thanks for the details Shmoopy - but yeah this was one of those races you probably didn't need to tune in to the team radio or postrace comments to figure out that they had massive struggles on pit road, continual changes were being made on the car, and Ryan just wasn't happy. When I saw Danica get ahead of him late in the race that was probably the lowest point the 39 has had...since the last Loudon race.
What happened with SHR at this track, just a few years ago they were great, even Denny Hamlin "stole" their setup with Grubb in 2012 and dominated. I guess with this Gen6 they just can't figure it out at some places, sadly only the Kenseth 20 team looks like they have.
But with the first pit stall and great track position for the first half of the race, they should have just gritted it out more than they did....I don't understand all the 4-tire stops. I'm not sure they ever went 2 tires other than the first (which the team lost a few spots I think even on that?). Why not just play the track position game and go for 2 tires more, utilize that first stall to jump out ahead of some other guys, I think a top 10 could have been a realistic result.