race review

• Joey Logano started 13th and finished fifth in Sunday afternoon’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. Logano started the race battling a tight condition, but steady adjustments by crew chief Paul Wolfe and the No. 22 Ford team improved the handling of the car throughout the day. Logano utilized a few late-race restarts to rally into the top-five after fending off a hard charging Aric Almirola to maintain the position at the checkered flag.
• After lining up in the 13th position, Logano slid forward to the seventh position after numerous cars dropped to the back for the start of the race. However, Logano fell to the 15th position after a big moment on the opening lap in Turn 3 and had to regain track position through the first run of the race. Logano recovered to the 10th position at the end of the first stage, telling the team he needed more exit turn in the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang, but he couldn’t afford to be freer on takeoff.
• On the stage ending stop, the Shell-Pennzoil crew made an air pressure change and added tape to the nose of the No. 22 Ford Mustang, sending Logano off pit road in eighth. On the restart, Logano elected to restart on the inside lane, lining up in the fifth position. Logano continued battling a tight-handling condition on the long run, particularly on corner exit. The team elected to make a trackbar adjustment on the second stop of the race, resulting in a slower stop, sending Logano off pit road in the 15th position.
• Logano worked back into the top-10 with fifty laps remaining in the event as the adjustments to the Shell-Pennzoil Ford finally got the handling improved for corner exit. Logano reported to the team he was struggling with straightaway speed, which forced the driver to adjust his approach to restarts for the remainder of the race.
• Using another late-race restart, Logano powered forward to claim a fifth-place finish, the second top-five result for the team in the last three races. Logano currently sits sixth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, 199 points behind leader Kevin Harvick.



“Overall we learned some things this weekend. Both races we were just a little too far off to start. A top-five finish today was good. We’re starting to build some momentum and when you start clicking off top-five finishes you know wins are just around the corner. Obviously next week is a big unknown for everyone going down to Daytona to run the road course. A lot has gone into that so it should be an interesting race for the fans.”


Consumers Energy 400