Joey Logano continued his run of consistency in the early stages of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season by finishing fifth in the No. 22 Autotrader Ford Fusion on Monday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. After a race weekend plagued by rain in which qualifying was cancelled and the race way delayed 24 hours, Logano and the No. 22 team started the race in the fifth position. As predicted, the inside line proved to be disadvantageous on the initial start and Logano quickly dropped to the back of the top-10. As the opening run went on, the team began to pick up positions before the first pit stop of the race at lap 59. Crew chief Todd Gordon called for air pressure and wedge adjustments on the No. 22 Autotrader Ford. By the end of the first stage, Logano had worked his way back to the fourth position, earning seven stage points. The team would again adjust the handling of the Ford using air pressure, and Logano raced his way to the second position before the close of the second stage, earning nine more stage points. The handling of the No. 22 Autotrader Ford continued to improve, enough so that Logano, aided by a fast pit stop from the team was able to lay claim to the lead. The team led five times for a total of 72 laps on the afternoon. Logano continued to battle inside the top-five for the majority of the closing 100 laps, despite slipping in the final 40 laps before rallying back to the fifth position. The solid performance marked the fifth top-five and seventh top-10 in the first eight races of the season, and moved Logano into the fourth position in the MENCS point standings. that he’s finished 30th or worse.

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