Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion was involved in an early multi-car accident and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to make up as many positions as possible, ultimately coming home with a 33rd-place finish on Sunday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. Logano started 21st and, early on in the race, slipped back as the action was getting tense up front. After the first round of pit stops, Logano was able to race his way back to the front, briefly getting into the top-10. However, on lap 48, a multi-car accident on the backstretch collected a total of 15 cars, including Logano. Despite heavy damage, the Shell-Pennzoil team was able to lose just one laps fixing the damage. However, a flat tire under green brought Logano back down pit road, dropping him four laps down. Even with the heavy damage, Logano was able to race with the pack and worked to get two of his laps back before eventually coming home 33rd at the finish. Logano dropped two positions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings and now sits fourth, 59 points behind leader Kevin Harvick.

“That’s one of those frustrating races like we had in Bristol. Our car wasn’t bad, but we were just going to bide our time. The 6 car (Trevor Bayne) was really loose early in that run and the 41 (Kurt Busch) got under him and the 6 just lost it. After that, I had nowhere to go. I think I got hit from behind and just spun around and hit a couple more times. The guys did a good job getting everything fixed and just losing a lap. Then we had a tire go flat and that put us a bunch of laps down. I think if we were just one lap down, we could have gotten a lucky dog and back on the lead lap and eventually raced with those guys. But it just wasn’t meant to be. We will just move onto Kansas and go win one there.”

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