Joey Logano started 11th and finished eighth in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 from Kentucky Speedway in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford Fusion. Logano, who started inside the sixth row, quickly worked his way inside the top-10 in the opening laps of the event, however, the short-run speed didn’t translate to long run success in the opening stage as Logano drifted back outside the top-15, finishing the first stage in 18th position. During the first stage, Logano radioed crew chief Todd Gordon and reported that the brake pedal was getting soft and that he had to work extremely hard at preserving the brakes throughout the entire run. On the second pit stop of the evening, Gordon elected to pull tape from the nose, allowing more air to reach the brakes. The fix worked as Logano didn’t report another issue about the brakes for the remainder of the event. Although the soft pedal was fixed, Logano continued to battle an ill handling racecar through turns one and two, reporting the car was landing both loose and tight simultaneously, complicating matters was that Logano felt he had one of the strongest cars through turns three and four. The team tried a variety of adjustments, utilizing air pressure, spring rubbers and wedge to correct the condition. At the conclusion of the second stage, Gordon opted to leave the Shell-Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford on the track, handing the lead of the race to Logano and positioning the team for an eventual top-10 finish. Logano held the lead for seven laps before dropping to second where he ran until he made his green flag pit stop at lap 205. Fortunately, Gordon’s strategy call played out as the other leaders cycled through the pits under green. At lap 255 Logano was lapped while running in the ninth position, however, a caution with two laps remaining presented the team with the free pass. Logano missed a multi-car incident on the front stretch as the field took the white flag, bringing the car home in the eight position. The finish was the second top-10 for Logano in the past three races as the team works to build momentum and secure a playoff berth. Earlier in the day, Logano had raced his way to a top-10 finish in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang in the rain delayed NASCAR XFINITY Series event, bringing the drivers total miles completed to over 700 for the day.

Quaker State 400