Joey Logano busted up The Huge Three and captured an unbelievable first NASCAR title by soundly beating a trio of champions.
Logano gained the season finale Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to seize his first Cup championship in a season during which he barely contended till the playoffs started. The 12 months was dominated by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and reigning sequence champion Martin Truex Jr., with Logano calling the final-four discipline “The Huge Three and Me.” However Logano kicked it into one other gear to steal the title.
He handed Truex with 12 laps remaining and pulled away to win for Roger Penske, the automobile proprietor who celebrated this 12 months his election into the NASCAR Corridor of Fame, a 17th victory within the Indianapolis 500 and now a second title in NASCAR’s high sequence.
It marked the primary championship for Ford since 2004.
Truex completed second in his last race with Furnishings Row Racing. The workforce is closing as a result of it misplaced its major sponsor halfway by way of Truex’s championship reign.
“It is a robust evening, a troublesome strategy to lose,” Truex stated. “I had nothing for him on the finish. That is simply the way in which it goes. I do not know what else to say. It hurts a bit, and I’ll miss all the guys.”
Harvick was third and Busch fourth because the title contenders adopted one another throughout the end line.
“We weren’t even shut,” stated Busch, who used technique to sustain with the opposite title contenders.
Nevertheless it was Logano who took the checkered flag, climbed to the roof of his automobile and was embraced by his Penske crew.
Logano needed to transfer Truex out of his manner within the last flip at Martinsville Speedway final month to earn his berth within the championship race. The 28-year-old Connecticut racer was criticized for his aggressiveness, and Truex promised he’d forestall Logano from successful the Cup, however Logano insisted he made the required transfer to win a championship.
And within the last 15-lap shootout to the end, Logano used an influence transfer on the skin line to shoot previous Truex and drive away. If Truex had any intention of stopping Logano he needed to catch him first, he could not and completed 1.725 seconds behind.
Logano had been adamant he was the favourite to win the race, partially as a result of he wasn’t even speculated to make the ultimate 4 and had only one common season victory. Busch and Harvick ended the season with eight wins every, whereas Truex had 4.
Logano’s third win got here at Homestead, the place the champion has gained the race to win the title since this format was launched in 2014. Logano was the favourite to win the 2015 title however missed the finale, was the championship runner-up in 2016 and a penalty stored his No. 22 out of final season’s playoffs.