race review

· Joey Logano steered clear of a multi-car accident on the final lap to finish third in the Clash Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.

· Logano started seventh in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. He quickly moved his way to the high line and into the fourth position.

· The race was halted for rain on lap 9 for a brief red flag period. Logano told crew chief Todd Gordon that the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang was really good through the opening laps. When the race resumed, Logano reported the handling of the Mustang had swung to the loose side, prompting the team to make an air pressure adjustment on the pit stop just prior to the caution on lap 25.

· On the restart, Logano was shuffled back to 12th position. As the field singled out, Logano began asking spotter T.J. Majors about the cars around him and calculating the risk of making the move to the inside line as the remainder of the field ran against the wall.

· Logano was running 12th when the yellow flag was again displayed on lap 40 for a light rain shower moving through the Daytona Beach area. Logano was able to organize with teammates Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski on lap 51 and rally back towards the front. On lap 57, Jimmie Johnson and Paul Menard tangled while battling for the lead, triggering a 17-car pileup. Logano safely avoided the incident and was credited with a third-place finish when the race was halted for rain on lap 59.



“We worked our way up into maybe the fourth spot when they started crashing in front of us. I’m proud that we were able to make the bottom work at least a little bit, but it’s just tough sledding down there. If you can get a few cars to commit with you, you can make it happen. We had the Penske Fords and a couple other Fords down there with us as well and we were able to move fast, so I think that’s a good sign for what the 500 brings for our cars. I feel like we’ve got fast cars that can commit to each other and we can draw to the front from the bottom lane. I didn’t see many other cars be able to do that, so that was good.”


The Clash