No. 22 Snap-on Tools Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 4th
Stage 2: 14th
Laps Completed: 310/310
Laps Led: 2
Owner Points Position (ahead of second): 1st (+81)
- Joey Logano started fourth in Friday night’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway in the No. 22 Snap-on Tools Ford Mustang. Logano jumped to the second position on the initial start, but settled back into the fourth position for the opening run, before overtaking the No. 42 for third at lap 28. Logano reported that the Snap-on Tools Mustang took off free, but slowly improved during the run.
- The team elected to pit on lap 77 to change four tires, make an air pressure adjustment and attempt to correct the loose in and off condition Logano battled through the opening green flag run. Quick pit work sent the Snap-on Tools Mustang off pit road first, but Logano was forced to line up in third position behind two cars that had remained on track. The team finished the quick dash to the green-checkered in the fourth position to end the first stage.
- A caution flag with 10 laps remaining in stage 2 borough the Snap-on Tools Mustang to pit road for four tires and an air pressure adjustment to help the center turn Logano reported he was lacking. The pit sequence would jumble the field for the conclusion of the second stage as numerous teams remained on the track to collect stage points. Unfortunately, on the pit stop, NASCAR determined that the team had an uncontrolled tire violation, resulting in the team being sent to the tail end of the field.
- Logano worked his way back inside the top-10, and with a caution flag at lap 258, was able to pit and close the gap to the race leaders. The team made another air pressure adjustment as the driver reported he was tight in the center of the turns. Logano would restart in the sixth position with 35 laps remaining.
- Logano battled through a late race restart and NASCAR Overtime, bringing the Snap-on Tools Ford Mustang home in the fifth position.
Quote: “Our balance wasn’t awful. We’d get tight in the center and loose off and how do you fix that? Usually, you fix the exit and your center is going to get tighter, so just struggling a little bit with that. I thought we were OK there that last run. We were able to drive up to third and honestly, I thought we could have driven up to second and then the caution came out, and we restarted on the bottom lane. The bottom lane just stinks. You’re down there and you try to do everything you can, and our car didn’t fire off well.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!