Laps Led: 25
Stage 1 Finish: 11th
Stage 2 Finish: 4th
Point Standings: 7th (-152)
Joey Logano started 12th and finished 24th in Sunday’s Ambetter 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the Shell-Pennzoil Ford fought to overcome a tight-handling condition on the No. 22 early in the race. He finished Stage 1 in the 11th position. Crew chief Paul Wolfe opted for track position as he called for the Shell-Pennzoil Ford to remain on track during the caution period between stages. Logano ran up front and finished Stage 2 in fourth place. Over the course of the final stage, Logano continued to run among the leaders and looked to be in position to secure a top-five finish. Unfortunately, the team’s fuel strategy didn’t pay off as Logano came to pit road for service with less than 10 laps remaining. As a result of losing track position, Logano came home in the 24th position.
“Yeah, live by the sword, die by the sword. We did it in the second stage to get track position and it worked. Then we did it again to get track position and the race ran long and it didn’t work. I thought we were pretty decent once we got up there and had a shot at taking the lead from Kurt (Busch) but then the 9 missed the mark by a mile and knocked our toe or camber or something in the left rear suspension. I don’t know why he had to do that, but I am pretty sure that was not a good move on his part. So, that is that.”