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

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano at Talladega Superspeedway in 2015

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano at Talladega Superspeedway in 2015

Logano can not use the Richmond win as consideration for an automatic playoff spot.

Logano's crew chief, Todd Gordon, was also fined $50,000 and suspended for the next two Cup series races. "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 vehicle wins, it gets put through tech a lot". Paul Wolfe, the crew chief for Logano's teammate Brad Keselowski, is serving the second race of a three-race suspension given for a Phoenix violation.

And the encumbered win is only part of the price Logano and his No. 22 Team Penske team will pay for a rear-suspension violation discovered during post-race teardown of the race-winning vehicle after it was taken to the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina. Penske is the only organization to have multiple drivers win on the year.

"Like I said, I drive the auto", Logano said.

On Thursday, NASCAR penalized the No. 22 team. Every race team is. Team Penske does not plan to appeal the penalty with NASCAR.

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Joey Logano started Sunday's race at Richmond from the rear and worked his way up through the field, using a late gamble to secure his first win of the season. Logano's win won't count toward playoff eligibility and he also won't receive the five playoff points with a win. In addition, there is a loss of 25 driver points and 25 owners points. According to the penalty grid NASCAR issued, the No. 22 team did not adhere to the following: the truck trailing arm spacer/pinion angle shim mating surfaces must be planar and must be in complete contact with corresponding mating surfaces at all points and at all times.

Modifying the part enhances a driver's ability to move through the corners of the track.

NASCAR officials discovered a rear suspension violation during teardown at the R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina.

Joey Logano celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Sunday, April 30, 2017. "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". Obviously, from the outside we've lost all the benefits of the win.

-Denny Hamlin's vehicle, the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing entry, was missing a lug nut during post-race inspection at Richmond. Crew chief Mike Wheeler was fined $10,000 for the infraction.

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