Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion team started 23rd and finished 21st in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Logano and the team struggled to find speed for most of the weekend, despite running the 10th fastest time in final practice on Saturday afternoon; those struggles continued in the early stages of the 600-mile event Sunday. On the opening run of the race, Logano battled a car that was tight and it built tighter throughout the run. Crew chief Todd Gordon called for air pressure and wedge adjustments on the first stop of the night, and then again on the second stop of the race setting up the run to the conclusion of the first stage. Those changes proved to give Logano a car that he could compete with, despite being trapped in dirty air. Logano found himself in the 19th position at the conclusion of stage 1. Throughout stage 2, the team steadily moved forward, continuing to work on the handling of the car. Even following the delay for rain, Logano was able to work his way toward the top-10 reaching the 11th position at the conclusion of the second stage. During the third stage of the race, Logano began to struggle with a loose car but managed to keep it around the top-15 through the conclusion of the stage. In the closing laps, as many of the leaders pitted, the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford team made a track position gamble by running long, hoping for a late race yellow. Logano cycled as high as third, and was in position for a major track position gain if the caution flag was displayed. Unfortunately, with six laps remaining the team was forced to pit dropping them to 21st place.

Coca-Cola 600