Start: 28th | Finish: 14th | Stage One: 18th | Stage Two: 19th | Points: 17th

race review

Joey Logano was credited with a 14th-place finish in a rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the crown jewel event was declared official after 249 laps. The No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang was forced to start at the rear of the field after replacing the diffuser due to an issue in Saturday’s practice, but Logano charged forward to pick up 14 spots in the first 20 laps. Following a caution on lap 87 to set up restart with seven laps to go in Stage 1, Logano battled through traffic to come away with an 18th-place finish in the opening segment. The 22-team was one of two cars to take right side tires only during the stage break – vaulting Logano up to sixth in the running order for the ensuing restart – in order to flip their track position for the start of Stage 2. However, fresher tires prevailed as Logano was shuffled outside the top-20 during the green flag run as a tight-handling condition began to set in. The Shell-Pennzoil team continued to go to work on the balance throughout the 100-lap segment before the caution flew on lap 196, signaling the end of Stage 2 and a 19th-place result for Logano. As inclement weather began to make its way closer to the area, Logano’s handling started to settle in as he raced his way back into the top-15 before the yellow flag was displayed on lap 245. The red flag officially came out on lap 249 with Logano scored 14th in the running order before the race was declared official just before midnight.

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 “Challenging race starting in the back and not knowing what we were going to have after the diffuser issues we had in practice. We were off on the balance for the first few runs but got it in a place where we were starting to get better and make our way through the field a bit. But we ran out of time with the rain – I think we could’ve bettered our position if we went back racing, just didn’t get the opportunity.”

WHAT’S NEXT: Next up for NASCAR Cup Series teams is a trip to Word Wide Technology Raceway for the Enjoy Illinois 300. The 300-mile event is scheduled for Sunday, June 2 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.