race review

• Joey Logano started ninth and finished fourth in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford Mustang. Logano and the No. 22 Ford team ran a solid race all afternoon despite a setback on the first pit stop of the race, consistently running lap times as fast as the race leaders.
• Logano moved forward early in the race, reaching the second position before the lap 30 competition caution. A slow pit stop when the air hose got hung up on an electrical box resulted in a major track position loss for the team with Logano restarting in the 23rd position. Just prior to the stage break, the team would again pit under caution, ultimately finishing the stage in the eighth position.
• As the second stage began, Logano reported he was struggling with corner entry security, so at lap 97 the team elected to make further air pressure adjustments on the AAA Insurance Mustang. Logano worked into the second position behind race leader Denny Hamlin with persistent pressure from teammate Brad Keselowski running in third. Logano ultimately finished in the third position.
• Logano would begin the final stage feeling confident in the handling of the AAA Insurance Mustang, hoping the team had corrected braking issues by pulling tape on the cooling ducts. Logano reported only one time during the final stage that the brakes were getting soft, while he continued to run inside the top-five.
• The final stage featured a long green flag run with Logano settling into the fourth position. The fourth-place finish was Logano’s second top-five in the last three races. The series moves next to Michigan International Speedway where Logano has three NASCAR Cup Series victories and is the defending race winner of the FireKeepers Casino 400.



“This has been a challenging racetrack and to be able to kind of work through it and have a solid run, I feel good about that. We pitted when we probably shouldn’t have. We made a fuel-only stop to get our track position back and then the run went long, so the fuel-only made us loose. I was really hoping for a caution there at the end, but, overall, it was a solid day for our AAA Insurance Ford Mustang.”


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