Motorsports News

LOGANO SETS A NUMBER OF CAREER HIGHS WITH PENSKE RACING

 

HOMESTEAD, Florida – (November 17, 2013) - Joey Logano started Sunday’s final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of 2013, the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, in the third position behind the wheel of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion.

After running in fourth place over the first handful of laps, Logano fell back to the back half of the top 10, where he would run for a majority of the afternoon.

Throughout the race, Logano reported that the No. 22 Ford Fusion ran extremely loose, both entering and exiting the corners.  Despite a number of huge adjustments all afternoon long, the loose condition was something that would hinder the team all day.

The No. 22 pit crew did a great job on pit road, but several four- tire stops resulted in Logano often coming out of the pits a few positions worse than he entered.  Despite the lost spots in the pits, Logano was able to drive his way back into the back half of the top 10.  Crew chief Todd Gordon continued to make huge adjustments with tire pressure and wedge changes to keep up with the changing track conditions as night descended on the speedway. 

Logano took advantage of several caution flags late in the race to earn a couple of key positions.  Late in the race, Logano ran as low as 11th, but he was able to race his way back to eighth place when the checkered flags flew on the race and on the season.  With his eighth-place run, his 19th top-10 finish of the season, Logano ended up eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings – a career-best for the 23-year-old.  Logano was the highest-finishing Ford driver in the NASCAR season point standings.

Logano produced career highs in top five (11) and top 10 (19) finishes and matched career bests in wins (one) and poles (two) this season.  The next race for the team will be the February 23rd “Daytona 500” at Daytona International Speedway.