Competition Caution (Lap 100): 4th
Joey Logano started Sunday night’s All-Star Race from the inside of row two which proved to be the preferred lane in the series’ return to the historic North Carolina short track. Logano made his way to second in the running order on the opening lap and challenged for the lead before settling into third for the first green flag run of the night. After staying out following the caution on lap 15, Logano remained in the top-five as those with fresher tires began to make their way to the front. Logano was scored fourth at the time of the competition caution on lap 100 and made his way to pit road for four tires, fuel, and a round of adjustments to assist with a tight-handling condition in the center of the corners. However, the No. 22 team was penalized for an uncontrolled tire during the stop, relegating Logano to the tail end of the field for the following restart. Logano made his way back into the top-15 in the opening laps of what ultimately was the final green-flag run of the night while battling through lapped and lead-lap traffic before breaking into the top-10 on lap 177. Despite his charge back through the field, Logano was forced to settle for a 10th-place finish.
“It was great to have a true, short track race. To me, that was old-school short track racing. Whenever you can get rewarded for taking care of your equipment and managing tire wear it shows a lot of what each driver is capable of. We did all we could to manage our tires but we weren’t able to capitalize with having to go to the back following the competition caution. Being able to drive all the way back up to 10th shows how fast our car was but we had nothing to show for it in the end.”
The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28 for the Coca-Cola 600. Coverage of the event will be carried on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 at 6:00 p.m. ET.