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• Joey Logano claimed a second consecutive victory in the Bluegreen Vacations Duels at Daytona, powering to Victory Lane in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang, leading 19 laps and scoring 10 points with the victory. The win secured Logano the third starting position in Sunday afternoon’s Daytona 500, where Logano will be seeking a second victory.
• Logano worked in the outside line with numerous Ford Performance teammates as the race began, remaining inside the top-10 as the field ran the opening laps side-by-side. On the tenth lap of the race, the top lane began to prevail with Logano moving into the top-five for the first time of the event.
• During the opening run, Logano reported the Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang was good overall with the handling only slightly free. However, 24 laps into the run, Logano reported the car had begun four-wheel skating. With the Chevrolet and Toyota competitors electing to pit, the Ford Performance competitors remained on track, attempting to make speed and put distance over the other cars.
• The Ford contingent began to hit pit road at lap 29 when a multi-vehicle incident ensued, collecting Penske teammate Ryan Blaney. The No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil crew elected to pit for four tires and an air pressure adjustment, looking to give Logano stability for the final laps. The team would have to pit from the fourth position.
• When the race resumed, Logano restarted fourth and quickly powered to the lead with a push from the No. 10 Ford Mustang of Aric Almirola. As the field began to shuffle, Logano found his way to the bottom line, with the top-six cars all being Fords. Logano used drafting help from Almirola to maintain the lead as the laps clicked off.
• On the final lap as the field began to battle behind the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Mustang, Logano was able to pull ahead and claim victory in the first Bluegreen Vacation Duel at Daytona. The victory is the second consecutive for Logano in a Duel qualifying race, as Logano won the second Duel in 2019 with a last lap pass.

 

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“We had a really good Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang tonight. TJ (Majors) did a great job spotting and keeping ahead of who had the runs and when we needed to change lanes. Aric Almirola really helped us get to Victory Lane, his pushes late in the race were critical to keeping us out front. It’s great to get a win this early in the year with this group and build some momentum heading into the Daytona 500 Sunday.”

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