No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 4th
Stage 2: 4th
Laps Completed: 200/200
Laps Led: 52
Point Standings (Behind First): 2nd (-20)
- Joey Logano started eighth and finished 17th in the Consumers Energy 400, a disappointing result after leading 52 laps in the second half of the race. Logano finished fourth in both stages, scoring valuable points towards off-setting his late-race stop for a splash for fuel.
- On the initial start, Logano raced from his eighth-place starting position to the fourth in the first two laps, all while running some of the fastest laps on the track with the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. On lap 6, Logano grabbed third while also reporting that his Ford Mustang was a little free in the center of the turn and slightly tight on exit.
- Logano ran third until he made a green flag pit stop on lap 42. He reported that the Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang was tight so on the stop, the team made air pressure and a two-tire pit stop. Logano returned to the track back to the track to finish the first stage. Logano would finish fourth in Stage 1. During the stage caution, crew chief Todd Gordon called for four tires plus air pressure adjustments to alleviate the tight handling condition.
- On the opening run of the second stage, Logano reported the Shell-Pennzoil Ford took off free, but went to the tight side progressively through the run. He started the stage in 11th position and raced into the top-five before slipping back to tenth prior to making his third pit stop of the day at lap 107. On the stop, the team made air pressure adjustments to both the right rear and left front, taking four tires and adding fuel to finish the segment.
- The second caution on lap 117 set up a one-lap dash to finish to the stage on lap 120. Logano took advantage on the restart, climbing up to fourth-place. The team chose not to pit during the stage caution. Logano restarted second while with the rest of the field needing to pit one more time before the conclusion of the race. On the restart, Logano grabbed the lead on the restart on lap 127 and led all but one lap until the sixth and final caution waved on lap 150.
- Logano pitted for two tires and fuel during the final yellow, while others elected to do fuel only, cycling the No. 22 back to the third position, lined up behind his two Team Penske teammates. On the restart, Logano would power to the lead on lap 154 utilizing a major push from the No. 21 of Paul Menard, reclaiming the lead over teammate Ryan Blaney.
- On lap 183, Logano relinquished the lead to the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick, settling into second position, knowing he’d have to come to pit road for a splash of fuel if the race green. Unfortunately, there was no yellow in the closing laps and with three laps remaining, Logano pitted for enough fuel to finish the race. He was credited with a 17th-place finish in the final rundown.
Quote: “I needed more gas. The Shell car isn’t supposed to run out of gas. The positive is we were way better than we were on Friday and Saturday. The negative is that we almost won the race but ended up finishing 17th. You win some you lose some. If the caution came out, we would have been in good shape, but it stayed green, and that is it. That is the gamble. We took the gamble and it didn’t pay off. Pocono we played it the other way at Pocono and the caution came out. That is two races where we played it wrong both times.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!