Joey Logano's Post-Race Infraction Leads to First Encumbered Win

Joey Logano's Post-Race Infraction Leads to First Encumbered Win

Joey Logano's Post-Race Infraction Leads to First Encumbered Win

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

Thursday NASCAR issued a HUGE L1 Penalty for Sunday's victor of the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Speedway. Race winners automatically advance to the playoffs and each win counts for five points to use in the playoffs.

In addition to the encumbered win, Logano's crew chief Todd Gordon was fined $50,000 and is suspended for the next two races. The loss of 25 driver points only drops him one spot in the standings, from fourth to fifth.

Team Penske has accepted responsibility for the violation and will not appeal. 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.

NASCAR typically takes the race victor and a random auto or two to the R&D center for further tear down after a race.

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Team Penske driver Joey Logano says his No. 22 team "pushed a little too far" and he has accepted NASCAR's L1-level penalty handed down earlier this week. Teams have swerved after races to realign their suspensions after a race.

According to NASCAR, the exact rule that was broken was: "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". But obviously from the outside, we've lost all the benefits of the win.

Logano was penalized 30 minutes of practice time at the start of Richmond weekend for swerving after the previous race at Bristol. We've lost a lot of regular points. Greg Erwin, a crew chief in the organization's Xfinity program, will help call race strategy Sunday. "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". Matt Kenseth's vehicle failed laser inspection after winning at New Hampshire in 2016 and similar to Logano, he was able to keep the win despite the points penalty.

Keselowski finished second to his teammate at Richmond and his vehicle was also taken for a further inspection.

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