Following a long and winding road, Joey Logano finally owns the biggest prize in motorsports.
"I'm not sure yet to be honest with you", Truex said of climbing out of the no. 78 one last time.
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Joey Logano claimed the 2018 NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Busch and Harvick combined to win 16 races, lead almost 3,500 laps and each were considered a heavy favorite to win a second NASCAR championship. It cost the pole-sitter valuable time and again spotlighted that Hamlin had not picked the first pit stall and instead allowed teammate Kyle Busch to take the spot. Among the other highlights?
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Truex advised tuning out the noise.
"Delivering the manufacturers' championship and the driver's championship, where it's been a drought for them and for Edsel", Penske said, "and all the people that have done so much at Ford, and they've stayed committed with us". I don't really worry too much about the stuff that happened away from it. "I think I pulled a muscle", Logano said.
Joey Logano made a daring move to take the lead with 12 laps to go to win the Ford EcoBoost 400 and claim his first NASCAR Cup championship.
Hamlin said both he and Gibbs spoke to officials from FedEx and the sponsor understood the decision for JGR to show favoritism. Dallas says he's pulling for the defending Cup Series champion to repeat because he "loves Truex's story". "NASCAR is still a place to be for corporate sponsorship". "I wish we could have won it".
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But Harvick's winning auto was deemed illegal after two of his wins, most recently two weeks ago at Texas when NASCAR found the spoiler on the Stewart-Haas Racing entry was not from the mandatory vendor. "What else are they doing?'" Busch wondered.
It was a fitting end to a five-season run for Truex with the underdog team that he once described as a "bunch of misfits" that became one of stock-car racing's most unlikely success stories while resurrecting a driver's career.
Harvick thrives in controversy and doesn't expect that to change Sunday.
"Not everyone gets to push a race auto to its limits, whether it's at the local level or here in the top level. When they back you against the wall, make it better than it was before".
Pearn, who got into a shouting match post-Martinsville with Logano's crew chief, Todd Gordon, also shrugged it off. Sunday's last restart was with 15 to go.
Penske also this season was elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, won the Indianapolis 500 for a record 17th time and celebrated Team Penske's 500th victory as an organization. This year was Logano's third appearance in the finale. The championship four finished atop the field with Truex the runner-up, followed by Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. Johnson has seven, and none of his current peers has more than one Cup title.
Busch was gifted the coveted No. 1 pit stall Saturday when Joe Gibbs Racing made the dubious decision to force teammate and pole victor Denny Hamlin to pass on the top spot.
The Team Penske driver had a fast vehicle all day, especially on short runs, and his crew consistently got him off pit road with quick stops.
Busch, the 2015 Cup champion, got what he wanted when Hamlin's team chose the No. 4 pit stall, which did not violate any NASCAR policy.