Joey Logano, Penske penalized following win
NASCAR has penalized Joey Logano four days after his win at Richmond International Raceway, essentially stripping him of all benefits that came with the Monster Cup Series victory.
The sanctioning body issued Logano and Team Penske an L1 penalty on Thursday for a rear suspension violation. The infraction was discovered during teardown at the R&D Center in Concord, N.C.
The No. 22 team also was fined $50,000 and docked 25 driver points and 25 owner points. Crew chief Todd Gordon was suspended two races. Other penalties issued Thursday: Denny Hamlin’s car, the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing entry, was missing a lug nut during post-race inspection at Richmond. Crew chief Mike Wheeler was fined $10,000 for the infraction.
Three teams in the NASCAR Xfinity Series also drew penalties for lug-nut infractions. The most severe was issued to the Richard Childress Racing No. 21 Chevrolet driven by rookie Daniel Hemric. The car was found with two unsecured lug nuts, resulting in a $10,000 fine and a one-race suspension for crew chief Danny Stockman Jr.