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

Posted May 06, 2017

Logano and his No. 22 team were penalized 25 points after his auto failed post-race inspection following Sunday's win at Richmond. We've lost a lot of regular points. It wasn't a big thing, but the rule is written black-and-white.

"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".

The violation was under Section 20 of the NASCAR Rule Book. 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.

NASCAR also suspended Logano crew chief Todd Gordon for two races, fined him $50,000 and charged Logano 25 points for the violation, according to ESPN.

It was Logano's only victory of the season, so he will lose his playoff spot as a result, and must re-earn it by winning a race at another track this season. Engineer Miles Stanley will direct the team this weekend while Penske's Xfinity crew chief Greg Erwin, a former Cup crew chief, will make the pit and adjustment calls during the race Sunday.

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And should Logano still make the postseason, the five playoff points that normally would come with a victory would not apply for his Richmond triumph - even though the official race record will still list Logano as the race victor. If you go a little bit over, we're sitting with what we're talking about today. Team Penske has yet to announce its decision for an appeal.

Gordon, meanwhile, said a part was about 1/32 of an inch off during the post-race inspection.

Other penalties from Richmond include Denny Hamlin's crew chief, Mike Wheeler, being fined $10,000 for one lug nut being improperly secured. His Ford passed, and many wondered if the difference in the two Penske entries was that Keselowski was clearly swerving on his cooldown lap - perhaps an attempt to knock a part back into place.

With the penalty, Logano drops from fourth to fifth in the standings.

NASCAR typically takes the race victor and a random auto or two to the R&D center for further tear down after a race. That's what Logano says hurt the most.