Hit by NASCAR penalty, Logano says team doesn't cheat

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano at Texas Motor Speedway in April

Logano won Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. When asked a second time about swerving, after his teammate Brad Keselowski swerved during the cool down lap at Richmond and NASCAR officials found nothing wrong with the No. 2 Ford in post-race, Logano deferred to Penske management.

Logano was given NASCAR's most severe penalty, as his victory in the Toyota Owners 400 was deemed "encumbered". Race engineer Miles Stanley will be Logano's crew chief at Talladega with Greg Erwin assisting on strategy Sunday.

Logano's crew chief, Todd Gordon, was also fined $50,000 and suspended for the next two Cup series races.

Logano was docked 25 driver points and Penske has lost 25 owner points too.

It's a bit of a black eye for Team Penske, to be sure, but its impact on Logano is likely to be minimal. He won't carry the five playoff points with him through the first three rounds of the playoffs, which could potentially keep him from advancing.

NASCAR typically takes the race victor and a random auto or two to the R&D center for further tear down after a race.


And if NASCAR doesn't speed up its midweek inspection process throughout the course of the 2017 season, the delay in announcing Logano's penalty sets up a more than zero chance that fans could find out days later that the driver who wins the 2017 championship at Homestead did so with an illegal auto.

The team received the penalty for a rear suspension violation. Matt Kenseth's vehicle failed laser inspection after winning at New Hampshire in 2016 and similar to Logano, he was able to keep the win despite the points penalty. "Obviously. we've lost all the benefits of the win".

NASCAR began policing the maneuver and penalizing practice times of teams for attempting to swerve immediately after a race. We've lost our crew chief for a couple of weeks.

NASCAR determined that Logano's truck trailing arm spacer and the pinion angle shim were not flush, which theoretically would enhance Logano's ability to drive through the corner.

"We are disappointed by the notice, however, we do not plan to appeal the penalty".

-Denny Hamlin's auto, the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing entry, was missing a lug nut during post-race inspection at Richmond.

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