No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 3rd
Stage 2: 6th
Laps Completed: 191/191
Laps Led: 33
Point Standings (Behind First): 2nd (-23)
- Joey Logano started ninth and raced to the lead early and often in Monday’s 500-Mile race from Talladega Superspeedway. The three-time NASCAR Cup Series winner at Talladega led nine times for 29 laps before fuel strategy caught the team out late, relegating them to a 17th-place finish. Logano flashed speed often with the No. 22 MoneyLion Ford Mustang, pushing his Team Penske teammates to the lead on multiple occasions.
- Logano moved from the ninth starting position to the lead in the opening laps, leading multiple times by using assistance from teammates Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney before the competition caution at lap 25. He continued his charge at the front of the field, running in the third position when rain halted the event just short of completing the first stage. When the event resumed, Logano crossed the line in the third position to finish Stage 1 prior to pitting.
- A caution flag just before green flag pit stops were set to begin in Stage 2 brought Logano to pit road for two tires and an air pressure adjustment on the No. 22 MoneyLion Mustang, which had been loose from the drop of the green flag. Logano finished the second stage in the sixth position.
- Logano remained at the front of the field deep into the final stage, but had to save fuel late and dropped track position before a caution flag setup NASCAR Overtime. The MoneyLion crew elected to pit Logano for four tires and fuel to go on the offense in NASCAR Overtime.
- Logano avoided multiple, final-lap wrecks and brought the No. 22 MoneyLion Ford home in the 17th position after leading 29 laps on the afternoon, second most behind race winning teammate Blaney.
Quote: “We had a really fast MoneyLion Ford Mustang. Spent all day at the front and in the end it just didn’t work out for us with the caution coming out late. Happy for (Ryan) Blaney and that whole 12 team. They’ve been fast all year and good to see them get the win and lock into the playoffs. I spent a lot of years with that group.”
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