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• Joey Logano started third and finished 28th in the 62nd annual Daytona 500 in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. The race, which began on Sunday afternoon and concluded Monday evening after a postponement for rain saw Logano spend a majority of the day inside the top-10 and contending for the race lead before being swept up in a late race incident, ending the team’s day prior to the checkered flag.
• After a brief delay for rain, the 62nd annual Daytona 500 got underway with Logano immediately powering to the second position with a quartet of Ford Performance teammates behind him. The lead group quickly settled to the outside lane, following the No. 47 of polesitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
• The field continued to run single file until the caution flag was displayed again on lap 20 due to rain falling in Turn 2. The Shell-Pennzoil crew began formulating a pit strategy should NASCAR open pit road early in the caution. Unfortunately, rain brought the race to a halt and forced a continuation on Monday.
• When the race resumed, Logano brought the Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang to pit road for four tires and fuel on lap 22. Quick work by the Shell-Pennzoil pit crew sent Logano back to the track with the lead. Logano ran inside the top-10 for the opening 10 laps of the run, however, dropped outside the top-10 as a group started pushing forward on the inside lane. On lap 54, Logano reported he needed additional rear grip in the Shell-Pennzoil Ford, saying the car was entering a four-wheel slide. Logano began a forward march, reaching the seventh position before the caution flag was displayed with seven laps remaining in the first stage.
• Logano lined up in the seventh position and was able to race up to the fourth position in the two lap dash to the end of the first stage. The team elected to pit for four tires, air pressure and a chassis adjustment to help the handling for the second stage. Logano would restart the second stage in the 15th position. A caution flag on lap 90 offered an opportunity for the field to pit and put them in a position to make the end of the second stage without returning to pit road. The 22 team elected to take two tires and fuel. Logano would finish the stage in the tenth position.
• As the third stage began the field raced two-by-two for the majority of the opening laps as the field neared a potential final pit stop of the race. Logano dove to pit road from the race lead at lap 170 for two tires and fuel to finish the race should it go green. Logano was running inside the top-five when a 19-car pileup collected the majority of the field on the backstretch, with the driver of the Shell-Pennzoil Ford narrowly missing the spinning car of Aric Almirola.
• Logano lined up fourth with 10 laps remaining. He pushed race leader Ryan Newman clear and moved to the second position, prior to a caution flag being displayed with seven laps to go. Unfortunately, Logano’s evening would come to an end prematurely as he was swept into the outside wall in a multi-vehicle incident, finishing in the 26th position.

 

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“We had a really good Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang all weekend. Unfortunate that we were just wrong place, wrong time. Obviously our thoughts and prayers just stop out to Ryan Newman and his family right now.”