Joey Logano made the trip to a second NASCAR Cup Series championship by beating Sunday afternoon.
Logano dominated Sunday’s 312 mile season finale at Phoenix Raceway, winning the race and the second cup championship of his career. He easily overtook the contenders for the championship Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell as well as Chase Elliott.
Notably, on Sunday, Logano was ahead of three other drivers in the championship on every green flag lap but one.
Logano took the lead after a restart with 33 laps to go, crashing out of third place and overtaking the leader. Chase Briscoe. Chastain was seventh at the restart and couldn’t keep up with Logano, who had the best car for most of the day. Chastain was successful in the last few laps but was unable to challenge Logano.
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Following Logano in the top five were Ryan Blaney (Logano’s Penske teammate), Chastain, Briscoe and Kevin Harvick. Blaney failed to win a race (other than an All-Star) for the first time since the 2016 season.
Bell finished 10th and Elliot finished 28th.
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The race for the title turned into a final mile contest between Logano and Chastain. Bell went down due to a slow pit stop and Elliott’s car was damaged earlier in the race.
The Logano Championship ended a successful year for team owner Roger Penske. Strength of will won the IndyCar title for Team Penske, marking the first time Penske had won both championships in the same year.
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Logano, 32, became the first Ford driver to win two Cups since David Pearson won the titles in 1968 and 1969. Logano became the 17th driver to win multiple cups.
“It’s all about championships,” Logano said. “That’s the whole point, and we’ve been working so hard the last couple of weeks trying to put ourselves in our place. And everything that happened in 2020, I knew we just wanted to have a good time and do it today. I can’t thank Ford and Shell-Pennzoil for supporting me over the past 10 years and we won a couple of championships today. All our partners in Team Penske, everyone who works on these cars. Winning these championships is a big deal. It affects the lives of many people.”
A major incident involving championship contenders occurred at the restart with 112 laps to go. Elliot fell inside entering Turn 1 and Chastain cut him off from behind. The contact sent Elliot sideways and into an inner wall, damaging his car. Elliot lost a lap while his team was repairing it and dropped to 30th. Slowed down by an injury, he finished 28th, two laps down.
Logano, who took pole, led all 60 laps to win the first stage. There were no warnings at the first stage.
Ty Gibbs, who won the Xfinity Series championship on Saturday, missed Sunday’s race due to the death of his father, Coy, vice chairman of Joe Gibbs Racing. A moment of silence was held in memory of Coe Gibbs before the race.
Stage 1 winner: Joey Logano
Stage 2 winner: Ryan Blaney
Who had a good race: To be very obvious, Joey Logano. Team Penske dominated Sunday, leading 187 laps en route to a second championship. Winning the race was just a bonus. … Ryan Blaney did everything but win this year (except for the All-Star race) and followed his teammate home on Sunday. … Kyle Bush finished a respectable seventh in his last run with Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota on a very tough day for everyone associated with the team.
Who had a bad race: Chase Elliott was on the wrong end of contact with fellow championship contender Ross Chastain and never recovered from the damage to his car. … Another fire? Yes. Brad Keselowski finished his first season as team owner due to a car fire, finishing 35th.
Next: The 2023 Cup season is due to begin on Feb. 5 Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Take a look at the winners and losers of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series final at Phoenix Raceway:
Joey Logano Logano rolled into Phoenix with fire in his eyes, seemingly determined to have a good race and win a second championship. He rode much better than “good”, leading 187 laps and winning the race and the title. Only 32, he could win a few more.
Ross Chastain – The best rider of the year could not finish the season with a big trophy, but took a solid third place in the race and second place in the final standings. Would his move at Martinsville in Phoenix have worked on the last lap? We will never know.
Chase Briscoe Briscoe led 11 laps and spent most of the day running ahead of the championship contenders.
Daniel Hemrick Called in at the last minute to replace Ty Gibbs in a difficult situation, Chemrick did a good job avoiding trouble and finishing 17th on the lead lap.
Alex Bowman – Bowman’s return race after he was ruled out due to concussion symptoms failed. A late race crash left him 34th.
Brad Keselowski – A fire in the wheel well ended Keselowski’s day on lap 270.
Chase Elliott “It was a tough final day of racing for Elliott, who was considered by many to be the championship favorite in Phoenix. His hopes for the title effectively ended after contact with Ross Chastain.
Avondale, Arizona – Joey Logano held his 4-year-old son’s hand as they pulled out the checkered flag together Sunday at Phoenix Raceway. previous night Ty Gibbs celebrating the victory with his father.
Fathers and sons form the backbone of NASCAR. Allisons. Petty. Jarretts. Elliotts. Earnhardts. Their connections grew as they entertained fathers and sons in the stands for years.
“I’m definitely proud of him,” Coy Gibbs said Saturday night of Ty. “I have always supported him like a father.”
A few hours later, Coy Gibbs died in his sleep. He was 49.
“It’s just sad,” Logano said. “I have no words. … I feel for Ty more than anything.”
Logano spoke as a newly crowned two-time Cup champion after winning Sunday’s season finale at Phoenix Raceway. He celebrated with Hudson, the eldest of Logano’s three children.
They walked hand in hand to receive the checkered flag. A NASCAR official handed it over to Hudson, who skipped the track while still holding his father’s hand.
Hudson was later loaded into the No. 22 hot rod, which his father drove to victory. They went on a short father and son ride, making donuts on their way to Victory Lane.
“Ever since[Kevin]Harvick gave his son a ride in the car, I’ve always wanted to do it with Hudson,” Logano said, referring to the ride Harvick gave his son Keelan after winning Michigan in August 2019. “(Hudson) is such a small car. It was a special moment when we rode together.”
That they got a cut at this point was memorable to Logano, who says that Hudson is “just a little bit of me. I see so much of myself in him.”
Proximity to cars is the bond they share.
“Every night before bed, he wants to talk about race cars and his backyard karting,” Logano said. “We have a connection… we read car magazines. This is his bedtime story. He wants to look at classic car magazines.”
Hudson will have a lot to talk about with his father before going to bed in the coming nights after participating in the victory celebration.
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