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NEWTON, IOWA - JUNE 15: Ross Chastain, driver of the #44 TruNorth/Paul Jr Designs Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series M&M's 200 at Iowa Speedway on June 15, 2019 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Niece Motorsports’ Iowa penalty upheld

A member of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld penalties Wednesday against the Niece Motorsports No. 44 team for violations found in post-race inspection after last Sunday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series event at Iowa Speedway.

The Al Niece-owned truck was found to be too low in the front after Ross Chastain drove it to an apparent victory in Sunday’s M&M’s 200 at the .875-mile track. Competition officials disqualified Chastain and the Niece organization, handing the win to Brett Moffitt, who was scored second as the checkered flag unfurled.

In filing the expedited appeal, Niece indicated that it planned to argue that minor damage during the course of the 200-lap race caused the No. 44 Chevrolet to fail the minimum height requirement.

Wednesday’s appeal was heard by Bryan Moss, the former Gulfstream Aerospace president who was appointed as the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in 2014. His ruling is final and cannot be appealed.