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Joey Logano started 10th and finished 37th in Monday afternoon’s Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. While the end result would portray a very dismal day in the Pocono’s, Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil crew had an incredibly solid day going until an incident just past lap 100 in the race relegated them to the back of the field. After starting in the 10th position, Logano wasted little time working his way to the top five, and then taking the lead on lap 33. Crew chief Todd Gordon called for several small adjustments on the first two stops of the race, both times the Shell-Pennzoil crew helped Logano leap frog other competitors with stellar pit work. Logano would lead the Pennsylvania 400 three different times for a total of 38 laps. The team would pit from the lead at lap 100 for a four-tire stop as other teams opted to remain on the track, having pitted at the previous caution, thus dropping the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford to the 16th position. On the ensuing restart, Logano was working his way back towards the top ten when contact with another competitor sent him into the wall and back to the garage where the team would make major repairs and return him to the track 23 laps down. The race was stopped short of the advertised distance at lap 138 where inclement weather forced the premature end.

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“The Shell Pennzoil Ford was fast and really good on restarts. We were able to drive up to the lead a few times. Only if it had rained a little earlier we would have had a lot different outcome. We had a new rear carrier today and he came out of the gate swinging which is awesome. I am super proud of that. There were a lot of positives today. We just ended on a negative note racing hard and trying to get back up there after that caution. We all had to pit because we tried to win the race when it rained and we lost our track position and then the 24 got loose under me. It is just part of racing. It stinks to be on this end of it. It is just part of it.”