NASCAR brought the hammer down on Joey Logano and the No. 22 team today, issuing an L1-level penalty for a rear suspension violation on the vehicle that won last weekend's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.
Logano on Thursday was all but stripped of his victory at Richmond because his vehicle failed a post-race inspection at NASCAR's North Carolina headquarters.
Logano, who was already popped for swerving at Bristol Motor Speedway two races ago, and served a 30-minute practice hold at Richmond was adamant that the penalty had nothing to do with swerving to reset the rear suspension of the vehicle. Also, he will not be able to use the five playoff points earned from the win if he was to make the postseason.
Keselowski is a two-time race victor through nine races this season, while Richmond is Logano's lone victory.
NASCAR also took away 25 driver points and 25 owner points as a result of the infraction.
Team Penske has not yet announced whether it will appeal the penalty.
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"Like I said, I drive the vehicle", Logano said.
Team Penske doesn't intentional try to skirt NASCAR's rulebook; it merely tries to push the limits as far as it can because that's what teams have to do if they want to win. His crew chief, Paul Wolfe, was initially suspended three races and fined $65,000 because the No. 2 team failed the laser inspection station after a fifth-place finish at Phoenix on March 19. Per the NASCAR penalty report the No. 22 did not adhere to Section 20.14.3., Truck Trailing Arm Spacers/Pinion Angle Shims. The No. 22 team remains focused on competing for wins as we work towards the NASCAR Playoffs and a Championship. The No. 22 team failed to do so and was penalized accordingly.
Logano's race engineer Miles Stanley and veteran crew chief Greg Erwin will pick up the slack in the absence of Gordon. "We're looking at the silver lining as something that's making us drive to win more and make us a little bit more determined to make it happen, so I think we can make up those points with the right attitude".
"We are disappointed by the notice, however, we do not plan to appeal the penalty". Crew chief Mike Wheeler was fined $10,000 for the infraction.
-Denny Hamlin's vehicle, the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing entry, was missing a lug nut during post-race inspection at Richmond.