Logano's Cup win at Richmond declared an "encumbered finish"
Joey Logano will not be able to use his win last Sunday to qualify for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
The win, Logano’s first of the season, was declared an “encumbered” finish on Thursday by NASCAR following its weekly inspection of the race winner’s car at its research and development center in Concord, N.C.
NASCAR said it discovered problems with the rear suspension of Logano’s No. 22 Ford during the course of the inspection process.
The encumbered finish means Logano cannot use the Richmond win to qualify for the playoffs and should he make the playoffs anyway, he would not receive the five playoff points from the Richmond win.
He still remains the official winner of the race.
Logano’s crew chief, Todd Gordon, was also fined $50,000 and suspended for the next two Cup series races. Logano was docked 25 driver points and the team was stripped of 25 owner points as well.
Team Penske issued this statement following the announcement from NASCAR.
We understand and accept the penalty that was communicated to us today by NASCAR following last weekend’s victory by the No. 22 car at Richmond. We are disappointed by the notice, however, we do not plan to appeal the penalty. The No. 22 team remains focused on competing for wins as we work towards the NASCAR Playoffs and a Championship. 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.
Other penalties announced Thursday:
- Mike Wheeler, crew chief for Cup driver Denny Hamlin, was fined $10,000 for an improperly installed lug nut on Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota.
- Danny Stockman Jr., crew chief for Xfinity driver Daniel Hemric, was fined $10,000 and suspended for one race for improperly installed lug nuts on Hemric’s No. 21 Chevrolet.
- Matt Swiderski, crew chief of Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 Xfinity team, was fined $5,000 for an improperly installed lug nut.
- Mark Setzer, crew chief for the No. 46 Xfinity team, was fined $5,000 for an improperly installed lug nut.
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