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Joey Logano drove his No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford from seventh to second, making a late charge for the lead late before falling just short of winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Thursday night’s Cam-Am Duel race number one. Logano started seventh and proved once again to be one of the best restrictor-plate drivers, moving into third by lap 10 and then passing teammate Brad Keselowski for second on lap 28. Logano then rode in second as the field clicked off laps until green-flag pit stops began on lap 39. Logano came to pit road for four tires while most of the field took either two tires or fuel only, putting Logano 14th as the field strung back out. A caution then bunched the field and Logano restarted in 10th. With eight laps to go, Logano began his charge to the front, jumping to the low lane and getting cars to help him draft to the front. With just two laps to go, Logano made a move to second and used drafting help from Ryan Blaney to battle for the lead. Ultimately, Logano would finish second, matching his finish from the Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night. By finising second, Logano will start fifth in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

“Second. We have finished second twice now. I am proud of what we are doing here though. We are showing that we are one of the best speedway teams right now and I am proud of that. We still have room to gain. It is hard to pass that 88 car. He is really, really good. He has a good car and is a good driver at this stuff. You are back there just taking notes on what he is doing and we had a great run. Blaney did a great job behind me and we had a run there on the last lap, going into one, and he just blocked it at the right time. It is hard to get to the outside or inside of him. The cars are so hard to actually get to the back bumper of somebody it is really challenging.”

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