Laps Led: 0
Stage 1 Finish: 5th
Stage 2 Finish: 16th
Point Standings: 5th (-16)
Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang started 11th and finished 27th at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon. Logano wasted little time driving into the top-10 early in the race. He would narrowly avoid disaster during a lap 25 multi-car incident, however the damage to the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang was minimal and the former champion was able to soldier on. Working with teammate Ryan Blaney, Logano would bring home valuable stage points at the end of Stage 1. From that point, Logano would go into conservation mode with the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang, bracing for “the big one.” Unfortunately the big crash never happened, and he would come in the in 27th position at the end of the day.
“We just wreck all the time so we thought, ‘Boy, we’ve got a big points lead, let’s just be smart and don’t wreck and we’ll be able to get out of here with a top 10 assuming they would wreck because they always do. That was the only time I’ve ever stayed in the back, ever, was today and they didn’t wreck. We gave up a bunch of our points lead. We’re still plus-18, which is a decent spot to be, but, the goal was to race for stage points and then drop to the back and wait for the crash. I hate racing that way. I’ve gotten beat many times from people that do that then I tried it and it didn’t work.”