16, 2019
Now, just a few days later, and NASCAR’s penalties and violations report has come out – and Chastain’s truck did not meet requirements during the post-race inspection. That violation has now cost him his win.
The last time NASCAR has actually stripped a driver of their win was in 1960, with the most-recent disqualification for any person happening in 1973.
“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’s Truck Series Managing Director Brad Moran said, according to Jalopnik.
“Unfortunately the 44 (truck) 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 in the tires.”
“Unfortunately, the 44 did not rise on the front at all.”
Truly, disqualifications are extremely rare in NASCAR, but ever since their announcement earlier this year – people have been keeping a close eye on penalty reports to see just how they are adjusting to catch “cheaters.”
Do you think that Chastain’s win should have been taken away from him? Read these tweets below and let us know if you agree in the comments.
To be clear, I'm 100% okay with Chastain having his win taken away. I'll agree that this feels weird considering we don't have the lasting memory of Moffitt winning… but this is what we asked for.
They broke the rules.
Don't be mad about a rule you begged for!#NascarOpinion
— Opinions on NASCAR (@nascar_opinion) June 16, 2019
As much as I hate to say it, I agree. We have always said that, if you cheat, you should be punished. This is what we asked for. Kudos to @NASCAR for following through. That, especially this win in particular, took balls.
— Gage McDonald (@GageMcDonaldd) June 16, 2019
Methinks they might have picked the truck series to do this for the 1st time in order to scare straight the cheaters in the 2 higher series and cause them not to do anything big enough that NASCAR would have to DQ them for it.
— Robert Nelson (@rinjr715) June 16, 2019
Seeing his truck disqualified and stripped of the victory after winning to get into the playoffs is the most @RossChastain thing possible. Nothing ever comes easy for this guy, and even his good breaks turn bad sometimes. https://t.co/srwK2MYJEq
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 16, 2019