Track: Chicagoland Speedway
Race: Camping World 300
Date: June 29, 2019
No. 12 Snap-on Tools Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Start: 1st – 36th career NXS pole
Stage 1: 5th
Stage 2: 1st
Laps Completed: 200/200
Laps Led: 20
Point Standings: N/A
· Joey Logano qualified on the pole for Saturday’s Gander Outdoors 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, his 36th career NASCAR XFINITY Series pole position. Logano drove the No. 12 Snap-on Tools Ford Mustang to a runner up position after leading the race multiple times and consistently running inside the top-five.
· After starting from the pole, Logano led the opening two circuits before settling into the second position, reporting the Snap-on Tools Mustang was a two plus on the tight side. At lap 9, Logano had to drop behind third place Justin Allgaier to clear a windshield tear off from the grill as temperatures had begun to rise. Logano quickly regained the position before a caution flag at lap 11. Under caution, he reported the car was really good on the bottom of the corners after starting really tight.
· After finishing the first stage in the fifth position, Logano came to pit road for air pressure, tape on the grill and a trackbar adjustment, looking to free up the Snap-on Tools Mustang, which he reported at the end of the stage was too tight on and off the wall to maintain pace with the leader. Logano’s cup pit crew gained the driver one position leaving pit road, lining the team up in the fourth position for the restart to begin the second stage.
· A caution flag at lap 78 set the field up for a split strategy, with Logano and eight other competitors remaining on track, with others pitting for fresh tires, the strategy would put Logano on the defensive to close the second stage, but insure the team a set of tires for late in the race.
· To open the final stage, Logano would restart from the sixth position after five competitors remained on the track following their previous pit stops. On the opening lap, Logano moved from sixth to third and then into the second position, setting his sights on race leader Cole Custer.
· Logano settled into the third position as the third stage continued on, surviving one brief scrap with the outside wall, reporting the Snap-on Tools Mustang was consistently on the free side, better than where the team had started the race being too tight to pass. At lap 153, Logano pitted from the third position for four tires and fuel, reporting that dirty air would make passing difficult late in the race.
· A lap 171 caution would set Logano up for a return to pit road. Under caution, he reported the Snap-on Tools Mustang had taken another swing to the free side, prompting the team to make an air pressure adjustment for the upcoming stop. The caution also had Logano pinned in the seventh position as other leaders had stretched the pit window as far as possible.
· With 21 laps remaining, Logano would restart in the fourth position, quickly claiming the second spot and begin trying to run down race leader Cole Custer. Unfortunately, the laps ran out and Logano was forced to settle for the runner up position.
Quote: “We just weren’t quite good enough. Cole and that whole Stewart-Haas team just beat us. They were faster in every department. We just weren’t quite good enough overall. After practice I was able to look at Cole’s times and it was obvious that he was the fastest car. You just had to hope that we made some good adjustments to keep up. We did. We got closer but Cole did a great job running up near the wall like he did. That was impressive. He is a good up and coming talent and he proved that to me today at least. When you are following him you can see that stuff. We were just too far off in practice when we unloaded and we had to swing at this thing with big changes. It is hard with only a couple of 50-minute practices to get where you need to when other teams are fine tuning. We need to get a little closer to fire off in practice and maybe we could have tuned the car to get all the potential out of it. Overall, I am proud of this race team. We had good pit stops and all that which is good for tomorrow. We will try to win one tomorrow. It is really cool to get a Ford in victory lane today, we hope to do the same thing tomorrow.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!