No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 4th
Stage 2: 2nd
Stage 3: 1st
Laps Completed: 88/88
Laps Led: 19
Point Standings (Ahead of Second): 1st (+9)
· Joey Logano started Saturday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race from the 10th position in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. After some initial jockeying for position, Logano settled in to the ninth place, dealing with a tight condition in his Ford Mustang. A caution flag at lap 25 would bring the leaders to pit road, with the 22 team electing to take four tires and make an air pressure adjustment.
· Logano would restart in the seventh position, but quickly raced forward to fourth in the two-lap dash for the end of Stage 1. In the opening laps of the second stage, Logano settled into the second position, chasing race leader Kevin Harvick. Logano maintained the second position to the end of the second stage, reporting he was still too tight with the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford.
· Logano restarted in second but quickly grabbed the lead on the second lap of the third stage. Logano would lead the remainder of the stage, winning the third stage. On the caution, the field went on a split strategy, with Logano staying out and others pitting for two tires and four tires. Logano would restart with the lead with the first car on four tires being eighth.
· On the final stage restart, Logano would get shuffled back to the third position, but a caution flag at lap 74, would line the field up to give Logano another chance at re-claiming the lead. Another caution at lap 76 would prompt the Shell-Pennzoil Ford making a trip to pit road for the team’s last set of sticker tires.
· Logano would restart 16th and race forward, reaching the fourth position before the checkered flag.
Quote: “We just needed a caution when we got to fourth with about five laps to go. We had the tire advantage at that point and we’d have been in a great spot to contend for the win. The guys did a really good job on pit road and preparing a car for the unknown conditions with the aero changes. We’ll come back here next week and try to win the Coca-Cola 600, it’s a bucket list race for me being a Coke driver.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!