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Joey Logano started and finished tenth in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion Sunday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. The finish for Logano and his Shell-Pennzoil team paints an average picture of a race that was completed over two-days amid ever changing weather and track conditions, and treated fans with incredible action on the high-banked Tennessee half-mile. When the race began Saturday evening after an extensive rain delay, Logano worked himself forward from his tenth starting position, however, around lap 30 he made contact with the outside wall. The race would be stopped due to inclement weather and rescheduled to finish on Sunday afternoon. The team was forced to wait until their first pit stop at lap 85 on Sunday afternoon to repair the damage to the sustained to the right-rear quarter panel. Logano would restart in 17th position and drop to 23rd following the first stop. However, as the 67 lap green flag run continued, Logano began picking up momentum and regaining positions. At lap 158, the team would again have an opportunity to adjust on the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, utilizing wedge and air pressure adjustments. From there, Logano would drive his way back inside the top-10 and then into the top-five as he turned some of the fastest laps of the race. At lap 367, the Shell-Pennzoil crew would gain their driver two spots on pit road and put the car into the lead. On the ensuing restart, Logano narrowly missed a spinning competitor as a large chain-reaction incident ensued, collecting teammate Brad Keselowski and other lead lap competitors. On what was to be the team’s final pit stop at Lap 417, crew chief Todd Gordon called for four tires, Logano returned to the track but was forced to pit again to secure a loose lug nut. The additional pit stop would force Logano to restart at the tail end of the field in 18th position, the last car on the lead lap. Throughout the remaining 60 laps, Logano worked his way back to the tenth position.

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“It was eventful Bristol. It seems like at this race track there’s always something that happens. Whether it’s on the team side or the driver’s side it seems like that happens a lot at this race track. There was a point during the race at about lap 400 where we got to the lead with the Shell-Pennzoil Ford and we were fast. The race track was where we thought it would be and everything was kind of working as planned, and the next thing you know the 41 spun and we got some damage from that. We pitted for that and had a lugnut off the left-rear, so we came in to fix that, and then it rained and the track just changed. After it rained everything changed and the car wasn’t as fast. We got back up to 10th and I thought we were going to drive to fifth on that last run because we were really fast the run before when the track was rubbered up, but once it cleaned up we just lost a little bit of speed. We overcame a lot. I guess that’s the positive and the bright side of it.”