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Joey Logano Wins Can-Am 500, Clinches Final Round Birth


Entering the day needing a solid run, Joey Logano went one step ahead to win Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The win, along with Kyle Busch’s second place finish helped finalize the Championship 4 next weekend at Homestead. Kyle Larson finished, followed by Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch rounding out the top 5.

As noted above, Logano won the race while defending Sprint Cup Champion Busch finished second, allowing both drivers to advance to next Sunday’s season-ending Ford Eco-Boost 400 championship-deciding race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. They will join Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards.

“I’ve never felt this good about a win before,” Logano said to NBC after the race. “There was so much on the line and everyone brings their A-game when it comes to winning championships and this team did it. Man, this feels so good.”

But, the finish didn’t come without drama. It appeared in the closing laps that Matt Kenseth would secure himself a shot at the championship at Homestead. But, a caution on Lap 310 when Michael McDowell crashed sent the race into overtime.

On the first Overtime attempt, leader  Matt Kenseth made contact with Alex Bowman, causing Kenseth to spin into the wall and see his championship hopes come to an abrupt end. On the second attempt, Logano, who took the lead after Kenseth’s spin never looked back and punched his ticket to Homestead.

Other storylines from Sunday’s Can-Am 500 At Phoenix International Raceway include:

  • Alex Bowman, who is still subbing for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr, shocked the field and the NASCAR fanbase by almost playing spoiler in Sunday’s race. Starting from the pole, Bowman led a race high 194 laps and ran up in the top 5 for the majority of the race. He would finish 6th.
  • Martin Truex Jr just had another one of those days where nothing went his way. He suffered a big blow during the days second caution where he was handed a one lap penalty for “Pulling up to pit”. Things went bad to worse when he was collected in a crash with Ryan Newman on lap 256. He would finish 40th.
  • Canadian driver D.J. Kennington finished 35th in his first career Sprint Cup race, while Greg Biffle finished 15th in his 500th start.

Next Race Up: The Championship 4 Battle for the Sprint Cup Next Sunday in the FORD EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.