Joey Logano, Team Penske penalized as Richmond win is deemed “encumbered”

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Joey Logano’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of 2017 won’t be eligible to confirm the Team Penske driver into the playoffs after the result was deemed an “encumbered” finish by NASCAR.

The sanctioning body announced on Thursday that Logano’s No. 22 Ford was observed with problems within the rear suspension during the weekly inspection process of the race-winning machine at NASCAR’s research and development center in Concord, N.C.

As a result, Logano has been issued an L1-level penalty and stripped of all benefits of the victory. The Middletown, Connecticut native can’t use the win to qualify for the postseason, nor does he gain the five playoff points typically awarded to a race winner. However, Logano is still declared the race’s official winner.

In addition to the lost playoff points, Logano has been docked 25 driver points, with the No. 22 team also losing 25 owner points. Crew chief Todd Gordon has been fined $50,000, and suspended for two Cup series races.

Team Penske race engineer Miles Stanley will serve as Logano’s crew chief in this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.

There will be no appeal of the penalties, per Penske.

Team Penske released the following statement on Thursday afternoon: “We understand and accept the penalty that was communicated to us today by NASCAR following last weekend’s victory by the No. 22 car at Richmond. We are disappointed by the notice, however, we do not plan to appeal the penalty. The No. 22 team remains focused on competing for wins as we work towards the NASCAR Playoffs and a Championship. Race Engineer Miles Stanley will serve as Joey Logano’s crew chief this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, while Greg Erwin will help call race strategy on Sunday.”

Other Penalties

  •   Denny Hamlin’s crew chief Mike Wheeler has been issued a $10,000 fine after one lug nut was found to be improperly secured on Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota.
  • Danny Stockman, Jr., XFINITY Series crew chief for Daniel Hemric, has been issued a $10,000 fine and a one-race suspension after Hemric’s No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was found with two unsecured lug nuts.
  • Two other XFINITY Series crew chiefs were issued $5,000 crew chief fines for one unsecured lug nut each: Matt Swiderski (No. 3 Chevrolet), Mark Setzer (No. 46 Chevrolet).

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