No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 3rd
Stage 2: 4th
Laps Completed: 267/267
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (Behind First): 5th (-111)
Joey Logano started second and finished 15th in Sunday afternoon’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. Logano ran inside the top-five, finishing third and fourth in the opening two stages, respectively. The Shell-Pennzoil team fell victim to an ill-timed caution during a green flag pit cycle, forcing the team to take the wave around late in the race.
After starting second, Logano remained in the top-three for the majority of the opening stage, reporting the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang was a little free on entry to Turn 3 while being a little tight and on the splitter in Turn 1. The team made an air pressure change at the competition caution at lap 25. Logano finished the stage in the third position.
Through the second stage, Logano continued to lack a little entry security, particularly in Turn 3, but managed to remain in the top-three while reporting he was also on the splitter in Turn 1. Logano reached the second position, trailing teammate Ryan Blaney with 15 laps remaining in the second stage, knowing he’d have to make a pit stop prior to the stage end. Logano finished the stage in the fourth position after restarting third on a one-lap dash to the end of the stage.
Unfortunately, Logano lined up in the treacherous third starting position to begin the final stage, dropping him to the 10th position before he was able to get back into line. He worked his way back up to the eighth position by lap 175 but found himself battling a looser Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang.
Logano returned to the top-10 late in the race but got shuffled back on a restart in the closing laps, ultimately brining the car home in the 15th position, a disappointing result after running inside the top-five for the opening two stages.
Quote: “We had a good first and second stage today, scored decent stage points. Overall, the balance wasn’t bad on our Shell-Pennzoil Ford. Unfortunately, we got trapped a lap down, had to wave around, then just getting back through traffic was pretty tough.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!