No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 20th
Stage 2: 2nd
Laps Completed: 334/334
Laps Led: 22
Point Standings (Behind First): 4th (-114)
Joey Logano started ninth and finished third in Sunday afternoon’s 500-mile event at Texas Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang struggled early with the car on the splitter, but positive adjustments throughout the race put the driver in a position to contend in the closing stages of the race, ultimately finishing third.
Through the opening stage, Logano struggled with the splitter hitting the track aggressively through turns 3 and 4, resulting in lost lap time having to lift off the throttle. The team adjusted on the first stop with wedge and on a green flag stop at lap 92, the team elected to add packer to the right front, raising the nose of the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang. Logano finished the stage in the 20th position.
Logano and the Shell-Pennzoil team elected to remain on the track at the end of the first stage, moving to the sixth position with Logano jumping to fourth at lap 114. Logano continued his forward march, reaching the second position, pursuing teammate Ryan Blaney. The team continued improving the car with Logano reaching the second position to finish Stage 2.
In the third stage, Logano continued to run inside the top-10, often inside the top-five reporting the balance was fairly solid on the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang. Logano would race inside the top-five through the closing stages of the race, ultimately finishing in the third position with the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang.
Quote: “Air-pressure is what cost us there. Air-pressure in the tires, just on the splitter too much firing off. It took us 15 laps to get rolling. Our long run speed was incredible, but it took too long and the guys up front were smart, they put fuel only and kept their car off the splitter in three and four over the bumps and maintained the clean air and just couldn’t do it. I could make runs, but I’d get to three and four and start chattering up the racetrack and had these big moments. Overall, I’m proud of what the Shell/Pennzoil Ford team did today, scoring a second-place in the second stage and a third in the finish. It’s not a win, especially when you come to Texas and all the fans here. Thank you guys for coming out, but it’s not the win we were hoping for as I look at the fire in Victory Lane is super-cool, but it’s progress. We’ve had a little rough streak on these 550 (horsepower) races, so I’ll take it as a little bit of a momentum-builder.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!