Joey Logano dominated the NASCAR Cup Series Championship race in Phoenix en route to a victory and his second career Cup Series title.
Logano led most of the race and bested competitors Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell and Chase Elliott.
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“I knew we were going to win the championship,” Logano told NBC Sports after the race. “I told the guys we’re the Daytona favorites, and we really believe it and that’s the difference. I had a good team with a lot of confidence. We had every reason in the world to be confident. I’ve never really been this ready for a race. championship, and we did it.”
Logano started the season with a 21st place finish at Daytona and didn’t get his first win of the season until Darlington in the 12th race of the season. He then scored another Gateway win to solidify his place in the NASCAR playoffs.
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In the playoffs, a second-place finish in Texas really helped him stay in the Round of 16 contention, and he needed a win in Las Vegas to secure a spot in Championship Four. He used that momentum to achieve pole position and eventually victory in Phoenix.
He is the first Ford driver to win the championship since doing so in 2018. The last Ford to win a championship in the NASCAR Cup series was Kurt Busch in 2004. He is the first multi-winner to race a Ford since Dave Pearson won his second and his third in 1968 and 1969.
Ross Chastain, who used an incredible play in Martinsville to enter Championship Four, finished in third place. Christopher Bell, who won in Martinsville to take last place, finished 10th.
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Chase Elliot had a rough day when he got involved with Chastain at one point during the race. He ended his day in 28th.