Joey Logano thought his win in last Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway put him in the playoffs, setting him up for a run at his first championship.
Logano on Thursday was all but stripped of his victory at Richmond because his vehicle failed a post-race inspection at NASCAR's North Carolina headquarters.
Keselowski's team was penalized for a different rear suspension issue in March at Phoenix, a penalty for which Penske will have a final appeal Tuesday. Because the victory is encumbered, Logano still receives credit for winning; however he can not use the win to earn playoff eligibility nor receive the five bonus playoff points he received. Logano will still be listed as the race victor. Logano was docked 25 driver points and the team was stripped of 25 owner points as well. Team Penske does not plan to appeal the penalty with NASCAR. "The silver lining to it all is I think this team has a great attitude and we're able to obviously race very hard and we race aggressively, whether that's apparently everywhere, but we race aggressive on the race track and off the race track and that's why we're successful and that's why we win races, and we're gonna continue to do that because we've got the right attitude to go out there and push hard". He said the drivers were swerving their cars after the race to try to bring the parts back into compliance before they entered the inspection station.More news: Will your bank accept £5 paper notes after May 5?
Team Penske's No. 22 driven by Joey Logano was found to have a parts issue once the winning auto was torn down for R & D Inspection. "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". "I think 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 auto wins, it gets put through tech a lot".
Logano was penalized 30 minutes of practice time at the start of Richmond weekend for swerving after the previous race at Bristol.
The team violated the rule that states "a pinion angle shim mating surface. must be in complete contact.at all times". The crew chief suspension can range from one to three races and the points penalty can range from 10 to 40 points.More news: Flames, fatality at Venezuela demo over leader's crisis maneuver
"The fact of the matter is we're winning right now, and when your vehicle wins, it gets put through tech a lot".
In another penalty issued Thursday, Denny Hamlin's auto, the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing entry, was missing a lug nut during postrace inspection at Richmond.More news: US VP Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'