Pilot of Penske team Joey Logano dominated Sunday’s season finale at Phoenix Raceway, winning the 312-lap chase to claim his second NASCAR Cup Series title.
Logano took pole and dominated most of the race, easily winning the first stage. He led 187 of 312 laps, including the last 30.
Chase Elliottchampionship shot disappeared with 112 laps to go when it was spun Ross Chastain. Elliot hit the inner wall, damaging his car. He returned to the track, but could not keep up with other rivals.
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Christopher Bell was the victim of a slow pit stop at the end of the race.
Chastain pursued Logano in the closing laps but was unable to seriously compete.
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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 comeback 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.
Such moments are priceless. This week, Bill Elliott reflected on his victory 20 years ago at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and celebrated with his son Chase, who was 6 at the time.
“I was at Victory Lane in Indy in 2002 and here you are 20 years later and here he is all grown up and doing his own thing,” said Bill Elliott.
“Life goes by so fast.”
Although Hudson can only remember snippets of that day as he gets older, he will have plenty of photos and videos to see him celebrating with his father. This is something Logano, 32, will never forget.
“I always dreamed of winning with him here because I always wanted to ride him,” Logano said.
“If you have children, you understand that you love them. This is truly unconditional love. Seeing him smile and celebrating this moment together is truly the most amazing feeling.
“And what we can talk about. The first time I won (2018 championship) he was about nine months old. He didn’t know where the top was, he could barely keep his head up. Now to see him run there, grab the flag and ride with me, I couldn’t have picked a better race to do it the first time.”
But even at this point, Logano could only imagine what Ty Gibbs and his family were going through.
“This is a sad day for the whole sport,” Logano said. “For me it’s bittersweet things because here we win the championship and here we are one of the leaders in our sport and someone I knew for a while is gone and I really don’t know how explaining how difficult it is.
“It is clear that our prayers and thoughts go out to the Gibbs family and all JGR employees. … I couldn’t imagine how Joe (Gibbs) was feeling right now.
“I really don’t know what else to say. It’s complicated. I couldn’t imagine. I don’t know what it looks like. But for Tai, losing her father is just hard.”
Avondale, Arizona – On the toughest day of his toughest NASCAR season, Kyle Bush endured several emotionally torturous farewells Sunday with Joe Gibbs Racing, including one that was brutally unexpected.
One of the most difficult goodbyes was when Bush pulled up to the yellow No. 18 Toyota, which he drove for the last time in the familiar M&Ms/Mars livery that became his hallmark for 15 seasons.
“I couldn’t even look at my car…