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  • Joey Logano qualified the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in the third position for Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event at Dover International Raceway.
  • Early in the race, the Shell-Pennzoil Ford proved to be one of the fastest cars on the track, riding in third and eventually working his way up to second.
  • A tough pit stop for the No. 22 bunch dropped Logano from fourth to ninth at lap 70. In the dirty air, the handling of the No. 22 changed dramatically, and Logano rode in the back half of the top 10 for the next 100 laps.
  • Logano fought both extremely tight and extremely loose conditions all day long. Even the slightest changes by Crew Chief Todd Gordon dramatically changed the handle as Logano struggled to get back in the top-10 during the middle portion of the race.
  • For the rest of the day, Logano would ride anywhere from 13th to 10th.
  • With 150 to go, the handle finally started coming around, and Logano began making a charge back toward the front, getting back up to sixth at one point.
  • Gordon called Logano into the pits while running seventh during a caution with less than 10 to go. Getting two tires, Logano came back out ninth, hoping to make up as many spots as he could. Unfortunately, with the two tires, the car got extremely tight, and Logano could only make it back up to eighth before the checkers flew.
  • With the eighth-place finish, Logano moved up one spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. He now sits sixth in the standings, 49 points behind leader Matt Kenseth.

IT SEEMED LIKE YOU WERE LOOSE AND TIGHT AT DIFFERENT TIMES DURING THE DAY. WAS IT HARD TO GET A HOLD OF THE HANDLE TODAY?

“A couple runs we were good and the next thing you know we were super tight and then we were super loose. We were chasing the car all day and that is what screwed us up. We lost our track position that way too. We had a tough day on pit road in the beginning there and recovered decent, so that is good. We just weren’t very good today. I mean, we finished about where we should have. Some runs we were and some runs we weren’t. We went for it at the end there with two tires but we were just way too tight. I would have liked to have been up front and had decent air on the car. When we got in the pack and dirty air, we just couldn’t really do much. That just hurt our adjustments. But I’m proud of the guys. They worked hard all weekend long. We just need to get better in a couple of areas. I guess it’s good to be disappointed in eighth.”