NASCAR penalizes Joey Logano, Penske after Monster Cup victory

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The team declined to appeal the penalty and Gordon will miss this week's race at Talladega and next week's race at Kansas. We've lost our crew chief for a couple of weeks.

The win, Logano's first of the season, was declared an "encumbered" finish on Thursday by NASCAR following its weekly inspection of the race winner's auto at its R&D facility.

Logano has won multiple races every years since 2014, so it's more than likely that Logano will soon find himself in victory lane again with a playoff-clinching win. NASCAR has penalized some teams for the practice.

Since the 1/32 inch gap was between the pinion shim and the truck arm surface on the right truck arm, both driver and crew chief says this wasn't even an issue related to swerving.

Video from Sunday's race in Richmond shows Keselowski swerving immediately after the race, although Logano doesn't.

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

"Like I said, I drive the vehicle", Logano said. NASCAR stated Logano's win would not count toward playoff eligibility and he would not receive the five playoff points. And as we've said many times, NASCAR reality has a sharp tendency to be more outlandish than fiction. The penalty also comes with a $50,000 fine and two-race suspension for crew chief Todd Gordon, and the loss of 25 driver points and 25 owner points, NASCAR announced.

Meanwhile, Logano teammate Brad Keselowski is embroiled in a lengthy appeal over a March failed inspection.

"The fact of the matter is we're winning right now, and when your auto wins, it gets put through tech a lot. 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". 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. "We're going to have to push as hard as we can to be successful, and sometimes you go over that line". 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. "When you're a little bit over, we're sitting talking about what we are today".

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