Joey Logano started 12th and finished 32nd in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion after running at the front of the pack for the majority of Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Logano entered the race as the most recent Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner and the most recent victor at Talladega Superspeedway, having won the 2016 fall event. Wasting no time, Logano quickly moved the No. 22 Ford into the top-five where he ran for a majority of the event. On the first stop of the day, crew chief Greg Erwin opted for a fuel-only stop, returning Logano to the track inside the top-10. Logano reported the handling of the No. 22 Ford to be loose, particularly with a full fuel load and worn tires. Erwin continued to call for wedge and air pressure adjustments throughout the race, working incrementally on the handling until the fourth pit stop of the day when Logano reported the balance was good enough he could make the moves he needed to in the draft. At lap 160, the caution flag was displayed once again, setting up a treacherous late race restart. Logano was battling his way back to the lead when contact between the No. 47 and No. 24 resulted in the “Big One”, collecting the No. 22 Ford as several cars overturned in the carnage. Although the wreck ended the team’s day 20 laps from the finish, Logano did collect valuable points in the first stage of the event.the crash, unfortunately. That’s kind of a bummer. It’s part of it and part of superspeedway racing. Sometimes you win these things and sometimes you get caught up in them. We’ll move on and hit the next race.”

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