No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Round 1: 10th
Round 2: 10th
Round 3: 17th
Round 4: 18th
Round 5: 6th
Laps Completed: 100/100
Laps Led: 0
Joey Logano started seventh and finished fourth in Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Mustang. While the team scored a top-five run, the night was far from smooth as Logano battled handling woes – from extreme loose to extreme tight – throughout the 100-lap event. The team adjusted the car all race long and, by the fifth round, had the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang in a position for Logano to move forward.
In the opening run, Logano struggle with an extremely loose Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang, dropping from seventh to 10th. Logano finished the second round in the 10th position as well, reporting he was still too free on corner entry, which then hurt the center of the corner.
In the third round, Logano still struggled to make forward progress, struggling with an extremely tight handling condition from the center of the turn off. The woes continued in the fourth round with Logano reporting the car was extremely free on corner entry and then lost all turn in the center of the turn.
The Shell-Pennzoil Mustang would line up in the 19th position for the fifth round with the field building towards the mandatory green-flag pit stop. Logano and the team pitted for the mandatory stop at lap 78, with a caution flag coming one lap later with the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang scored in the 11th position. Logano rallied forward for a sixth-place finish in the fifth round.
For the final round, Logano lined up in the eighth position for the 10-lap shootout. Using the outside line, Logano was able to power forward, finishing in the fourth position, a great late-race surge considering the significant handling woes the team faced through most of the race.
Quote: “It was an eventful night. We started miserable. I said that on the radio, I said the car was miserable. It was out of control and impossible to drive to where we were third from last. We were third from last to start that 30-lapper after all the 15-lap runs. The boys did a good job on pit road and Paul (Wolfe) did a good job getting it closer and then a few good restarts at the end got us into the top-five. Another restart, maybe. Everyone is pushing so hard and you can get a big run like Brad was able to do and almost clear him and take the lead. If we could take the lead it would be tough to pass me. Overall, I don’t know. These 550’s aren’t clicking for me. We got a good finish, yes, but it is a miracle we did it. I don’t know how it happened.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!