No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 2nd
Stage 2: 4th
Laps Completed: 404/404
Laps Led: 2
Playoff Standings (behind first): 4th (-37)
- Joey Logano was a consistent frontrunner all afternoon during Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway, ultimately claiming third-place in a wild NASCAR Overtime finish.
- Qualifying at Dover was rained out on Friday afternoon and the starting lineup was determined by the NASCAR Rulebook, giving Logano the sixth-place starting position. Logano quickly moved into the top-five during Stage 1 despite a tight-handling condition on his No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion.
- Following a pit stop for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment on lap 73, Logano moved up to the second position before the end of the stage on lap 120, scoring nine stage points in the process.
- Quick pit work by the No. 22 crew gave Logano the lead to start Stage 2 on lap 128 but the driver of the Shell-Pennzoil Ford would eventually fall back to the fourth position at the end of the segment on lap 240.
- The final stage saw Logano slip back to ninth position. On lap 337, he ran over a large piece of debris that resulted in a large gash in the right side of the No. 22 Ford’s sheet metal. A caution 12 laps later on lap 340 gave crew chief Todd Gordon the opportunity to bring his driver down pit road for badly needed repairs.
- Logano restarted 11th when the race went green on lap 348 and Logano raced his way into the top five – boosted by a strong restart on lap 396 that saw him vault from eighth to third in just five laps before a final caution flag on lap 398 sent the race into overtime.
- Despite the disadvantage of restarting from the bottom lane, Logano got a solid restart on lap 402. He kept the leaders in his sights over the final laps but couldn’t find a way past, crossing the finish line in the third position.
Quote: “Just a crazy finish. It seemed like a pretty controlled race for most of us. Everyone was clicking off a lot of laps. We were able to score some good stage points, a second and a fourth in the two stages, so I was proud of that. That helps us a lot in our situation going into Talladega. Talladega will look fairly similar. It will be definitely a grudge match to the finish either way, whether there’s a caution or not. That’s going to be quite the battle. We’ve got to go there and have a solid day with the Shell-Pennzoil Ford, and then we’ll be looking pretty good for Kansas.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!