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

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Joey Logano doesn't have a diminished view of what his team accomplished at Richmond after NASCAR's penalty.

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

The team received the penalty for a rear suspension violation.

Logano teammate Brad Keselowski is embroiled in a lengthy appeal over a March failed inspection.

"In order for the suspension to actually move, parts have to bend", Gordon said.

Although Joey Logano earned his first win of the season - almost overdue with so many top finishes through the first quarter of the 2017 season - the No. 22 car's victory is now a little bittersweet.

Series star Dale Earnhardt Jr. called the Penske drivers out on the same issue last month. "I drive the auto".

On Thursday, NASCAR penalized the No. 22 team.

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"I still look at it as a win", Logano said. "We'll have Miles our race engineer, which is involved with every step of the way every single week with Todd every weekend, so that will be a great fit".

Team Penske said in a statement it wouldn't appeal the decision (Keselowski's punishment from earlier this season remains under appeal). But it is, apparently, offended with - and a little confused by - NASCAR's classification of the fallout, which is called an "encumbered victory" and new to the sport as of a year ago.

The bulky phrase is an attempt to keep Logano's name in the record books while also stripping him of the benefits of victory.

Keselowski is a two-time race victor through nine races this season, while Richmond is Logano's lone victory. If Logano makes the playoffs, he won't receive the bonus points that come with winning at RIR.

Logano was docked 25 driver points and Penske has lost 25 owner points too.

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. The infraction was discovered during teardown at the R&D Center in Concord, N.C.

NASCAR has penalized Joey Logano and Team Penske after Logano won Sunday's Monster Cup Series event at Richmond, resulting in the victory not counting toward an automatic playoff spot. "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".

Keselowski finished second to his teammate at Richmond and his auto was also taken for a further inspection. We've lost our crew chief for a couple of weeks. The most severe was issued to the Richard Childress Racing No. 21 Chevrolet driven by rookie Daniel Hemric.