Team Penske Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Report
Track: Dover International Speedway
Race: AAA 400 Drive For Autism
Date: May 6, 2018
No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 9th
Stage 2: 10th
Laps Completed: 400/400
Laps Led: 1
Driver Point Standings (behind first): 2nd (-22)
- Joey Logano started 18th in Sunday afternoon’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion. Logano was able to move forward during the opening 20 laps of the first stage, reaching the 11th position before pitting under caution on lap 22. Numerous cars remained on the track, cycling the team back to the 16th position. Logano reported he was battling a four-wheel drift, which transitioned to an overall loose condition.
- Logano was able to conserve enough fuel to make it to the green-checkered flag to end the first stage bringing the Shell-Pennzoil Ford across the line in the ninth position. The team made a wedge adjustment, attempting to correct the loose condition for the second stage.
- With a caution at lap 152, crew chief Todd Gordon elected to pit Logano, making an air pressure and wedge adjustment to the Shell-Pennzoil Ford trying to provide more long-run stability, to go with the enhanced fire-off speed. Logano was able to maintain position inside the top-10 throughout the second stage, finishing in 10th.
- In the final stage, Logano reported that the handling of the Shell-Pennzoil Ford had been improved throughout the course of the race, and at lap 274, the team pitted for two-tires having pitted for four tires on the previous caution. The two-tire call would position Logano fourth, marking the team’s first appearance in the top-five during the 400-lap event.
- Following a lengthy red-flag period for rain, the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil crew elected to pit with the race leaders. Unfortunately, loose lugnuts on the right front meant the team had to make an additional stop, dropping Logano outside the top-15 for the final 75 laps.
- Logano was able to battle back forward to the 13th position, only the second time in 11 races that the No. 22 Ford team has finished outside the top-10.
Quote: “We had a decent car today, it was extremely difficult to pass with the speeds we were running. Todd made a good call at the midpoint of the race for two tires, which gave us track position and at that point, we were in a position at that point to fight for a top-five. Unfortunately, on the last stop, we had a miscue and had to pit a second time and then it was really tough working back from there.”
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