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Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil team battled a tight racecar all day long to finish the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway in 11th place. Logano started the 400-lap event from the fifth position after Saturday’s qualifying session. On the short run, Logano’s Ford Fusion was loose, causing him to fall back to eighth. As the race continued under green, Logano began to lose grip on the long runs, eventually falling back to 12th. Crew chief Todd Gordon was able to make several adjustments to Logano’s Fusion to try and fix the handling issue. In order to gain an advantage, the team decided to go with a fuel strategy opposite the rest of the leaders. Logano would eventually make it to second before needing to pit. Shortly after the team’s pit stop, the caution flew, trapping the No. 22 a lap down in the 17th position. Logano was able to race his way to the lucky dog position and regain his lap on the final caution. Logano would restart in the 11th position and remain there once the checkered flag flew. As a result of the finish, the 22 team fell to fourth in the point standings, 76 markers behind the leader, Kevin Harvick.

“We just weren’t quite fast enough. We just keep having the same issues and are we are trying to figure out how to get these cars faster, that is the problem right now. We just aren’t fast enough. We tried to go for it there with the pit strategy and staying out and trying to get a caution. That is the only way we can win the race when we aren’t fast enough and that didn’t play out either. We went down a lap and got the lucky dog at the end there and ended up coming home 11th. I was hoping for another quick caution and I could have stirred it up with them and given it a shot.”

FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks