No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 16th
Stage 2: 21st
Laps Completed: 139/140
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (Behind First): 6th (-81)
Joey Logano started 36th after a blown left-front tire destroyed the team’s primary car at the end of Saturday’s event. Logano moved forward early in the event and with pit strategy and ran inside the top-10 despite battling a tight-handling Shell-Pennzoil Mustang. He was zapped by a late-race pit road penalty, relegating him to a 24th-place finish.
Logano charged to the 23rd position in the opening three laps before rain halted the event. His early feedback to the team was that he was on the splitter with the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang. When racing resumed, Logano pitted for two tires and fuel, setting the team up to go longer into the second stage without pitting and temporarily gaining track position.
Another caution flag in the early laps of Stage 2 would move Logano up to the third position as other leaders elected to pit. When Logano pitted on lap 66, the team made wholesale changes, including pulling packer, raising the trackbar and adding tape to the nose to combat the tight condition being described by the driver.
Logano continued to battle through the final stage before pitting on lap 99. Unfortunately, Logano was assessed a penalty for driving through too many pit boxes on pit entry, resulting in a pass thru penalty, dropping him off the lead lap.
The driver of the Shell-Pennzoil Ford soldiered on and came home in the 24th position. He will move on to the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week, where he scored a second-place finish in 2019. The driver of the Shell-Pennzoil Ford has two second-place at the historic speedway. The last time competitors in the NASCAR Cup Series started a race at Indianapolis with zero practice, crew chief Paul Wolfe led teammate Brad Keselowski to victory.
Quote: “It was a tough pair of races for us this weekend. We had decent speed Saturday, but had the tire go down late and that forced us to a backup car today and we had to fight from the back. Overall, we were just too tight early, and then had the pit road penalty near the end of the race. We’ll regroup and go to Indy and try to finish one spot better than I did there last year.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!