Thursday, 18 January, 2018

What exactly is an 'encumbered' race win?

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Warren Dawson | 06 May, 2017, 02:57

It also revitalizes the debate about race wins and cars that fail inspection.

Logano, who was already popped for swerving at Bristol Motor Speedway two races ago, and served a 30-minute practice hold at Richmond was adamant that the penalty had nothing to do with swerving to reset the rear suspension of the auto.

The encumbered finish means Logano can not 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.

It was Logano's only victory of the season, so he will lose his playoff spot as a result, and must re-earn it by winning a race at another track this season.

Gordon has been fined $50,000 and suspended for two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

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

The No. 22 team can appeal.

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Grosjean and Palmer's respective races lasted just two corners, with the former trying a pass at Turn 2 down the inside. At the chequered flag, the German narrowed the time down to six tenths of a second making for a spectacular finish.

He admits losing the five playoff points could be a factor later in the season.

Video from Sunday's race in Richmond shows Keselowski swerving immediately after the race, although Logano doesn't.

Gordon also said: "If you look at our rear suspension. there's not really a whole lot of tomfoolery that goes on to hide something like this".

Joey Logano defended Team Penske as the "most professional" team in auto racing Friday, one day after he was virtually stripped of his win at Richmond. "Obviously. we've lost all the benefits of the win". "I think we push as hard as we can because we're looking for hundredths of a second - every race team is - the fact of the matter is we're winning right now and when your auto wins, it gets put through tech a lot".

NASCAR began policing the maneuver and penalizing practice times of teams for attempting to swerve immediately after a race. We've lost a lot of regular points. While NASCAR is reluctant to ever pull a victory from a driver, the rule prevents teams from making the postseason automatically if a gross violation is found. We've lost our crew chief for a couple of weeks.

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

Keselowski finished second to his teammate at Richmond and his auto was also taken for a further inspection.

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