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· Joey Logano started 19th in Sunday’s rain-delayed Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Throughout practice, the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford had showed decent race pace, giving Logano confidence he’d be able to work his way forward in the race.

· Logano moved forward three positions before the first caution at lap 14. During the caution, he reported the Shell-Pennzoil Ford was a little tight on center turn, but had good entry security. The No. 22 team elected to pit and make an air pressure adjustment during the competition caution at lap 35, but the change made Logano too free on corner entry and in the center of the corners.

· With the deterioration in handling conditions, crew chief Todd Gordon elected to pit Logano under the fourth caution on lap 53 for four tires and a left-side air pressure adjustment. Logano restarted 27th but with fresh tires, he charged forward, claiming ninth position at the end of Stage 1 on lap 75.

· Logano battled a tight Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion throughout Stage 2, ultimately finishing 10th. Gordon called his driver to pit road on lap 154 during the stage caution for an air pressure adjustment to attempt to give Logano center turn longer into the run.

· As the race progressed, Logano continued to battle an overall lack of grip, despite a wedge adjustment on the fifth stop of the race. Under caution on lap 257, Logano pitted again, making an air pressure adjustment and adding tape to the nose of the Shell-Pennzoil Ford. He restarted in 12th position with 40 laps remaining.

· The late adjustments proved beneficial. Logano was able to power forward on the restart, moving up to seventh position. From there, however, Logano would be hampered by an ill-handling car for the remaining laps of the event, forcing him to settle for a ninth place finish.

 

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“We struggled today. We had okay fire-off speed but overall, our Shell-Pennzoil Ford just fell off too early in the run. I fought loose most of the day with a car tucked in behind me on corner entry and at times it was too tight in the center. We got a couple of stage points and a top-10 finish, but we need to get faster now that we’re closing in on the playoffs.”