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· Joey Logano started 16th and finished sixth in Sunday’s Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

· Throughout the first stage, Logano battled a tight handling Ford Fusion, which crew chief Todd Gordon adjusted on with air pressure on the competition caution at lap 35. Logano continued building tight through the end of the stage resulting in more air pressure and wedge adjustments at the stage break.

· During the opening laps of the second stage, Logano reported his handling was still tight, slightly better than before.

· With a late caution interrupting the second stage, the team elected to pit, making a small air pressure adjustment to help Logano’s handling continue to improve. The efforts paid off as the team restarted seventh and powered to the fourth position before the end of the stage.

· During the final stage, Logano ran as high as second with terrific pit work putting him on the outside of the front row for the restart. As the run went on, crew chief Todd Gordon elected to put the Shell-Pennzoil Ford on an alternate strategy with the rest of the field, joined only by the No. 11 entry.

· At lap 297 the caution flag was displayed, ultimately putting the entire field back on the same strategy. The team pitted and restarted in the fourth position with just over 20 laps remaining.

· Logano battled through the finish after getting bottled up on the final restart, bringing the Shell-Pennzoil Ford home in the sixth position.

· The sixth place finish along with the eight stage points moved Logano atop the point standings after the second race of the year.

 

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“No, I don’t think they need to repave it. It’s still fun to go around this place and the strategy is actually pretty fun too. I don’t think they need to repave it. I just think we need to figure out how to be better than Kevin, that’s all. It’s like the whole field versus one car at this point. He’s the best driver at this race track hands-down. They’ve got it figured out at Atlanta whatever it is. If I knew what it is, I would do it, but the fastest car won the race as it should.”