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race review

• Joey Logano started Sunday’s Daytona 500 from the ninth position and finished 12th in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang following a last-lap incident on the backstretch while leading the race. Logano led 24 of the final 25 laps and nearly earned his second Daytona 500 victory before it was derailed by contact in turn 3. Logano and the Shell-Pennzoil Ford team spent the majority of the race, which was delayed for nearly six hours due to rain, running inside the top five.
• As Logano worked his way to the front of the field from his ninth-place starting spot, the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang sustained only minor damage during a multi-vehicle accident on lap 14. A red flag put the race on pause on lap 15 when lighting and rain descended on Daytona. When racing finally resumed shortly after 9 p.m. ET Sunday, the team repaired the earlier damage to the No. 22 Ford and added four tires with a trackbar adjustment. Logano finished the second stage of the race in the eighth position and on the ensuing pit stop, the Shell-Pennzoil team installed four new tires and made an air pressure adjustment.
• As the second stage began, Logano continued to improve his position as he worked with teammate Austin Cindric on the high lane around Daytona International Speedway. Logano finished the second stage in the sixth position. On the stage-ending stop, the Shell-Pennzoil crew continued to adjust the chassis and the air pressure on the No. 22 Mustang as temperatures continued to fall later into the evening.
• Logano ran inside in the top three until the top Ford Performance competitors visited pit road on lap 170. The Shell-Pennzoil Mustang took on two tires and fuel as the team positioned itself for the end of the race. On lap 175, Logano and the No. 22 Ford moved into the race lead with four other Ford competitors filling out the top five.
• On the final lap, Logano maintained his lead before contact with the No. 2 Ford in turn 3 sent both cars spinning. The incident triggered a multi-car crash as the field approached the finish line. The Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang team saw its bid for a second Daytona 500 win fall short as Logano and the team were credited with a 12th-place result.

 

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“I hate that we didn’t win with the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang, but at least we had a Ford in victory lane tonight. I’m really happy for (race winner) Michael McDowell – he’s a great guy, a great person and a good leader in life. He’s helped me a lot in my life, so it’s very cool to see him win the Daytona 500.”