Joey Logano started seventh and finished fourth in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Logano dropped several spots on the initial start after he had to lift for the No. 11 of Denny Hamlin entering the first turn. Logano was able to work his way back to the top-five before the end of the first stage, after waiting out a nearly two-hour rain delay. Much of the team’s track position gain in the early stages of the race came from fast pit work by the Shell-Pennzoil crew, who in the first stop, gained the team four positions. The crew continued the work gaining positions on the next two stops, all while making adjustments to the Ford Fusion to improve the handling in each of the speedway’s four turns. Varying pit strategy relegated the team to the back half of the top-10, but Logano was able to rebound and climb to the seventh position before the end of the second stage. The team moved as high as third, but then pit strategy once again would put them on the offensive as other teams pitted off sequence and then cycled to the front of the field. In the closing stages of the race, Logano was able to survive numerous accident, escaping with no damage to the Shell-Pennzoil Ford. On the final restart, the team would line up fifth and once again had their momentum stalled as the field entered turn 1. However, Logano would make the move to the inside of the backstretch and miss the final accident of the afternoon, which marked the end of the event. The fourth place finish was the team’s first top-five since Michigan in June, and was also a step in the right direction in terms of on-track speed. The team will move on to Pocono where Logano is a former winner as they look to secure a victory and lock themselves into the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

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