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

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

"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", the team said in a statement.

Gordon's suspension means that Sunday's race at Talladega will be a race with interim crew chiefs for both Team Penske cars.

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.

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NASCAR still can't bring itself to outright disqualify teams that fail post-race inspections, but the current policy is pretty dang stiff.Joey Logano won the Toyota Owners 400 on Sunday. Penske is the only organization to have multiple drivers win on the year.

NASCAR typically takes the race victor and a random vehicle or two to the R&D center for further tear down after a race. The No. 22 team failed to do so and was penalized accordingly. Kyle Busch's Xfinity Series team was tagged with an encumbered finish in his race win at Atlanta earlier this season.

Team Penske said it was disappointed by the decision, but no appeal was planned. Race engineer Miles Stanley will be Logano's crew chief at Talladega with Greg Erwin assisting on strategy Sunday. Race winners automatically advance to the playoffs and each win counts for five points to use in the playoffs. Logano lost 25 points and the team was docked 25 auto owner points. While NASCAR is reluctant to ever pull a victory from a driver, the rule prevents teams from making the postseason automatically if a gross violation is found.

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Modifying the part enhances a driver's ability to move through the corners of the track.

The infraction was discovered during the car's tear down at NASCAR's R&D Center in Concord, N.C.

NASCAR announced Thursday - four days after Logano's win - that the No. 22 auto failed post-race inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center following Sunday's race. "Obviously. we've lost all the benefits of the win". The suspension comes at a time when Team Penske's other MENCS crew chief Paul Wolfe is serving a suspension as well. The most severe was issued to the Richard Childress Racing No. 21 Chevrolet driven by rookie Daniel Hemric.

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