Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil team overcame some mid-race handling issues to finish fourth in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Logano started sixth in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion and hung around the top-five for the first 50 laps of the event. The handling of Logano’s Ford swung to the tight side during the middle portion of the race and Logano slipped as far back as 10th just past the lap 110 mark. Crew Chief Todd Gordon continued to make air pressure and wedge adjustments to the car and Logano slowly started working his way back toward the front. Logano raced his way up to third and took the lead on lap 266 when he stayed out during a quick caution. Logano held onto the top spot for 19 laps before eventually falling back to second. Late in the race, contact from the No. 4 car sent Logano up the track and from third to ninth. However, the 24-year-old driver was able to race his way back to the fourth by the time the checkers flew. It was Logano’s seventh-straight top-10 finish to start the season. He remains second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.

“I felt like at the beginning of the race and to the middle of the race we starting falling off, but we made some good adjustments and started getting some speed back in the car. We were all the way back to 11th at one point and got back to almost a winning car. We just needed a little bit more speed, but it’s fun out there. We were racing hard and doing everything we could do to try and win the race. We’re racing to the end of the race and I expect to get raced the way I race people and I would do the same thing, so it’s not a surprise there. I felt like I had to guard that position. I felt like if he (Harvick) got by me there I wouldn’t have the opportunity to get back by him and I felt like I would have lost the race that way. We’re all just racing for wins. ”

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