NASCAR penalizes Joey Logano, Penske after Monster Cup victory

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Other penalties issued Thursday include: • The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has an unsecured lug nut in a post-race check Sunday at Richmond International Raceway.

According to ESPN.com's Bob Pockrass, Logano's vehicle had an illegal suspension.

Crew chief Todd Gordon was suspended two races and fined $50,000, while 25 driver and owner points were docked.

It also means that the win is considered encumbered, a term that NASCAR has had in place since last season but never used until now. The win doesn't count for qualification into the playoffs and Logano can't use the five bonus points for the playoffs that he earned for the win. We've lost the playoff points. There was no immediate announcement from Team Penske on if the team would appeal the penalty.

"We take penalties with a lot of seriousness and try to identify how that happened and where procedurally we missed and understanding the bounds of what has to happen to make sure we don't have issues like this, " Gordon said.

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"The penalty is pretty severe, " Logano said at Talladega Superspeedway.

Logano has won multiple races every years since 2014, so it's more than likely that Logano will soon find himself in victory lane again with a playoff-clinching win. There are still 17 races left before the playoffs and only six drivers are now locked in because of race wins. No. 21 crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. has been handed a one-race suspension for the infraction and a $10,000 fine.

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

"Personally, I still look at it as a win". "We'll pay the penalty and move on".

Brad Keselowski, Logano's teammate, was penalized after his No. 2 auto failed postrace inspection following a fifth-place finish March 19 race at Phoenix International Raceway. "Anytime you come to these superspeedways and you haven't done it in a while, it takes a lap or two to kind of get used to the lingo again with your spotter and what is going on and getting used to that four-wide draft you see here at Talladega", Logano explained.

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