Start: 6th
Finish: 14th

Stage One: 22nd
Stage Two: 7th

Points: 12th

race review

Joey Logano started from the outside of row three Sunday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway and battled a tight-handling Ford Mustang on the initial run, positioning him ninth at the time of the first caution on lap 14. Logano and the No. 22 team altered their strategy from the leaders and opted to pit under yellow for four tires, fuel, and a round of adjustments to neutralize the balance as Logano took the ensuing green flag from 27th. Logano fought his way through traffic on the following run to come away with a 22nd-place finish in Stage 1. The No. 22 team’s strategy allowed Logano to stay on the race track during the stage break and restarted 12th for the second segment of the afternoon. Following an incident with the leaders on lap 64, Logano was brought to pit road for right-side tires and fuel before making an additional stop to top off on fuel before the race went back green. Shortly after the ensuing restart rain began to fall around the track to bring the race to a halt on lap 74, forcing a Monday afternoon resumption to finish the FireKeepers Casino 400. Once the red flag was lifted just before 1 p.m. ET Monday, several of the leaders opted to pit before going back green which allowed Logano to restart from 14th. The caution flag flew on lap 102 with the laps winding down in Stage 2 and Logano stayed out in search of stage points as he lined up sixth with 13 laps remaining in the stage. Logano battled with the leaders during the sprint to the green-and-white checkered flag to come away with a seventh-place result in Stage 2. Following a four-tire stop and a round of adjustments during the stage break, Logano restarted 19th and reported a vibration in the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Mustang in the opening laps of the run. As green flag pit stops began to cycle up front, Logano made his way into the top-10 on lap 158 and ran as high as sixth during the final stage. Logano made his final trip to pit road on lap 173 for a scheduled, green flag pit stop as the No. 22 team stretched the fuel window as far as they could. The race remained green the rest of the way while Logano worked his way back into the top-15 to come away with a 14th-place finish.


“We had a decent day with our Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang. I feel like we were better today than Sunday, but obviously track position was key no matter what and I thought our strategy calls put us in a good position throughout the day. We worked hard on it the last few days and glad we were able to get a Ford in victory lane here. Wish it was us, obviously, but we’ll keep working on it as the regular season winds down.”

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on Sunday, August 13 for the Verizon 200. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. E.T. on NBC, IMS Radio Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.