Ross Chastain’s Failed Post-Race Inspection Delivers All-Time Bad Beat

Jun 17, 2019 08:28 AM EDT
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Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: NASCAR driver Ross Chastain

  • NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series driver Ross Chastain was stripped of a victory in the 2019 Iowa 200 after failing post-race inspection.
  • After paying out bets on Chastain at north of 30-1, many sportsbooks took back the winnings following the inspection.

This line immediately offered value.

Heading into Sunday’s rain-delayed Iowa 200, Ross Chastain had posted top-10 finishes in all nine NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series events so far this season, including a win at Kansas Speedway in May.

So when the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened Chastain at 35-1 for Iowa, many of us jumped on that number.

In fact, despite posting the fastest 10-lap average in final practice, Ross was still available at 30-1 before the start of Sunday’s race, providing an opportunity for even more bettors to jump aboard the Chastain train.

After starting 19th, Chastain blasted his way to the front of the field, leading 144 of 200 laps in a dominant victory … or so we thought.

Because Chastain won the race, his truck was taken by NASCAR for post-race inspection and unfortunately for him — and bettors — the race-winning vechicle was found to be too low.

Thanks to tougher rules implemented before the start of the 2019 season to deter teams from cheating, Chastain was stripped of the victory and relegated to a last-place finish.

In the past, the team would have been penalized severely, but the win would have stood — including for betting purposes.

However, this was not the case on Sunday. Many sportsbooks that initially paid out Chastain as the winner regraded the bet and took back those winnings.

Still, a handful of books reportedly paid out Chastain as the winner and have yet to regrade those bets at the time of writing.

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