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· Joey Logano started fifth in Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway, but dropped outside the top-10 on the opening run of the event due to the cars handling being “out-of-control” on corner entry. On lap 28, the team pitted and made a significant air pressure adjustment on three-corners of the Shell-Pennzoil Ford.

· The adjustments made on the opening stop of the race worked marginally as Logano was able to maintain the top-10, finishing the opening stage in the ninth position. However, the handling was still too free on entry and exit so the team adjusted with wedge on the second stop of the event.

· During the second stage, Logano ran as high as fifth, but adjustments on a stop at lap 124 disrupted the handling of the car, making it tight in the center of the turns. Additionally, a slow stop dropped Logano out of the top-10 before ultimately finishing the second stage in the 17th position.

· With differing pit strategies, Logano restarted the third stage in the eleventh position. Unfortunately, the loose handling condition persisted on corner entry despite multiple attempts at making adjustments.

· The race featured predominantly green flag conditions, making it difficult for Logano to regain lost track position, ultimately finishing the day in the 19th position.

 

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“We had a tough day. At one point in the race we had decent balance and speed, but then it went away and we just couldn’t get it back. We fought loose in and off most of the day, other times we were tight in the center. We’ll go back to work as a team and get better for when we come back here in November.”