A week after winning the Sprint All-Star Race, Joey Logano finished ninth in the Coca-Cola 600 after recovering from a pit road penalty.

A week after winning the Sprint All-Star Race, Joey Logano finished ninth in the Coca-Cola 600 after recovering from a pit road penalty.

The Team Penske started from outside the front row next to eventual race winner Martin Truex Jr. But while the Furniture Row Racing driver was dominating the night, Logano had his hands full.

He fell back early but still managed to stay near the front of the field while Truex Jr. took off. But any chance of staying remotely close to the lead ended when Logano was penalized for crewmember(s) over the wall too soon during a 254 pit stop.

Logano was forced to serve a pass-through penalty under green on lap 257 for the infraction.

“We got a pit road penalty,” Logano said. “You’re trying to make pit stops so fast and you’re gonna push everything to the edge. I guess we jumped off the wall a little bit too soon. I haven’t seen it, but unfortunately, that kind of made us make a green flag pit stop, which is really hard to overcome. Overall, we were able to get our lap back by racing up there, which was kind of cool. We didn’t have to take a lucky dog or any of that.

“We actually raced back to the lead lap, but we lost the balance a little bit on the last run and I couldn’t make much time once we got going.

But once back on the lead lap, Logano found himself back in traffic where it was hard to make up positions.

“We kind of settled in there and it was hard to pass tonight, so I had a lot better car than ninth – that’s for sure,” he said. “I had something that could have finished in the top three or four, and maybe second. We didn’t have anything for the 78. Martin Truex was on fire tonight and really all weekend. They had it figured out.

“We had our own battle to worry about. There were times that we were racing him up front for the lead on restarts. We’d run with him for a while and then eventually on the long run he just took off. We had nothing for him, but at times I thought we were definitely a second-place car, but unfortunately it’s a distant second.”