No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 10th
Stage 2: 24th
Laps Completed: 270/271
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (Ahead of Second): 1st (+9)
· Joey Logano started Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 from the 30th position in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang after an issue during pre-race technical inspection. By lap 10, Logano had cracked the top-15, passing 15 cars. At lap 12, he reported the Shell-Pennzoil Ford was slightly loose on corner entry. The loose condition continued to build so during the competition caution on lap 30, crew chief Todd Gordon made a chassis adjustment in the left rear, hoping to provide the missing stability.
· Logano restarted in the 20th position on lap 36, but quickly rallied up to 12th position only 10 laps after the green flag fell. During the run, Logano reported he was just as free as he was in the first run. A caution on lap 60 gave the team the opportunity to pit for four tires and a major air pressure adjustment to work on the handling conditions. Logano restarted 17th after several lead lap cars remained on the track. He moved up to 10th position but reported he was still too loose to run competitive lap times and gain positions.
· At the stage break, the team made a four tire stop with a major track bar adjustment after Logano reported the loose condition had gotten worse during the last run. Unfortunately, the team had to return to pit road to repair damage sustained after contact with Erik Jones. The team would lose a lap during the long green flag run to the end of Stage 2 and would be credited with a 24th place. The team elected to make an additional air pressure adjustment on the stage ending stop.
· Logano would settle into the lucky dog position and actually passed other lead lap cars. An unscheduled pit stop for the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick knocked Logano from the lucky dog spot on lap 181.
· On a restart on lap 228, Logano found himself in the 15th position, one lap down and racing Kevin Harvick for the free pass back to the lead lap. The caution on lap 239 gave Harvick his lap back. Try as he might, Logano couldn’t make up the lost distance. He was credited with a 15th-place place finish.
· Logano’s finish netted enough points for the No. 22 team to move into the series points lead as NASCAR hits the two-week home-stand at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Quote: “We started deep in the field today, made our way forward, but we the Shell-Pennzoil Ford was just too loose most of the day. We were able to make some solid changes in the second and third stages and get the it tightened up a bit, but at that point we were trapped a lap down and there wasn’t much we could do from there. We’re headed home to Charlotte for two weeks with the points lead and that’s big for our team.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!