Joey Logano holds the trophy after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Championship auto race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Homestead, Florida.
Not too windy to keep the skydivers from jumping out of a plane above the track, apparently, but just windy enough to blow them far away from their landing spot.
On his way down, his parachute got caught in the catchfence that surrounds the 1.5-mile track, but luckily for him, a safety crew arrived and untangled him before the race started. The year was dominated by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr., with Logano calling the final-four field "The Big Three and Me". "I can't believe it". It was the last title for the Ford Fusion, which will be replaced by the Mustang in the Cup series next season.
Hamlin turned a lap at 173.863 miles per hour in the closing seconds of Friday qualifying to bump Busch from the top starting spot. Contact from Keselowski's Ford sent the Toyota of Daniel Suarez spinning to cause the fifth caution of the race.
Logano also cautioned against making predictions off of the qualifying results.
Logano this season had to move Truex out of his way in the final turn at Martinsville Speedway last month to earn his berth in the championship race.
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When a late caution with less than 20 laps to go forced a restart, it was Truex and Logano jousting for the lead.
"My auto was really good on entry all day", Logano said, in what may be the understatement of Ford Championship Weekend. "We executed down the stretch like nobody's business", Logano said.
Logano had been adamant he was the favorite to win the race, in part because he wasn't even supposed to make the final four and had just one regular season victory. "I'm so proud of everybody for rising to the occasion".
In his excitement after taking the checkered flag, Logano thought he had pulled a muscle, but the pain was well worth it.
"I don't think a whole bunch transfers over". "To win a championship". It has been 10 seasons of fighting for this. Meanwhile, Logano finished in third, Truex was fourth, and Kyle Busch was sixth. "I wasn't sure we were going to get it, but Todd made a good adjustment at the end, and we had that no-quit attitude".
Stage 2: Harvick and Larson dueled for the lead for most of Stage 2, rotating back and forth with the championship contenders close behind. Jimmie Johnson was 14th in his last race with crew chief Chad Knaus, ending a 17-year pairing that produced a record-tying seven championships. AJ Allmendinger was 19th in his final ride in the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Chevrolet.