Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion ran solidly inside the top-10 all afternoon at Michigan International Speedway, coming home with a seventh-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400. Logano started from the 10th position, but moved up after a couple of cars in front of him had to drop to the back before the start of the event. Logano raced into fourth early, then used another strong restart to get as high as second. As the race progressed, Logano proved to have a strong Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion, but needed a little more to be a race-winning car. Crew chief Todd Gordon called Logano in and made changes all afternoon long and Logano continued to be a top-10 mainstay. However, the new “high downforce” rules package ended up seeing drivers struggle to pass cars in front of them and Logano held steady between fifth and 10th. Late in the race, Logano found himself ninth and Gordon called him to pit road for two tires. After restarting in the 11th position, Logano was able to improve four spots in the final 15 laps for a seventh-place finish. It was Logano’s 17th top-10 finish of the season. He remains second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, 48 points behind Kevin Harvick.

“My team did a good job and we executed fairly well. We had a couple bad restarts but a good one there at the end to make up for it. I would say we finished about where we deserved. I feel like we were anywhere from a fourth to 10th place car, somewhere in that area and it depended on the adjustments. It was hard to pass out there today. Really, really, really hard.”