won finished 32nd last week at Iowa as NASCAR for the first time in decades took away the win and handed it to the second place finisher. It was a devastating turn of events for Chastain and his Niece Motorsports team who are now racing for the Truck Series championship.
In his typical never give up attitude Chastain went out at Gateway and ran it back. Taking victory once again but this time he didn’t have to give up the trophy. Watermelon boy now has the win he so desperately needed to make the playoffs and now sits just 34 points out of locking himself into the postseason.
Back To Victory Lane
Chastain led the last 19 laps of the race but it wasn’t necessarily because he had the fastest car. A fantastic strategy call by his crew chief Phil Gould to get track position helped but the #45 back in victory lane.
A late restart on old tires nearly doomed Chastain as he spun the tires coming to the green and nearly got jacked up by Todd Gilliland behind him. Nevertheless Chastain drove through the issue and was able to hold off the KBM truck of Gilliland and Christian Eckes who had their own battle further solidifying Chastain’s victory.
Christian Eckes made a strong run at the checkered flag last night as well. The ARCA driver led a race high 57 laps and was in contention to win at the end until Stewart Friesen spun him on the last lap in turn 2. The second year in a row that Friesen sent Eckes for a spin at Gateway. For KBM however it had to be nice seeing two of their trucks in contention with Eckes and Gilliland before that spin. Three of their trucks in contention before that Harrison Burton incident. In the end though the KBM boys still got beat by a Niece Motorsports truck on old tires and that can’t make Kyle very happy.
For Chastain this is the redemption he and his team needed. To wallow in their sorrows from last week. Rebound this week, shut down any chance at questions going forward and now focus on gaining 34 points over the next 5 races.
For the truck series this is the best story going in any of NASCAR’s three touring series at the moment.
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