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

Joey Logano will not be able to use his victory last Sunday at Richmond to qualify for the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs after failing post-race technical checks.

The win, Logano’s first of the season, was declared an “encumbered” finish on Thursday by NASCAR following its weekly inspection of the race winner’s car at its R&D facility.

NASCAR said it discovered problems with the rear suspension of Logano’s No. 22 Ford during the course of the inspection process.

The encumbered finish means Logano cannot use the Richmond win to qualify for the playoffs and should he make the playoffs anyway, he would not receive the five playoff bonus points from the Richmond win.

He still remains the official winner of the race.

Logano’s crew chief, Todd Gordon, was also fined $50,000 and suspended for the next two Cup series races. Logano was docked 25 driver points and the team was stripped of 25 owner points as well.

There was no immediate word from Team Penske on whether it would appeal the penalty or who would replace Gordon this week at Talladega.

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