Stage One: 24th
Stage Two: 13th
Joey Logano started from row six in Sunday’s afternoon’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Watkins Glen and battled a loose-handling condition from the onset of the 90-lap race. The No. 22 team joined a handful of cars in pitting before the end of Stage 1 as Logano was brought to pit road on lap 17 for four tires and a round of adjustments, resulting in a 24th-place finish in the opening, 20-lap segment. After a majority of the leaders pitted in the laps following the stage end, Logano made his way into the top-10 on lap 23 before eventually settling into 13th in the running order where he would cross the line to end Stage 2 on lap 40 as the entire stage was run under green flag conditions. The No. 22 team maxed out its fuel run in order to make it to the end on just two stops as Logano made his final trip to pit road on lap 54 for four tires, fuel, and adjustments with the handling of his Ford Mustang beginning to deteriorate at the end of the run. As Logano was making his way off pit road, the caution flag flew and shuffled the running order in the process with several cars yet to make their final stops of the afternoon. Once the leaderboard shuffled under yellow, Logano lined up to restart ninth with 30 laps to go and settled into 11th in the running order during the following laps. Logano made his way back into the top-10 with 15 to go and secured his seventh-career top-10 finish at the 2.45 mile road course.
“We executed a better race this time, which is nicer than last week, which is good. It just wasn’t really good, in general. I wasn’t fast. We did a good job as a team. The bottom line is we have to go faster.”
WHAT’S NEXT: The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for the regular season finale on Saturday, August 26 for the Coke Zero Sugar 400. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. E.T. on NBC, MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.