NASCAR announces problem with Joey Logano's win at RIR

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano at Texas Motor Speedway in April

NASCAR announced Thursday - four days after Logano's win - that the No. 22 auto failed post-race inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center following Sunday's race.

Logano's winning auto at Richmond last weekend failed post-race inspection at NASCAR's North Carolina headquarters and the sanctioning body on Thursday all but stripped him of his victory.

Logano was given NASCAR's most severe penalty, as his victory in the Toyota Owners 400 was deemed "encumbered". And gone are the five bonus points he would have received for a legal win.

He still remains the official victor of the race.

Crew chief Todd Gordon explained the penalty that led to his two-race suspension, saying a part was about 1/32 of an inch off after last weekend's win at Richmond International Raceway. The loss of 25 driver points only drops him one spot in the standings, from fourth to fifth.

Team Penske said in a statement it wouldn't appeal the decision (Keselowski's punishment from earlier this season remains under appeal). Miles Stanley will serve as Logano's crew chief this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, with Greg Erwin helping with race strategy.


Gordon also said: "If you look at our rear suspension. there's not really a whole lot of tomfoolery that goes on to hide something like this".

Team Penske driver Joey Logano says his No. 22 team "pushed a little too far" and he has accepted NASCAR's L1-level penalty handed down earlier this week. "Obviously. we've lost all the benefits of the win".

The violation isn't a new one in the Penske garage, which fields three teams in the Monster Energy Cup series. Crew chief Mike Wheeler was fined $10,000 for the infraction.

The violation was under Section 20 of the NASCAR Rule Book. We've lost a lot of regular points.

Meanwhile, Logano teammate Brad Keselowski is embroiled in a lengthy appeal over a March failed inspection. "Like I said, it wasn't a big deal, but it is black and white and for that reason we'll have to pay a penalty for that".

In another penalty issued Thursday, Denny Hamlin's auto, the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing entry, was missing a lug nut during postrace inspection at Richmond.

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