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• Joey Logano started from the pole and finished in the 10th position in Sunday afternoon’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. The team battled an extremely tight condition for most of the event, with Logano running outside the top-20 for a portion of the second and third stage. Logano survived a wild NASCAR Overtime and brought the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang home in the top-10.
• Logano led the opening 12 laps prior to the competition caution, reporting he needed more turn from the center off on all four turns of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Throughout the first stage, Logano continued battling a tight condition, despite the team making air pressure adjustments. Unfortunately, a slow pit stop and other teams electing to take two tires dropped Logano out of the top 10, finishing 16th in the first stage.
• With the loss of track position, Logano continued battling the tight handling condition in the second stage, despite making a wedge and air pressure adjustment early in the stage. The changes didn’t seem to make a major impact on the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang, especially trapped in dirty air, resulting in an 18th place stage result for Logano.
• In the final stage, Logano continued reporting that the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang was struggling in dirty air, becoming too tight to turn the center of the corners. The team elected to stay on the track when others pitted, cycling Logano to the sixth position. Logano maintained in the top 10 until the team elected to pit at lap 130 for the final stop.
• With NASCAR Overtime, Logano lined up in the 12th position for a potential final restart, the last car who remained on the track with the late caution. Logano survived last lap carnage and finished in the 10th position.

 

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“That was an extremely hard-fought top-10 finish today in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. We just battled extremely tight most of the day, especially in the dirty air. Clean air we were okay, but we really struggled in traffic. The crew made changes on it all day, we’ll get it figured out and go from there.”