Joey Logano wins at Phoenix to earn 2nd NASCAR championship

Nov 6, 2022, 1:47 AM | Updated: 5:23 pm
Daniel Hemric drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. ...

Daniel Hemric drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

              Daniel Hemric drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Christopher Bell drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Ross Chastain drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Chase Elliott drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano celebrates with his son Hudson after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race and championship Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano celebrates with his son Hudson after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race and championship Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano celebrates with his family after after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race and championship Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano, right, and NASCAR President Steve Phelps hold up the championship trophy after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race and championship Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race and championship Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Daniel Hemric drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Christopher Bell drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Ross Chastain drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Chase Elliott drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano celebrates with his son Hudson after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race and championship Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano celebrates with his son Hudson after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race and championship Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano celebrates with his family after after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race and championship Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano, right, and NASCAR President Steve Phelps hold up the championship trophy after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race and championship Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race and championship Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Daniel Hemric drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Christopher Bell drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Ross Chastain drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Chase Elliott drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano (22) leads the field on the parade lap during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano (22) pits during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Daniel Hemric drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Christopher Bell drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Ross Chastain drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Chase Elliott drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano (22) leads the field on the parade lap during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano (22) pits during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano drives during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              From left to right, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott are introduced to the fans before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Joey Logano (22) leads the field during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Logano won his second NASCAR championship to give Roger Penske two titles in the same season with a victory in Sunday’s winner-take-all finale at Phoenix Raceway.

It was the fourth win of the season for Logano, who opened the year with a January win in an exhibition race at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the debut of NASCAR’s new Next Gen car. Less than a month later, rookie teammate Austin Cindric won the Daytona 500 on Penske’s 85th birthday.

Will Power added the IndyCar championship to the Team Penske trophy case in September and Logano’s dominating run Sunday marked the first time Penske has won both the NASCAR and IndyCar championship in the same season.

“I knew going into this thing that we’re going to win the championship. I told the guys we were the favorite from Daytona, and we truly believed it, and that’s the difference,” Logano said. “I had a good team with a bunch of confidence, and we had all the reason in the world to be confident. I’ve never been truly this ready for a championship race, and yeah, we did it, man. I can’t believe it.”

Logano was met after the win by his wife and 4-year-old son, Hudson, the oldest of his three children and only one to make the trip to Phoenix. Logano took Hudson by the hand and ran up the banking to collect the checkered flag.

His son skipped back down the track, waving the flag and holding his champion father’s hand. Logano had promised Hudson he’d win the championship.

“We’ve had so many conversations over the last couple weeks before bedtime. First was ‘Daddy is going to get a pole, and he’s going to meet me out here and we’re going to win the race,’ and I couldn’t be a liar to my son,” Logano said.

Logano then drove Hudson inside the No. 22 Ford to the championship stage.

“I always wanted to do that with Hudson. He’s such a little car guy,” Logano said.

Logano at 32 was the oldest driver in the championship four, as well as the only one who is married with children. The Next Gen equaled the competition this season and the Cup Series celebrated 19 different winners, including five first-timers and two drivers making their first appearance in the championship race.

Even with the parity, Logano never doubted this would be his season.

“Getting the bookends, the first and the last race, means a lot,” Logano said. “It’s just a really special year for us with our third baby, and 22 in ’22, I told you so!”

It is the third Cup championship for Penske, who won with Brad Keselowski in 2012 and Logano’s first title in 2018. Logano joined Kyle Busch as the only active drivers with multiple Cup titles.

“Two championships in the same year, that’s what we’re here for,” Penske said. “That’s the goal we have every year.”

Logano won the pole and was never really challenged on Sunday as his Ford led 186 of the 312 laps, and he was not the highest running title contender for only one lap. He’s the first Ford driver to win two Cup titles since David Pearson in 1968 and 1969.

It is the second Cup championship for crew chief Paul Wolfe, who won with Keselowski in 2012.

Ross Chastain finished third in his championship race debut, and Christopher Bell was 10th in his debut. Bell raced hours after Joe Gibbs Racing learned vice chairman Coy Gibbs, son of the Hall of Fame team owner, died in his sleep at 49.

