No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Stage 1: 7th
Stage 2: 21st
Laps Completed: 259/260
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (behind first): 6th (-136)
Joey Logano started 10th and finished 19th in Sunday’s Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Logano battled both loose and tight conditions during the event, but took a small setback when the team was forced to pit early on a green flag cycle for a loose wheel. Logano recovered and was inside the top-15 with five laps remaining when he had to go into “conservation mode” because of a right side tire coming apart.
On the opening run of the race, Logano battled inside the top-10 reporting he was just a little free, prompting crew chief Paul Wolfe to adjust the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. Quick pit work by the Shell crew sent Logano back to the track in the fifth position. After the competition yellow, the field restarted but were slowed by a multi-vehicle incident. The heat cycle proved to tighten the Mustang up, prompting the team to go back on the wedge adjustment from the first stop.
During the second stage, Logano pitted for a potential loose wheel at lap 105 with the team taking four tires and being just inside the fuel window. The driver of the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang faded to 21st in the run but managed to hold the lead lap at the conclusion of Stage 2. On the stage ending stop the team elected to adjust the car to help the overall performance of the car.
In the final stage, Logano reported the rear of the car was too free while the front tires wouldn’t turn well enough. The team elected to pit at lap 209 for a potential final stop of the race. In the final five laps, Logano felt a right-side tire starting to come apart and was forced into a conservative mode to finish the remaining laps, dropping to the 19th position at the checkered flag.
Quote: “We weren’t bad today overall from a handing perspective, I’d say we just lacked some overall speed and put ourselves a touch behind when we had to pit early in the second stage. We had a better run going than where we finished but the last five laps I started to have a right side tire come apart.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!