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• Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil team survived a late-race incident to still grab a seventh-place finish on Sunday afternoon at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. With the top-10 finish, and a pair of fifth-place finishes in the first two stages, Logano was able to move into the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs, beginning next week at Texas Motor Speedway.
• After starting third, Logano maintained inside the top-five, taking the lead just before the lap 10 competition caution. Logano continued to battle a loose condition on the rear of his No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Mustang through the first stage, ultimately finishing the first stage in the fifth position.
• Mired deep in the field following the Stage 1 strategy flip, the No 22 Ford team elected to pit at lap 35 under caution for four fresh tires and fuel. Logano used the tires and charged hard through the field, working his way towards the top-10, then passing other cars as they pitted near the end of the second stage. Logano finished Stage 2 in the fifth position.
• Logano continued his forward march after being cycled back with the team opting for stage points to secure their way into the Round of 8, he continued to run lap times as fast as the race leader when he had clean air as he worked into the 13th position by lap 71, prior to final pit stops. Logano hit pit road at lap 76, allowing the team to stretch the fuel to the end of the race without the assist of another caution.
• In prime position following a caution flag pit stop, Logano worked back into the top-five, being scored fifth before a lap 98 caution flag. Logano would get into a little bit of trouble late, causing damage to the hood of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford. However, Logano would continue to have speed in his car, grabbing a critical seventh-place finish.

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“So much for keeping it clean. That was the plan, but just ended up having a rough day, but ended up finishing seventh and even a shot at a top five or top three towards the end of the race. I’m proud of our Shell/Pennzoil team. I got into Preece and dumped him early in the race and that was my mistake. I just went in there too hard and needed all the racetrack, so the good thing for him is I don’t think it affected his day, but, overall, we’re moving onto the Round of 8. It’s a great accomplishment. We’re proud of that. It’s onto the next three and try to score a bunch of points maybe or get a win. That might be the easiest way of doing it.”