race review

• Joey Logano started second but battled an ill-handling No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Mustang on Sunday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway and ultimately scored a 25th-place finish. One bright spot on the afternoon was the performance of the Shell-Pennzoil pit crew, which gained positions on pit road throughout the race despite making wholesale changes on numerous stops.
• After starting on the front row, Logano led the opening 12 laps before settling in to the second position behind teammate Brad Keselowski. Logano reported he was too tight on entry and fighting loose on corner exit. Under the competition caution on lap 25, the team adjusted with tape on the nose and air pressure. The handling continued to struggle on the No. 22 through the first stage. Logano ultimately finished seventh and reported he just needed more turn to compete with the race leaders.
• In the second stage, the driver of the No. 22 Mustang continued to wrestle with a lack of turn on corner entry and couldn’t maintain drive off the corners. During a cycle of green flag stops, the Shell-Pennzoil team made more air pressure adjustments. Logano finished 14th when Stage 2 concluded on lap 160.
• As the final stage wore on, Logano dropped as far back as 27th position as he struggled with the balance on the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Mustang. The sixth and final caution on lap 201 brought Logano to pit road to pull packer from both front shocks.
• The team elected to split the final 67-lap run by pitting under green on lap 237, 30 laps from the finish. Logano took four tires and received an air pressure adjustment. Over the final laps of the race Logano reported the handling did improve on the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang and he was credited with a 25th-place finish.



“We just couldn’t find the handling during the race. The guys worked on it every stop and we made some incremental gains, but we were just too far off. Pit stops were solid. We’ve got the right pieces. We’ll go to Vegas next week and try to win another Pennzoil 400.”


Homestead-Miami 400