Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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

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

NASCAR penalized Logano and his team for a suspension issue discovered at the R&D Center after Logano won last weekend at Richmond International Raceway. But after NASCAR took the No. 22 Penske Ford back to its Research and Development Center in North Carolina for a thorough technical inspection as it does to every winning vehicle, officials found the rear suspension didn't conform to its rules.

It was found in Charlotte Tuesday when NASCAR gives winning cars a follow-up inspection at its headquarters. NASCAR stated Logano's win would not count toward playoff eligibility and he would not receive the five playoff points. The official race record will still list Logano as the victor. Crew chief (Danny Stockman Jr.) has been fined $10,000 and suspended for the next NASCAR XFINITY Series points race. The loss of 25 driver points only drops him one spot in the standings, from fourth to fifth.

Penske still has the option to appeal the penalty. The penalty is severe. "We'll pay the penalty and move on". Two other teams were dealt $5,000 crew chief fines for one unsecured lug nut each: the No. 3 driven by Ty Dillon (crew chief: Matt Swiderski) and the No. 46 driven by Quin Houff (crew chief: Mark Setzer). "I think we understand the direction that we need to go, and we'll make sure we're not putting ourselves in that situation anymore". What that means is Logano can not use the Richmond win as consideration for an automatic playoff spot. We've lost the playoff points. Both teams work out of the same garage in Charlotte, N.C., but only Logano's auto was penalized for infractions after Sunday's race. This time it was Joey Logano winning his first points race of the season ahead of teammate Brad Keselowski, who has two wins already in 2017.

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"We've got the right attitude to go out there and push hard and we'll get through this little tough time without our crew chief", Logano said.

"Apparently, every now and again you may, but you have to find that edge and get right to it, and it's a fine line". "That makes it a lot of fun for us so I'm ready to get out there and have some fun today".

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