Penske's No. 22 Nationwide team penalized
October 01, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
NASCAR handed down penalties Tuesday to Penske Racing’s No. 22 team in the Nationwide Series after Joey Logano’s race-winning Ford failed a post-race inspection last weekend at Dover International Speedway.
NASCAR docked the No. 22 team six points in the team owner standings, narrowing its lead to 28 points over the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing team in the season-long championship fight. Additionally, crew chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $10,000.
In response to the penalties, Penske Racing issued the following statement on Tuesday:
“The Penske Racing No. 22 Ford Mustang had a spring retaining screw back out during Saturday’s Nationwide Series Race which resulted in the car’s front end being too low by 1/16 of an inch when presented for post-race inspection. The problem is being addressed internally to prevent it from happening again and the team is not planning to appeal the penalty.”
Logano dominated last Saturday’s 5-hour Energy 200, leading 106 of 200 laps for his fourth straight Nationwide win at the mile-long track, but his car failed to meet the minimum height requirement in the front end on both sides after a post-race inspection.
The victory was Logano's third of the season and 21st of his career in the Nationwide Series. As a championship-eligible regular in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he does not earn points for his Nationwide performance and therefore was not penalized.
The No. 22 Penske Racing team has won 11 times in 28 races this season, with victories spread among four drivers. Brad Keselowski has five Nationwide wins with the team this year, AJ Allmendinger has two and Ryan Blaney has one.