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

Posted May 06, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR has penalized Joey Logano four days after his win at Richmond International Raceway, essentially stripping him of all benefits that came with the Monster Cup Series victory.

Logano was given NASCAR's most severe penalty, as his victory in the Toyota Owners 400 was deemed "encumbered".

So while the issue is more or less closed, Logano will keep the win, technically, but he will have to win again to receive an automatic playoff berth.

"Losing Todd is a very big part of our race team", Logano said.

Also, the 25-point penalty dropped Logano from fourth to fifth in the standings.

Team Penske can appeal the penalties, but it isn't yet known if it intends to do so. And if and when he makes the playoffs, he will not be able to use the five bonus points typically awarded. Logano won the race.

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"As a race auto driver am I in tune to of what's going on?"

Joey Logano defended Team Penske as the "most professional" team in auto racing Friday, one day after he was virtually stripped of his win at Richmond. "The No. 22 team remains focused on competing for wins as we work towards the NASCAR playoffs and a championship". "I think we push as hard as we can because we're looking for hundredths of a second - every race team is - the fact of the matter is we're winning right now and when your auto wins, it gets put through tech a lot". Per the NASCAR penalty report the No. 22 did not adhere to Section 20.14.3., Truck Trailing Arm Spacers/Pinion Angle Shims. Crew chief Mike Wheeler was fined $10,000 for the infraction.

NASCAR began policing the maneuver and penalizing practice times of teams for attempting to swerve immediately after a race.

Team Penske's other crew chief, Paul Wolfe, will miss this weekend's race at Talladega as he serves the second of a three-race suspension this weekend after Team Penske withdrew its request to deter his suspension until its final appeal is heard.

"The fact of the matter is we're winning right now, and when your auto wins, it gets put through tech a lot".

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