Joey Logano keeps his son Hudson after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sunday, November 18,…
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) – Joey Logano was underdog in NASCAR’s title race, the driver believed to keep up with the big tree and steal the title from one of the favorites.
Logano proved to be wrong at all with an upset victory during a season where he just became a real challenger when his Team Penske group began the postseason. He flipped through the final game and closed his unlikely driving Sunday with a victory on the Homestead-Miami Speedway that seized his first NASCAR title.
“It has been so difficult and such a long way to get here and been so close and had the feeling of defeat, and the man stops it,” said Logano. “But I felt so sure I went into this week so we were the car to hit. My racing team, I was not worried about them at all and I knew I had to do my job and everyone would do his job and everything would be good. “
Logano beat Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and the ruling serialist Martin Truex Jr., in a nice Logano, who had called” the Big Three and I. “
He won the title with two wins and eight top 10 goals in the afterseason. At Homestead, where there was a winner-take-all, Logano led a race of 80 laps but needed careful caution for a final shot to win the race. It came when team-mate Brad Keselowski cracked Busch team mate Daniel Suarez for a warning change.
Logano was fourth on reboot with 15 turns left, but drove the road together with leader Truex, used a strong move in the outer lane three laps later to take over the top spot. Logano departed from there and won for Penske.
“We were favorite. We drove down the route as no business,” says Logano. “I knew we had a short car. I said before the race started if it was something longer than 25 yards, we would be in trouble. It showed all day. But it came in the short run and we are champion. NASCAR champion . “
Logano won the title in his 10th season at NASCAR’s highest level and is the first driver from Connecticut to win a championship.
Logano made a runway for Roger Penske, also elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, won Indianapolis 500 for a record 17th time celebrating Team Penske 500th victory.
Team Penske has also been the cornerstone of Ford in the past six seasons and Logano gave the manufacturer its first Cup title since 2004
The Big Three won 20 out of 36 races in 2017. Harvick, 23, Busch, 22, and Truex (20) is also the first trio of drivers to have 20 plus peak fives in a season since Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty and Benny Parsons in 1997.
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ALL MUST GO
Truex said goodbye to his championship jump and farewell to Furniture Row Racing. FRR. Furniture Row closed the doors after a 14-year round, where it morphed from an underfinanced backmark to NASCAR champion with Truex behind the wheel.
Truex was in the top position to repeat until a late caution destroyed the night and left him wondering what could have been.
“No matter we had the car to hit,” Truex said. “But if you do not lead the last yard, it does not matter what you have. We struggled hard. We played the right strategy. We were out a bit during the day, just like last year, and better and better. In the long run, the man was the matter Nasty. We killed them. It was cool but it did not come down to it tonight. “
Once 5 hours of energy was withdrawn from NASCAR and no other sponsorship could be secured, owner Barney Visser pulled the plug on the organization.
Truex wanted to deliver the ultimate parting gift for FRR.
“It sucks,” he said. “It hurts, it’s terrible. I hate it. I wish we could go ahead and compete for 10 years together, but we can not.”
ONE FOR THE ROAD
Jimmie Johnson hugged it with Chef Chad Knaus Chef and roasted beer until the end of their 17 year professional relationship. Johnson and Knaus differ after seven NASCAR championships.
They could not understand the greatness one last time, finished 14th in the final and went winless in a season for the first time in their Cup career.
“He is my brother, there’s only no way,” said Johnson.
Johnson has not won since Dover 2017, an unthinkable string of 59 straight losses.
“I’ve had such a happy career and I would have loved to keep that strip live, “Johnson said.
Busch and Harvick combined to win 16 races led nearly 3,500 laps and were all considered a heavy favorite to win a second NASCAR championship. They got a big 0 in victory’s column when they needed the most.
Harvick, dominating Ford Ford all year long, was on the speed charts all weekend. Joe Gibbs Racing “pit crew fled two stops for Busch – the blunders cost him six and four pit spots – who denied one of NASCAR’s biggest career winners a second title.
“You can always stop where things do not.” I do not go, says Gibbs. “It’s a part of life.”
Ford hit the door at NASCAR’s longest championship stench.
Logano gave the American automaker its eighth driver title and only since Kurt Busch 2004. Ford also won the manufacturer’s title for the first time since 2002. It marked the first time since 1999 the Blue Oval won both championships during the same season.
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