· Joey Logano started seventh in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, but was inside the top-five within the first lap, thanks to starting in the preferred inside lane. Through the first 40 laps of the opening stage, Logano ran inside the top-five, as high as fourth, but reported the Shell-Pennzoil Ford was too tight in the center of the turns, while being too loose on entry.

· Logano continued to run top-three lap times throughout the long green flag period to end the first stage in the fourth position. The team adjusted on the car with a slight air pressure and stagger adjustment.

· Throughout Stage 2, the Shell-Pennzoil Ford continued to run in the top-five, ultimately finishing third in the segment. A vibration with 10 laps remaining continued to intensify until the green-checkered flag. Crew chief Todd Gordon called for four tires and a wedge adjustment to help work on the tight handling condition. In making the wedge adjustment, unfortunately, the team dropped four positions on the stop.

· Through the opening portion of the final stage, Logano ran inside the top-five, but still needed a little more center turn in his Ford Fusion. During the second half of the final stage, the team suffered a slow pit stop due to an issue on the right front and lost several positions. When the caution flag was displayed on lap 302, Logano and the No. 22 team found themselves a lap down with only four cars on the lead lap due to varying pit strategy. The team elected to take the wave around to regain their lost lap. Logano reported he was still really fast through turns 1 and 2, but lacked overall grip in turns 3 and 4.

· Over the final 20 laps Logano rallied from 10th to finish sixth, his sixth top-10 finish of the season and moved up to the second position in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver points.



“We scored some stage points, finishing fourth and third in the stages but at the end the caution came out and kind of bit us. We just didn’t pass enough cars at the end to get back up there. We made some good changes at the end. My Shell-Pennzoil Ford was pretty good and probably could have ran third but that caution came and those guys were hoping for that and they got track position on us.”

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