“You wake up this morning and you’re racing for a championship, you’re happy, you’re elated, and then your world comes crashing down,” Bell said. “Whenever you get news like that, it definitely puts it in perspective that there’s much more to this outside of racing.”

Chase Elliott was spun by Chastain early in the final stage, his Chevrolet hit the wall and he was immediately out of contention. It snapped Hendrick Motorsports streak of two consecutive Cup titles.

“Just disappointed, obviously, ended our day and ended our chance at a win or a championship. Just disappointing,” Elliott said.

NASCAR’s most popular driver won a career-high five races this year and the regular-season championship, but Elliott lost his shot at a second championship when he cut across the front of Chastain and Chastain refused to lift. The contact sent Elliott spinning into the wall, he dropped to 30th and down a lap during the repairs, and finished 28th.

“I feel like it was just hard racing and I had position,” Chastain said. “I got to the left of (Elliott) and saw an erratic move that he made to turn left to cover it, but I was already there. It’s not how I want to race them or those guys.”

Logano, who started his career with JGR and spent five seasons there before he was fired after the 2012 season, gave his regards to the Gibbs family after the win.

“I don’t know what to think, but obviously my condolences go to the Gibbs family,” Logano said. “But just an incredible day for us, and kind of mixed emotions at the moment.”

___

AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/hub/auto-racing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

A fan of Argentina reacts after Argentina's Lionel Messi scores his side's opening goal against Mex...
Associated Press

Argentina riding emotional rollercoaster at World Cup

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — As Lionel Messi struggled to hold back his tears, Pablo Aimar let them flow on the bench. Covering his hands with his face, Argentina’s assistant coach, the former player who Messi idolized as a child, was almost hyperventilating with emotion after the goal that kept alive the Albiceleste’s World Cup journey. […]
1 day ago
Stanford head coach David Shaw stands near the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college f...
Associated Press

Stanford coach David Shaw resigns after Cardinal finish 3-9

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford coach David Shaw resigned Saturday night after finishing his 12th season at his alma mater with a 36-25 loss to BYU that dropped the Cardinal to 3-9. Shaw, 50, led Stanford to five double-digit win seasons, with three Pac-12 titles and Rose Bowl appearances in his first six years as […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Coleman leads Hawaii to 72-65 victory over Texas State

LAIE, Hawaii (AP) — Noel Coleman scored 21 points and Hawaii held off Texas State 72-65 in the North Shore Classic on Saturday night. Coleman sank 6 of 11 shots with two 3-pointers and made 7 of 9 foul shots for the Rainbow Warriors (5-1). Bernardo Da Silva pitched in with 14 points and seven […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Podziemski powers Santa Clara to 86-76 victory over Iona

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brandin Podziemski finished with 27 points and nine rebounds to propel Santa Clara to an 86-76 victory over Iona in the Las Vegas Classic on Saturday night. Podziemski sank 7 of 13 shots, all three of his 3-pointers and 10 of 12 free throws for the Broncos (5-2). He added three […]
1 day ago
BYU tight end Isaac Rex (83) celebrates with teammates after scoring a 43-yard touchdown against St...
Associated Press

BYU rolls past Stanford 35-26 in regular-season finale

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Jaren Hall threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead BYU to a 35-26 victory over Stanford on Saturday night, and Cardinal coach David Shaw announced his resignation after the game. After arriving unusually late this his postgame news conference, Shaw said he told his team he was […]
1 day ago
Washington running back Wayne Taulapapa, right, carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA c...
Associated Press

No. 12 Washington outlasts Washington St 55-33 in Apple Cup

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Michael Penix Jr. threw for 485 yards and had five total touchdowns and No. 12 Washington reclaimed the Apple Cup with a wild 51-33 victory over Washington State on Saturday night. A year after the Huskies watched the Cougars celebrate snapping a seven-game losing streak on the turf of Husky Stadium, […]
1 day ago
Joey Logano wins at Phoenix to earn 2nd NASCAR championship