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Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion started 18th and finished 21st in Sunday afternoon’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. At the start of the event, Logano reported that the handling of the car was loose on corner entry and tight in the center, which resulted in the temporary loss of several positons. The handling would improve and the team would regain the positons and move to the 15th position before the competition caution at lap 30. On the first pit stop, crew chief Todd Gordon elected to go with an air pressure adjustment, working to combat the tight condition in the center of the corner. On the restart, Logano would continue to struggle with short run speed, battling low grip and a tight handling Ford Fusion. On lap 46, the team would return to pit road, this time making a wedge adjustment to attempt to improve the short-run speed while not hindering the long run performance. Logano continued to battle the inability to turn on the short run dropping back to the 22nd position before pitting for a major air pressure adjustment and four tires at lap 82. By the midsection of the race, the handling of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion had improved enough that the team attempted to run long on a green flag pit cycle. Later in the race, Logano would be caught up in a multi-car incident on the backstretch, receiving minor damage to the right side of his Ford Fusion. The team utilized the red flag period to formulate a game plan for repairs, before ultimately returning Logano to the track, still on the lead lap. The team would complete all the laps, before ultimately finishing 21st.

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“We had a tough day with our Shell-Pennzoil Ford. We struggled on short run speed and once the field got spread out it was tough to make up spots. Then we got caught up in the wreck later in the race and that damage certainly didn’t help us. We’ll regroup and head to Martinsville next week.”