Joey Logano won the NASCAR Cup Series championship on Sunday, capturing the trophy after 312 laps at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.
The win gives Logano his second career championship, the first coming in 2018 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Las Vegas. Before his first victory, Logano was seen as very weak.
Logano, 32, started Sunday on the pole in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Although 36 drivers started, only four – Ross Chastain, Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell and Logano – were eligible for the series title after a playoff whittled the field down to 16.
Chastain finished third, Bell 10th and Elliott 28th.
Ty Gibbs would drive the No. 23 car on Sunday. After the death of his father Coy Gibbs, he was replaced by driver Daniel Hemric just hours before the race, with his 23XI Racing team citing a “family emergency” as the reason.
Coy Gibbs was the co-owner of Joe Gibbs Racing and the son of team patriarch Joe Gibbs.
After the race, Logano offered his condolences to the Gibbs family and thanked his team for the season.
“Boy, that was intense at the end,” Logano said. “It’s all about the tournaments. That’s the point. We’ve worked really hard these last two weeks trying to put ourselves in position.”
With his son in his arms, Logano said there was no hesitation in today’s race.
“I knew very well that we were going to win the championship,” Logano said. “I told the guys we were the favorites at Daytona and we really believed it. That’s the difference.
“As I said, I had a good team with a lot of confidence and we had every reason in the world to be confident. I said I’ve never been more ready for a championship run, and we did it, man. I can’t believe it.”