No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 11th
Stage 2: 20th
Laps Completed: 325/325
Laps Led: 10
Point Standings (Behind First): 2nd (-48)
Joey Logano started third on Sunday and ran inside the top-10 before the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Mustang suffered damage to its right rear on a pit stop sequence. The impact dropped Logano to the 28th position where he battled back for the remainder of the event. Solid repairs and adjustments throughout the 500-mile race allowed Logano to salvage a top-10 finish on the day.
In the opening run of the race, Logano reported the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang was handling just a little free all the way around the 1.5-mile speedway, with the issue becoming most evident in Turns 3 and 4. Logano spent the remainder of the first stage fighting the free-handling condition, as he reported the team got him three-quarters of the adjustment he needed during the lap 66 green-flag stop. A late caution in the first stage set the teams up for a return to pit road. Logano exited pit lane in the fourth position, but he got shuffled back to 11th at the end of the stage.
On the stop near the conclusion of Stage 1, Logano’s car sustained damage and he had to return to pit road to make right side repairs prior to the restart as he fell to the 28th position. Logano and the team were able to rebound inside the top-20 several times through the second stage, as the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang ultimately finished 20th at the end of Stage 2.
Logano continued to battle back, working inside the top-15 and up to the 12th position with 20 laps remaining in the event, turning some of the fastest laps on track in the final stage. Logano continued to run strong to the end as he advanced the Shell-Pennzoil Ford into the 10th position at the checkered flag.
Quote: “We got shuffled at the end of the first stage on a bad restart on the outside lane, that put us in a bad position on pit road and took some damage. We really had to battle back on our track position, we had a really good long-run Shell-Pennzoil Ford. I know 500 miles is a long race but would have been nice to have an extra hundred there at the end with the speed we had.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!