Team Penske won’t appeal Joey Logano’s penalty after winning at Richmond

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While waiting for an appeal to be concluded, Team Penske has elected to decline starting another.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Penske said it won’t challenge NASCAR’s big penalty to Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Ford team after the victory at Richmond International Raceway.

The punishment will leave Logano without crew chief Todd Gordon for two races, starting Sunday Talladega Superspeedway.

The statement:

We understand and accept the penalty that was communicated to us today by NASCAR following last weekend’s victory by the No. 22 car at Richmond. We are disappointed by the notice, however, we do not plan to appeal the penalty. The No. 22 team remains focused on competing for wins as we work towards the NASCAR Playoffs and a Championship. Race Engineer Miles Stanley will serve as Joey Logano‘s crew chief this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, while Greg Erwin will help call race strategy on Sunday.

Teammate Brad Keselowski also is without crew chief Paul Wolfe at Talladega because of a penalty to his No. 2 Fusion from the March 19 race at Phoenix International Raceway.

The final appeal for that penalty won’t be heard until next week, but the team elected to have Wolfe sit for Talladega in case his three-race suspension remains intact.