Joey Logano started from the pole position but finished 31st in Sunday afternoon’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway after a blown tire ended the day for the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford at lap 307 of the 314-lap event. After starting from the pole, Logano dominated the opening stage of the race, leading all 75 laps en route to the first stage victory of the season for the No. 22 team. Despite being out front, Logano battled tight handling conditions in the center of the corners, while fighting loose on corner entry. On the first pit stop at lap 28, crew chief Todd Gordon called for air pressure adjustments and four tires. The No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil crew completed the service and kept the lead for Logano, which would prove critical in securing the stage victory as track position was imperative on the slick Phoenix Raceway. At the end of the first stage, the team pitted again, this time for wedge, air pressure and pulling tape from the nose of the car in an effort to help cool the brakes. Logano was still battling loose conditions on corner entry, but the handling had improved through the center of the corner. On the ensuing restart, Logano surrendered the lead as two competitors split him three wide entering turn 1. From there, the handling conditions deteriorated as Logano had to battle dirty air. The team ran in the top-five until a lap 118 pit stop where NASCAR deemed the No. 22 too fast upon entering his pit stall. Logano and the team would have to battle back from the 22nd position when the race resumed. With solid pit work and positive adjustments on the handling of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, the team was able to reach the top 10 late in the race. Again, Logano found himself battling an ill handling racecar and on Lap 307, the right front tire went down, leading to heavy contact with the turn 1 wall, ending the day for the team. The result was disappointing for the team after leading the first 82 laps and winning the first stage of the event.

Camping World 500