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· Joey Logano started 10th and finished the first stage of Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 in the fifth position. Throughout the opening stage, Logano reported the Pennzoil Ford as tight, but he was able to move forward five positions. Quick pit work on the second stop of the afternoon, put the No. 22 Ford into the fourth position to begin the second stage.

· Through the opening run of the second stage, Logano reported the Pennzoil Ford was still too tight in the center of the corner, resulting in a loose corner entry condition when adjusting the track bar. The team made an air pressure adjustment on a green flag stop, but it wasn’t quite enough to give Logano the turn in the center of the corner that he needed.

· Logano ran as high as second during the second stage, ultimately finishing in the fourth position at lap 160. The car had swung to a loose entry and exit condition while still being too tight in the center of the turns.

· Extremely fast pit work by the Pennzoil crew gained Joey Logano three positions, moving the No. 22 Ford into the lead for the first time of the event. After nine green flag laps, the caution flag was displayed again, bringing the leaders to pit road. Crew chief Todd Gordon called for a two-tire stop, while other teams went with four. Logano led through the ensuing restart, but later in the run drifted back outside the top-five.

· At lap 224, Logano made a stop for four tires and fuel, reporting the car was tighter in the center and looser on corner entry and exit than it had been in the previous run.

· Logano ultimately finished seventh and is currently second in the MENCS driver standings, three points behind leader Kevin Harvick.

 

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“We were better than seventh. We ran up top-five most of the day and got to the lead for a little bit and took two tires. We were the only car that took two and the run went really long and we lost a lot of track position. We never got a caution to kind of reset. We faded back to seventh, but were able to get a couple spots back. Overall we have been solid with the Pennzoil Ford all season and today was a solid race. Our pit crew did a good job. We are second in the points and running strong right now. We just have to find a bit more to be able to beat Kevin.”