Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

NASCAR penalizes Logano, Penske after win

NASCAR penalizes Logano, Penske after win

It's a bit of a black eye for Team Penske, to be sure, but its impact on Logano is likely to be minimal. The crew chief suspension can range from one to three races and the points penalty can range from 10 to 40 points.

NASCAR announced Thursday morning a problem with Joey Logano's win in Richmond last weekend.

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. According to section 20 of the NASCAR rulebook, "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". For Logano to miss the playoffs, 10 drivers who don't already have victories would have to win a race, which is possible but very, very unlikely - and that's assuming that Logano doesn't snag one of those victories himself.

A follow-up inspection Tuesday discovered the vehicle of Joey Logano had an illegal suspension at Sunday's Richmond International Raceway. "I drive the auto".

Should Logano still reach the postseason, the five playoff points that come with that victory would not count. And as we've said many times, NASCAR reality has a sharp tendency to be more outlandish than fiction. Logano has been penalized 25 points and crew chief Todd Gordon has been fined $50,000.

"We're the most professional organization out here", Logano said. "With the track bar being attached to the left side truck arm, most of all the pieces, at least from what I understand and maybe I'm missing some things, all the skew-related pieces are going to happen on the left side". "We push as hard as we can because we're looking for hundredths of a second".

"That's the way I look at it is we're successful right now and that's why our vehicle has to go through tech, and that's just part of it, but we're gonna have to push as hard as we can to be successful, and sometimes you go over that line". You have to find that edge and get right to it.

Logano teammate Brad Keselowski is embroiled in a lengthy appeal over a March failed inspection. "When you're a little bit over, we're sitting talking about what we are today".

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