Joey Logano started 12th and finished eighth in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in Saturday’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 22 team entered the event with only six laps of practice after a brake issue sidelined the team for the majority of Friday’s single practice session. When the green flag fell to start the first stage, Logano battled a car that was described as “unpredictable and inconsistent” fighting both tight and loose conditions from the center of the turn and on exit. At the conclusion of the first stage, crew chief Todd Gordon called for major air pressure adjustments, trying to take a swing at the cars handling. As the second stage progressed, the handling improved and the car became more predictable for Logano, transitioning to loose on corner entry and tight from the center off. At the conclusion of the second stage, Logano and company found themselves in the 12th position. Knowing that they needed to gain positions if they hoped to advance to the final stage of 10, Gordon elected to put the softer, option tires on. Logano rallied for a seventh place finish in the third stage, providing just enough gain to make the final 10 on a tie-breaker with the No. 14 Ford of Clint Bowyer. With the prospect of starting the final stage in the tenth position, Gordon opted to pit the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford and hook up to the cool-down unit, allowing the team to add tape to the nose to improve the handling for the dash to the finish. Logano battled forward, gaining two positions on a night where track position was at a premium.

Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race