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

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NASCAR announced Thursday - four days after Logano's win - that the No. 22 vehicle failed post-race inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center following Sunday's race. "We're looking at the silver lining as something that's making us drive to win more and make us a little bit more determined to make it happen, so I think we can make up those points with the right attitude".

"With that being said, it wasn't like it was a big thing, but the rule is written and it's black and white". You have to find that edge and get right to it.

Logano's winning vehicle at Richmond last weekend failed post-race inspection at NASCAR's North Carolina headquarters and the sanctioning body on Thursday all but stripped him of his victory.

NASCAR also suspended Logano crew chief Todd Gordon for two races, fined him $50,000 and charged Logano 25 points for the violation, according to ESPN.

Joey Logano started Sunday's race at Richmond from the rear and worked his way up through the field, using a late gamble to secure his first win of the season.

Team Penske's other crew chief, Paul Wolfe, will miss this weekend's race at Talladega as he serves the second of a three-race suspension this weekend after Team Penske withdrew its request to deter his suspension until its final appeal is heard. Teams have swerved after races to realign their suspensions after a race. We are disappointed by the notice, however, we do not plan to appeal the penalty. If you go a little bit over, we're sitting with what we're talking about today.

Logano and the No. 22 team was fined 25 owner and driver points. Greg Erwin, a crew chief in the organization's Xfinity program, will help call race strategy Sunday.

Gordon, meanwhile, said a part was about 1/32 of an inch off during the post-race inspection. 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.

In another penalty issued Thursday, Denny Hamlin's vehicle, the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing entry, was missing a lug nut during postrace inspection at Richmond.

Logano was adamant that swerving had nothing to do with the penalty process. "To a certain point", Logano said.

NASCAR typically takes the race victor and a random vehicle or two to the R&D center for further tear down after a race.