Joey Logano's Richmond win won't count towards NASCAR playoffs after penalty

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    Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports  Reuters

Team Penske said it was disappointed by the decision, but no appeal was planned. Crew chief Mike Wheeler was fined $10,000 for the infraction.

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

However, despite the penalty, Logano is still the official victor of the Richmond race.

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

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"The Truck trailing arm spacer/pinion angle shim mating surfaces must be planar", the rule reads, "and must be in complete contact with corresponding mating surfaces at all points and at all times". Logano won the race.

A follow-up inspection Tuesday discovered the vehicle of Joey Logano had an illegal suspension at Sunday's Richmond International Raceway.

"As a race auto driver am I in tune to of what's going on?" "We're looking at the silver lining as something that's making us drive to win more and make us a little bit more determined to make it happen, so I think we can make up those points with the right attitude".

And should Logano still make the postseason, the five playoff points that normally would come with a victory would not apply for his Richmond triumph - even though the official race record will still list Logano as the race victor. Additional penalties are a $50,000 fine and two-race suspension for crew chief Todd Gordon, and the loss of 25 driver points and 25 owner points.

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"From what I've been told, we just had a small gap underneath the truck arm to the housing". 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.

"We're gonna have to push as hard as we can to be successful, and sometimes you go over that line", Logano said. You have to find that edge and get right to it. If you go a little bit over, we're sitting with what we're talking about today.

Logano said he had no idea why his vehicle failed tech while teammate Brad Keselowski's auto passed. Every race team is.

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