Joey Logano started and finished in the sixth position with the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in Sunday’s Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. While the box score would make it appear that it was just an average day for the Shell-Pennzoil Ford, the true story would show that the 22 team is poised to make a championship run yet again. On the first lap of the event, Logano made contact with another competitor in the first turn, nearly spinning as the field exited Turn 2. The contact resulted in right-front fender damage to the No. 22 Ford, which the team would have to work on through multiple stops later in the race. Logano remained determined, working his way from the ninth position inside the top-five before making his first pit stop of the day. On the stop, crew chief Todd Gordon instructed the team clear the fender, while making a four-tire stop and adjusting the air pressures to help Logano who was battling a loose condition. At the end of the first stage, Logano found himself in the fifth position, earning five points towards the regular season championship. Through quick pit work, including a wedge adjustment, the team gained a position during the sequence. Logano was forced to pit early at lap 119 when he felt a severe vibration, the unscheduled stop would drop the 22 from the lead lap and serve as the starting point for the team’s impressive recovery. At the end of the second stage, Logano found himself in 14th, still one lap down to the leaders. On the fourth stop of the day, Gordon had the team finish the repairs to the finder and repair a hole in the right front cowl flap, caused by debris kicked up from the right front tire. More trouble would find the team at Lap 220, when Logano again pitted for a vibration, this time for a loose wheel. However, through late race cautions and the team’s resilience, Logano would battle back to the lead lap after being down two laps to the race leader. Crew chief Todd Gordon opted to take the wave around on two separate occasions, which resulted in getting the team back on the lead lap and in position to contend for a top-10 finish in the closing stages of the event. Logano restarted the race at lap 314 in the 14th positon, and quickly gained four spots on the first lap. From there, Logano set his sights on gaining as many championship points as he could get in the remaining 10 laps. Logano worked the Shell-Pennzoil Ford back to the sixth position where the afternoon started.

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500