Logano believes Penske "the most professional organization out here"

Erica Roy
May 6, 2017

Logano's winning vehicle at Richmond last weekend failed post-race inspection at NASCAR's North Carolina headquarters and the sanctioning body on Thursday all but stripped him of his victory.

Thursday, NASCAR ruled Logano's win in the Toyota Owners 400 has been encumbered, meaning it will not count toward the playoffs.

His Sunday victory has been declared "encumbered", meaning Logano is still considered the victor of the spring race at RIR but his victory will not count in the standings.

NASCAR also took away 25 driver points and 25 owner points as a result of the infraction.

"As part of the new 2017 points system, drivers earn one playoff point for a stage win and five playoff points for a race win, plus the top 10 in the final regular-season standings earn playoff points on a 15-10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale". There are still 17 races left before the playoffs and only six drivers are now locked in because of race wins.

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 vehicle after it was taken to the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina.

NASCAR cited that the violation came under Section 20 of the NASCAR Rule Book. The No. 22 team remains focused on competing for wins as we work towards the NASCAR Playoffs and a Championship. Miles Stanley will serve as Logano's crew chief this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, with Greg Erwin helping with race strategy.

NASCAR began policing the maneuver and penalizing practice times of teams for attempting to swerve immediately after a race.

"The fact of the matter is we're winning right now, and when your vehicle wins, it gets put through tech a lot".

NASCAR determined that Logano's truck trailing arm spacer and the pinion angle shim were not flush, which theoretically would enhance Logano's ability to drive through the corner. "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". Crew chief Todd Gordon was suspended two races.

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

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