Joey Logano and the No. 22 team gave another meaning to “blowing up” the race when they finished Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
With only six laps to go, a windshield tear-off was trapped on the front grill of Logano’s Ford Fusion, leading to airflow being restricted to the radiator and his race engine basically overheating.
“We hit a piece of debris with about five to go… I say ‘piece,’ but it was huge. I think it was a tear-off, and we got really hot, but the car started handling really good when it was on there, and we got another spot because of it,” Logano said post-race.
When Logano crossed the finish line, smoke was billowing out from under the hood and into the driver compartment.
Despite his issues, Logano finished fourth at Chicagoland, and is currently sitting third in Sprint Cup Chase standings, behind elder statesman Jeff Gordon and teammate Brad Keselowski, who was the eventual winner.
The Sprint Cup Series heads to New Hampshire this weekend, where Logano is a past winner and has an average finish of 17th.
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