All three Team Penske drivers finished in the top five Sunday in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
Joey Logano was second, Brad Keselowski third and Ryan Blaney fifth to cap the impressive afternoon for the trio of Ford drivers.
“We were racing hard and no matter who got to the lead, the 18 (Kyle Busch) was going to pass us,” Logano explained about his at times battle with teammates for position. “He was the best car today. We have some work to do to get faster but the team did a great job today.
“We gave it a solid run. I hate being that close. The last few laps you are running up against the wall and he had a big enough lead to kind of cruise a little and you are just hoping a lap car gets in the way or something. It was solid. We have a lot of momentum on this race team right now.”
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Keselowski led 40 laps Sunday afternoon but said although his car was fast, it needed some adjustments throughout the race to get better.
“We were a little off really all day,” Keselowski said. “We got a lot better from the first run till the end. We were so strong in practice. The track changing kind of threw us for a loop with the wind. Just never could get right off of turn two. Ended up kind of costing us the race there with the 22 (Logano). I couldn’t stay in front.
“But the team, Team Penske, the Wurth Ford Mustang, these guys worked really hard on this car to get it back. I brushed the wall a little bit earlier, they fixed it, got us back. They kept working on it and still had a solid day.”
While Logano and Keselowski have already won this year, Blaney has not. But he believes his team is improving and after Sunday’s fifth place finish is optimistic about what lies ahead.
“We ran pretty decent all day,” Blaney said. “We just weren’t very good the first run but we got a lot better. We had a lap and a half on our tires when the caution came out. I thought if I could control the race from the front row and be the leader that I might be able to hold on because i thought our car was pretty good at the time.
“I was fourth by the time we got to turn one. I got no push. It took 10 laps for it to come in and we were eighth and drove back to fifth. We had a really fast PPG Ford Mustang, we just never got the lead or track position with equal tires and that hurt us but overall not a bad day.”