· Joey Logano started second in Sunday afternoon’s South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the No. 22 Pennzoil Ford Fusion, but charged into the lead on the opening lap. Logano led the opening 33 laps, but reported the Pennzoil Ford Fusion was too tight. He dropped to third before pitting for four tires and adjustments on lap 38.

· Logano continued to struggle with the tight handling condition during the second run of the race. He drifted outside the top-five as the laps clicked off in Stage 1. Logano reported that while the adjustments on the first stop helped, now everyone had improved as well. Crew chief Todd Gordon elected to adjust again with air pressure on stop during the stage caution on lap 84. Great work by the Pennzoil crew gained Logano four positions, moving Logano up to third-place when Stage 2 went green on lap 87.

· During the third run of the race, Logano ran inside the top-five but reported the handling of the Pennzoil Ford was now loose. During the stop on lap 111, the team went the opposite direction on air pressure adjustments from the previous stop.

· As the second stage drew to a close, Logano used a friendly tip from spotter TJ Majors, who advised him to move up to the top groove. Logano was able to maintain his position until the caution flag was displayed at lap 147. The team elected to pit for additional adjustments, but there was an issue on the right front, resulting in the team dropping four positions for the ensuing restart. Logano scrambled back to finish sixth when the second stage finished on lap 160.

· Under the caution at lap 182, Logano reported the balance of the No. 22 Pennzoil Ford was the best it had been throughout the event. Logano had moved past cars on differing pit strategies on the restart, and settled in among the top-five.

· He reported on lap 215 that he needed additional turn in the center on the short runs, but also needed to maintain rear grip on the long runs. The team made additional air pressure adjustments and excellent pit work put Logano in second-place for the restart, alongside teammate Brad Keselowski.

· Logano vaulted to the lead with a solid push on the restart, holding the top position until the caution was displayed on lap 232. He restarted third after making a pit stop for their final set of new tires. Logano battled through multiple late race restarts to finish fourth position after leading 46 laps.



“The 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) was the fastest car. After three laps he was really quick but the first three laps he was a little bit off. We had a good restart with the 2 (Brad Keselowski) here at the end. There is so much more drive on the bottom there. You could hook up the rear tires and squirt ahead of the field there. Overall I am proud of the effort this weekend. We had a good Pennzoil Ford. I just wish I could do it one more time.”


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