No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Mustang – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 1st – Fifth stage win of 2020
Stage 2: 1st – Sixth stage win of 2020
Laps Completed: 158/164
Laps Led: 36
Point Standings (Behind First): 4th (-35)
Joey Logano started third and won the opening two stages of Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, before a late race cut-tire ended the day for the Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. Logano led the race on six different occasions for 36 laps, ultimately finishing 27th.
After starting third, Logano faded back in the field, battling an extremely loose Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. At the competition caution, crew chief Paul Wolfe adjusted the No. 22 Ford with two rounds of trackbar. The adjustments proved successful as Logano drove to the race lead with drafting help from teammate Ryan Blaney. Logano maintained the lead for 15 laps and scored his fifth stage win of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Season.
Logano spent the opening portion of the second stage in a fuel conservation mode with the rest of the Ford Performance competitors. However, with 11 laps remaining in the stage, crew chief Paul Wolfe gave the go-ahead to spotter TJ Majors, prompting Logano to pull out of line and drive straight to the lead. Logano drove off to win the second stage, claiming his sixth stage win of the season.
In the final stage, Logano claimed the lead and maintained until lap 131 when the Ford Performance contingent hit pit road for a fuel only stop. In the late stages, Logano was in position, taking the lead with two laps remaining, before contact cut the right rear tire and triggered a multi-vehicle incident in turn 1.
Logano enters the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs as the fourth seed having accumulated 22 playoff points through the regular season.
Quote: “We had a really fast Shell-Pennzoil Mustang tonight. Guys were great on pit road and we did what we needed to do. We scored two stage wins for playoff points. At the end there it was just super speedway racing, Denny (Hamlin) caught me just a little off-center and that sent me up into the 43 car and then the right rear got cut.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!