No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 11th
Stage 2: 6th
Laps Completed: 200/200
Laps Led: 1
Driver Point Standings (behind first): 6th (-263)
- Joey Logano qualified eighth for the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway, but was forced to start from the rear of the field after the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion team changed the left front shock during the opening pace lap.
- With the caution flag displayed for the second time on lap 17, crew chief Todd Gordon elected to pit for four tires. Teams were unable to add fuel prior to the lap 25 competition caution so during the competition caution, the team made a fuel-only stop, which moved Logano up to 15th position.
- Throughout the closing laps of the first stage, Logano reported that the Shell-Pennzoil Ford was pretty good all the way around, just slightly free entering and exiting the turns. Gordon made the call for an air pressure adjustment on the third stop of the afternoon at the conclusion of Stage 1. The team elected to pit for fuel only on lap 76 during the fourth caution of the event.
- Throughout the second stage, Logano stayed within the top-10, running as high as sixth before the caution at lap 122. Logano reported that the previous air pressure adjustments had allowed the Shell-Pennzoil Ford to maintain the positive handling conditions deeper into the run. With the driver feedback, Gordon called for an additional air pressure adjustment on the left -front of the car.
- Logano was forced to pit during the sixth and final caution during Stage 3 after making contact with Kyle Larson. The Shell-Pennzoil team made repairs to the right-front of the No. 22 Ford and in addition to a four-tire stop. With the repairs and the tires, Logano was able to drive forward from the 16th position, reaching the top-10 before many of the leaders started to pit during a cycle of green flag stops.
- Logano continued moving forward, briefly moving into the lead before making his final stop for two-tires and fuel. He returned to the track and brought home the Shell-Pennzoil Ford home in the 10th position.
Quote: “It is frustrating. I felt like we finished 10th with a fifth-place car today. I couldn’t restart very well and I lost spots on every restart. I am proud of the Shell-Pennzoil team. Everyone did a good job. I just wasn’t able to get anything going on the restarts and that made life really difficult today.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!