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NASCAR Saturday schedule for Phoenix Raceway Joey Logano wins race, NASCAR Cup Series championship NASCAR community mourns Coy Gibbs Coy Gibbs, son of NASCAR and NFL Hall of Famer and father of Xfinity champ, dies at 49 Daniel Hemric replaces Ty Gibbs in No. 23 at Phoenix finale after death of Coy Gibbs

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NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series drivers will be on track Saturday at Phoenix Raceway as the season approaches its final two days.

Cup and Xfinity qualifying sessions are scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Xfinity drivers will qualify at 2:30 pm ET (NBC Sports App) and Cup drivers will qualify at 3:35 pm ET (US Network).

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The Xfinity Champion will be crowned on Saturday night. The final race of the Xfinity season is scheduled for 6:00 pm ET (US network).

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Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott as well as Ross Chastain will race for the Cup in Sunday’s 312-mile race (3:00 pm ET, NBC). The driver who takes first place in Championship 4 will receive the title.

Phoenix Raceway (Cup and Xfinity)

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Saturday: Mostly sunny. Maximum 71 with a 2% chance of rain.

Saturday, November 5

Garage open

  • 10:00 – 18:00 – Series Cup
  • 10:30 – Xfinity series

Activity Tracking

  • 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM – Xfinity Series Qualifier (NBC Sports App)
  • 15:35 – 16:50 – Cup Series Qualifier (USA Network, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 6:00 pm Xfinity Series Race (200 laps, 200 miles; USA Network, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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.

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.

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 fixing it and dropped to 30th. Slowed down due to damage, he ended up completing two more laps.

Logano, who took pole, led all 60 laps to win the first stage. There were no warnings at the first stage.

The first warning on the track occurred at the beginning of the second stage, when Landon Cassill bounced off the outer wall on the 2nd turn and was hit Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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

Next: The 2023 Cup season is due to begin on Feb. 5 Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Avondale, Arizona. The NASCAR world was in mourning Sunday as the death of Coy Gibbs overshadowed the Cup Series championship final at Phoenix Raceway.

Gibbs, vice chairman and chief operating officer of Joe Gibbs Racing, died in his sleep at the age of 49 just hours after his son Ty won the 2022 Xfinity Series championship with a season finale win.

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France said in a statement that “We are heartbroken at the loss of Coy Gibbs.”

“Racing is a family, and the relationship within the entire garage goes much deeper than racing on the track,” said David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development, in a press release. “Today we lost a precious part of our family. The loss of Coy Gibbs is devastating for everyone at Toyota and TRD. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to Joe, Pat, Heather, Ty, Case, Jett and Elle, as well as the entire Gibbs family and the Joe Gibbs Racing family.”

Longtime JGR drivers Denny Hamlin as well as Kyle Bush (who was making his final start as Gibbs’ driver before moving to Richard Childress Racing the following season) both tweeted that they would be racing with a heavy heart on the 1-mile oval.

“Today we will do what we don’t want to do, but we will unite as a family and fight for the name on our chest,” wrote Hamlin.

On the grid before the race, Busch appeared to be trembling during the playing of the national anthem, which followed Gibbs’ minute of silence in the call.

“Words cannot describe this day,” Bush wrote on social media. “Today should have been hard enough, but now it’s even more painful. With a broken heart.”

On Sunday, Joe Gibbs Racing was in contention for the Cup championship with the No. 20 Toyota Christopher Bell, the pit crew includes tire fitter Jackson Gibbs. The son of the late J.D. Gibbs has a tribute to his Uncle Coy placed on his helmet.

Several other NASCAR drivers (and Trackhouse Racing co-owner Justin Marks) also wrote about their support for the Gibbs family.

Ty Gibbs was due to race on Sunday but was replaced by Daniel Hemrik in the No. 23 Toyota of 23XI Racing.

Avondale, Arizona. Coy Gibbs, son of NASCAR and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs, has died in his sleep. According to Joe Gibbs Racing release.

Coy Gibbs was 49 years old. He was vice chairman and chief operating officer of JGR and the father of Ty Gibbs2022 Xfinity Series Championship Winner…



Source: nascar.nbcsports.com

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