Start: 14th | Stage One: 11th | Stage Two: 4th | Finish: 21st | Points: 17th

race review

Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang came away with a 21st-place finish Sunday afternoon at Darlington. After starting 14th, Logano made his way towards the top-10 on the opening run before settling into 12th in the running order following the first round of green flag pit stops. He battled through a loose-handling condition over the course of the ensuing run before crossing the line 11th in Stage 1. After restarting from the inside of row four to begin the second segment, Logano settled into eighth on the leaderboard but reported a tight-handling condition on corner entry to start the run. However, following a pair of cautions, Logano worked his way up into the top-five and eventually scored a fourth-place finish in Stage 2. Logano settled into fifth to begin the final segment as the 22 team planned to split the stage in half with its pit strategy. Despite a free-handling Shell-Pennzoil Ford when firing off, Logano continued to run strong in the top-five before being called to pit road under green with 56 laps to go. The four-tire stop cycled Logano to seventh when the final caution of the afternoon came out with 41 laps remaining, setting up one final round of pit stops. Logano was penalized for speeding on pit road before entering his stall, relegating him to the tail end of the field for the eventual final restart and culminating in a 21st-place finish.

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 “We had a really solid day going with our Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang, just a really unfortunate ending. Everything really started to click for us in Stage 2 and we found a lot of pace on the long run. Tough way to see our run end but we’ll take the positives and continue forward.”

WHAT’S NEXT:Up next on the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series schedule is a trip to the historic North Wilkesboro Speedway for the NASCAR All-Star Race on Sunday, May 19. The exhibition event is set for 8:00 p.m. ET with coverage on FS1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.