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Joey Logano had a fast No. 22 Pennzoil Ford Fusion on Sunday afternoon in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but two tire issues kept the driver from challenging for the win. Logano, who swept the second round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, started the race from the 10th position and when the green flag fell he settled in to a rhythm while working with crew chief Todd Gordon on the handling. Despite being a bit loose in dirty air, Logano was very happy with the way his Ford drove over the course of a long run. While challenging for a position inside the top five at lap 118, Logano suffered a cut to the left-front tire on the Pennzoil Ford. This resulted in slight contact with the outside wall but he was able to continue. After multiple trips to pit road for repairs, Logano was up to speed once again. Unfortunately, a second tire issue would occur on lap 155 when the right-front tire blew, causing heavy damage that had to be repaired in the garage area. Great work by the Pennzoil crew allowed Logano to return to the track, however he was many laps down to the race leaders and his race was effectively over. He crossed the finish line in the 36th position, but the series heads to the Kansas Speedway next weekend, a track where Logano is the two-time, defending winner.

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“We’re not out by any means. We had a very fast Pennzoil Ford Fusion. I’m super-proud of the car we brought here. It was capable of winning, for sure. We ran up from 10th to third and was still running down the leaders early in the race, so I felt really good about the Pennzoil Ford we had. Things happen. It’s part of racing, but we’re not out. We’re not gonna die. This team is resilient. We’ve proved it before and we’ll just have to go out and prove it again. We just have to have two flawless races. It’s something we can make up.”