Joey Logano, Penske penalized following victory at Richmond

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano at Texas Motor Speedway in April

"We understand and accept the penalty that was communicated to us today by NASCAR following last weekend's victory by the No. 22 vehicle at Richmond", Team Penske said in a statement.

Upon further review, Joey Logano's victory on Sunday at Richmond International Raceway was aided by a rules violation, NASCAR announced on Thursday.

A follow-up inspection Tuesday discovered the auto of Joey Logano had an illegal suspension at Sunday's Richmond International Raceway. What that means, in plain terms, is that the Team Penske driver can not use the win toward an automatic playoff spot, and the five playoff points for a victory would not apply to his tally.

In addition to the encumbered win, Logano's crew chief Todd Gordon was fined $50,000 and is suspended for the next two races.

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.

He admits losing the five playoff points could be a factor later in the season. Logano won the race.

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

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Joey Logano says Team Penske is the most professional team in auto racing and simply pushes the limits as far as it can in pursuit of speed.

The team received the penalty for a rear suspension violation. Obviously, from the outside we've lost all the benefits of the win. The crew chief suspension can range from one to three races and the points penalty can range from 10 to 40 points. Matt Kenseth's auto 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.

"The fact of the matter is we're winning right now, and when your auto wins, it gets put through tech a lot". The specific problem was with the truck-trailing arm spacer along with the pinion angle shim.

Logano, acknowledging ignorance when it comes to all the moving parts and pieces of his Ford, added: "The rule is black and white that it must be flush and we apparently had a little bit of a gap".

"We are disappointed by the notice, however, we do not plan to appeal the penalty".

Denny Hamlin, who finished third place in the race at RIR, was also penalized following the post race inspection for having a missing lug nut.

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