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Pocono finish frustrates the 22 Crew
No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion – Joey Logano
Laps Completed: 160/160
Laps Led: 97
Points Position (behind first): 2nd (-46)
Recap: Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion dominated Sunday's Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway, leading 97 of the 160 laps before running out of fuel while leading with just three laps to go and eventually finishing 20th. Logano ran third early in the event and stayed there until the first caution of the day – a competition caution on lap 15 – when he came out of the pits in the 12th position. Logano had a great restart and raced his way up to fifth in just two laps, eventually finally working his way into the lead during green-flag pit stops on lap 39. Once out front, Logano and crew chief Todd Gordon would work their pit strategy perfectly to keep their track position up front. As several rounds of green-flag stops continued, Logano would slip back with cars coming in on different laps, but eventually work his way back to the lead. Once up front, Logano would run the fastest laps on the track and pull out to a commanding lead. With fuel strategy likely to decide the winner of the race, Gordon called Logano to pit road for the final time on lap 123, leaving 37 laps to the finish. Logano would again find his way to the front and pull to a big lead before Gordon ordered Logano to start saving fuel. With many of the front runners saving gas, Logano continued to hold a commanding lead while in fuel conservation mode. However, with just three laps to go and while in the lead, Logano ran out of fuel on the back stretch and coasted to the pits, losing the top spot. Logano then got a speeding penalty while coasting in to get gas, relegating him to 20th as the checkers flew. Logano led a race-high 97 laps in the dominating but disappointing performance. Even with the finish, Logano made up points on leader Kevin Harvick and now sits just 46 points behind the leader.
Quote: "I guess our numbers, from what Todd said, was good enough to make it by a half a lap. I was saving fuel just to cushion it. I thought I was going to be good and then I started running out and knew we weren't going to make it. It was tough. We did everything right today. We had such a fast Shell Pennzoil Ford and got clean air and stayed up there and the pit crew did awesome on pit road and kept me up where I needed to. We keep getting so close to these wins and they don't happen and it is so frustrating. The truth is that is if we keep racing hard and racing to the front we will win races. We were so close. You are counting down the laps in your head thinking you are going to make it but just didn't do it. I am so proud still of what we did today and it was a great weekend and we are happy about the speed we have in our cars and the way we executed, we just have to figure out why we didn't have enough gas."