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Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion started off the 2016 season right where they left off in 2015, coming home second in the non-points opener, the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday evening. Logano started the race from the 25th and last positions based on a random draw on Friday. When the green came out, Logano began his climb to the front. It took the 25-year-old driver just seven laps to race his way into the top 10 and was fifth just a couple of laps later. At the mandatory caution on lap 25, Logano found himself in the 11th position. Back under green, Logano once again made quick work coming through the field and eventually found himself running second behind teammate Brad Keselowski for several laps in the middle of the race. Despite running hot for most of the race, Logano kept his Shell-Pennzoil Ford near the front all night long. Late in the event, Logano made some daring moves in the draft to get himself back to the front, eventually running side-by-side with race leader Denny Hamlin. Logano and Hamlin continued to race side-by-side as the white flag came out. Unfortunately, an accident in turn one brought out the caution with Logano just behind Hamlin on the track. The race was called official and Logano earned a second-place finish, his best-career finish in the non-points event.

“What a great race. We had a really a really fast Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion. We kept working out way from the back to the front. It was hard to get that lead. We are all running such close speeds that you really have to know how to work the draft to get a run and try and get the lead. We got some really good pushes as the race was going, I could just never get cleared to the front. I worked really well with the 20 and with the 42 all night long. I really thought that Brad or myself would win that race. It came down to us vs. the Gibbs cars out there. We were close to the win at the end. WE were side-by-side with the 11 when they started crashing. Overall, it’s a good start to the season. Now we go out there and try and get the pole for the 500 and put our focus on the Duels on Thursday.”

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