Start: 7th | Stage One: 32nd | Stage Two: 1st | Finish: 19th | Points: 15th

race review

Joey Logano picked up his first stage win of the 2024 season and led six times for 22 laps in a 19th-place finish for the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. After starting from the inside of row four, Logano worked his way throughout all three lanes during the opening run to get a feel for the balance before fading to the back half of the field prior to the green flag pit cycle. Logano was one of the last cars to hit pit road on lap 44 for fuel only but was penalized for speeding while exiting pit road and forced to serve a pass-through penalty, resulting in a 32nd-place finish in Stage 1. Following a four-tire stop and a round of adjustments at the stage break, Logano raced his way back into the top 15 with a wave of momentum in the top lane as green flag stops loomed. As the pace picked up with the laps winding down in Stage 2, Logano cycled to the lead on lap 102 before all three Team Penske Fords were called to pit road for fuel only with nine laps to go in the stage. Despite settling into third in the running order with six laps left in the segment, Logano was able to power back to the front with a push from teammate Austin Cindric, resulting in a Stage 2 win. The No. 22 team won the race off pit road following a four-tire stop at the stage break as Logano lined up to lead the field to green from the inside of row one. Logano continued to battle with the leaders during the opening run of the final stage before a caution with 33 laps remaining brought the field down pit road for one last splash of fuel. He settled into the top lane for the final green flag run of the afternoon but was unable to build a run with the field racing double file in the closing laps. Logano maintained his position on the white flag lap before a multi-car incident unraveled in the tri-oval when the No. 22 was clipped in the left rear and sent sliding across the start-finish line to take the checkered flag in the 19th position.


“Not the end result our Shell-Pennzoil team was hoping for with the speed we showed throughout the day. Battling our way back to the front to get the Stage 2 win was big for us but we weren’t able to make a run at it late and ended up stuck in line during that final stretch. It’s still a decent points day for us and we’ll continue to build on it.”

WHAT’S NEXT: The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Dover Motor Speedway for Round 11 of the 2024 season on Sunday, April 28. Live coverage of the Wurth 400 begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.