No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 2nd
Stage 2: 3rd
Laps Completed: 70/70
Laps Led: 10
Point Standings (behind first): 2nd (-12)
Joey Logano started 11th and finished second in Sunday’s race on the Daytona Road Course. Logano led 10 of the final 11 laps before being passed by the No. 20 of Christopher Bell, who had six-lap fresher tires, on the last lap. The Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang team scored 17 stage points on the afternoon with finishes of second and third respectively in the opening two segments.
Logano moved the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang into the top-five in the opening laps, riding in third reporting that he was losing a little bit of rear grip through the run. A caution would set up pit stops prior to the end of the first stage, with Logano receiving four tires and an air pressure adjustment. He finished second when Stage 1 ended on lap 16.
In the second stage, Logano pitted once for four tires and an air pressure change, working his way back into the top-five. He ultimately finished Stage 2 in third position. At the stage ending stop, Logano reported he needed the rear grip to maintain longer through the run, which prompted crew chief Paul Wolfe to make air pressure and trackbar adjustments.
Logano ran inside the top-five until slipping to the seventh position with 20 laps remaining, just before the potential final stop of the race. On lap 51, the driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford pitted for four tires, fuel, tape on the nose and a trackbar adjustment. A caution on lap 57 packed the field up following the green flag pit stops when a small pop-up shower moved over the speedway. Logano cycled into the lead as many of the race leaders hit pit road for tires.
The driver of the Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang was able to hold the lead through two late-race restarts but ultimately finished second after being passed by eventual race winner Christopher Bell on the final lap.
Quotes: “I was trying to keep him (Bell) behind me. We gambled by staying out and I’d say it paid off overall, but you just hate being so close. He started catching me a second a lap and it wasn’t like I blew any corners or anything. We just got beat, plain and simple. We’ve got to get our long run speed faster. We made some gains and have gotten better with our Shell-Pennzoil Mustang. We’ve just got to be able to find a way to keep our rear tires on these things on the road courses. We’ve identified the issue, now we can go to work.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!