Penske Racing: Tough in Texas

Not an easy weekend at Texas Motor Speedway for the Captain.

FORT WORTH, Tex - The spring race at Texas brought consternation to Penske Racing. The rear housings of drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano failed pre-race inspection, ultimately leading to penalties to both teams.

Though Logano's No. 22 Ford barely made it to the grid in time for the start of the race, he salvaged a fifth-place finish. On Sunday, without the drama, he improved to a career-best third.

To achieve that result, crew chief Todd Gordon paid close attention to the set-up in Keselowski's car, which had qualified second in Friday's time trials.

"Yeah, it was a very uneventful Texas race, which is what we wanted after the first one," Logano said. "So the guys in the AAA Fusion did a great job overnight kind of looking at what Brad's car had and what we went through in practice, because there are times in practice I thought we were one of the fastest cars here, and there were times in practice I thought we were a 10th- to 15th-place car.

"So we kind of went through our notes and made sure we understood all the changes and put together a fast race car today. From the start of the race we started moving our way forward. I felt like I was a second- or third-place car all night."

By Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano
Teams Team Penske
Article type Breaking news
Tags failed pre-race inspection, ford, keselowski, logano, penske, rear housing, todd gordon