Hit by NASCAR penalty, Logano says team doesn't cheat

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It also revitalizes the debate about race wins and cars that fail inspection.

The short-term headache is Logano's - he'll have to win again to qualify for the playoffs - but the long-term ordeal belongs to Team Penske, which has now found itself on the wrong side of the rules twice this season.

Logano's No. 22 team on Thursday was issued an L1 penalty by NASCAR for a violation discovered after his victory in the Toyota Owners 400.

Speaking to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (as transcribed by NBC Sports,) Gordon said the organization has opened an investigation to learn how a pinion angle shim wasn't in contact with its mating surface at all times, the technical reason the sanctioning body stripped Logano of his five playoff points, 25 championship points and suspended Gordon for two races.

Brad Keselowski, Logano's teammate, was penalized after his No. 2 vehicle failed postrace inspection following a fifth-place finish March 19 race at Phoenix International Raceway.

And the encumbered win is only part of the price Logano and his No. 22 Team Penske team will pay for a rear-suspension violation discovered during post-race teardown of the race-winning auto after it was taken to the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina.

Series star Dale Earnhardt Jr. called the Penske drivers out on the same issue last month. The 26-year-old driver said the violation is considered minor and didn't make his vehicle any faster. NASCAR has penalized some teams for the practice. 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. Every race team is.

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In other words, the seventh-year Cup Series crew chief accepts the decision but wants to make clear that the team wasn't trying to gain an unfair advantage.

"We understand and accept the penalty that was communicated to us today by NASCAR following last weekend's victory by the No. 22 auto at Richmond". Logano will still be listed as the race victor.

The encumbered finish means Logano can not use the Richmond win to qualify for the playoffs and should he make the playoffs anyway, he would not receive the five playoff bonus points from the Richmond win.

Logano was docked 25 driver points and Penske has lost 25 owner points too.

The exact rule broken dealt with modifying parts that enhanced the driver's ability to move through the corners of the track.

NASCAR also fined Gordon $50,000 and docked Joey Logano 25 points and Team Penske 25 auto owner points after Logano's winning vehicle from Richmond failed inspection at the R&D Center.

"We are disappointed by the notice, however, we do not plan to appeal the penalty". But obviously from the outside, we've lost all the benefits of the win.