Stage 1 Finish: 9th
Stage 2 Finish: 35th
Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford Mustang fought through Sunday’s 188-lap event to regain their position following a Stage 2 pit road penalty, although a late-race melee in a NASCAR overtime finish relegated the No. 22 team to a 30th-place finish to end their day in Alabama. Logano lined up seventh for the race start on the inside row of the lead pack, but a quick move to the outside lane saw the No. 22 launch to the front of the field. He stayed consistent within the top-10 for the first 60-lap Stage of the race while battling a free condition, and swift work by his team on pit road gave him the advantage on track to secure an eighth-place finish and valuable stage points when the first green-white-checkered flag flew. Logano selected the top line to start the race’s second segment and again held on to his position in the top-10 for the races opening laps. A scheduled green-flag stop brought him down pit road on lap 105 with a chance to return to the field ahead of the pack, although the No. 22 driver was clocked speeding on exit and was forced to serve a pass-through penalty that placed him a lap down by the time he returned to the field. Logano and his team strategized a plan to regain their position, and a swift move to rejoin his teammates mid-field gave them the advantage to reap the benefits of the free pass to start the final 68-lap Stage on the lead lap. The No. 22 worked both lanes and was set up to advance in the race’s final laps, but Joey was collected in multi-car incident with only a few laps remaining triggering the overtime finish and multiple trips to pit lane to repair a heavily damaged No. 22. Logano was scored 30th when the checkered flag flew.
“We had such good speed in our Shell-Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford Mustang but not a lot to show for it in the end here. These superspeedway races are so unpredictable when it becomes time to go in the later stages and we had the outside line well-connected, but ultimately we were in the wrong place at the wrong time and it derailed our day. I’m proud of the fight from this No. 22 team to overcome a couple setbacks today to get us back in contention.”
Logano is currently 11th in the NASCAR Cup Series driver points standings.