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race review

• Joey Logano started and finished fifth in Sunday afternoon’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. Logano’s finish was enough to secure the fifth position in the series point standings.
• After starting fifth, Logano settled into the sixth position, running just ahead of his two teammates. On lap 17, the driver reported the Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang had built a little loose from the drop of the green flag. On lap 35, crew chief Todd Gordon called Logano to pit road for four tires with an air pressure adjustment and fuel to finish the first stage. Following the stop, Logano reported he was freer on corner entry and exit while being tighter in the center of the turns.
• As the stage continued to run green, Logano dropped to 11th position where he finished the first stage. The team elected to make a significant air pressure adjustment while also being mindful of the changing track conditions. The team also elected to make a wedge adjustment and add tape to the nose. Unfortunately, the wedge adjustment went the wrong direction which forced a return to pit road before the green flag.
• In the second stage, Logano reported that the handling continued to get looser, hurting corner entry and exit. A caution with 23 laps remaining in Stage 2 brought Logano back to pit road for four tires, air pressure and a trackbar adjustment. At the end of the stage, he reported the team had tightened the car up a good bit with the adjustments. Solid pit work would send Logano out with a gain of a position into the sixth spot, where he’d settle in after the start of the final stage.
• By lap 190, Logano had slipped back to the eighth position, reporting the Shell-Pennzoil Ford had gone to the tight side over the course of the run. On lap 209, Logano pitted for a potential final stop, taking four tires and fuel, returning to the track waiting for the field to cycle through stops.
• As the final stage continued to run, Logano reported the balance was decent on the Shell-Pennzoil Ford, moving inside the top-five as laps continued to click off. Logano would continue to run inside the top-five until the checkered flag. The finish marked the 200th top-10 finish in his 399th career start.

 

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“We had a solid day today. Our Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang handled decent most of the race, especially after we made a few solid adjustments in the second stage. Overall a good year for us, we’re obviously disappointed that we didn’t get to race for a championship tonight, but we’ll use that as motivation and a way to get stronger for next season.”