Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Roger Penske on Joey Logano: "I think we've got an A+ guy"

Roger Penske on Joey Logano:

When Logano didn't deliver for Gibbs he was grabbed by Penske, who won got his first Cup title in 2012 with Keselowski, the driver who pushed for Logano to be hired as his new teammate.

Ford slammed the door on NASCAR's longest championship drought.

After a late-night flight to the Rocky Mountains, life would begin anew for the 62 members of Furniture Row Racing (and perhaps with harsh realities for at least a third of the team). Truex is the defending Cup Series champion whose Furniture Row Racing team is shutting down after the race.

It was a dramatic road to championship for the 28-year Logano.

Logano capped a banner year for Roger Penske, who also was elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, won the Indianapolis 500 for a record 17th time and celebrated Team Penske's 500th victory.

"(Suarez) brought the caution out past year which won us the championship", Pearn said.

NASCAR's Cup Series champion will be decided Sunday when title contenders Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. take the green flag at the season finale.

"No question we had the vehicle to beat", Truex said.

Harvick, who tied Busch with a series-high eight wins, finished third behind Logano and Truex.

- The race started a bit late, for two reasons. "We were able to get the lead, I just couldn't do anything".

Sunday's race, like the ones in the few years prior, was fascinating from a strategy and tire wear perspective.

But after four seasons of struggles with Joe Gibbs Racing Logano left the organization. "I am going to miss them all". You know, I feel good about my future and going to a great place, and I know we'll have more success. He thought he had the fastest auto and would drive away in his Toyota, but Joey Logano passed him three laps later and pulled away for the victory. Brett Moffitt won the Truck Series title in a Toyota for Hattori Racing, Tyler Reddick won the Xfinity Series title in a Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, and Ford finally got a title on what is officially called "Ford Championship Weekend". That's just the way it goes.

"I thought we were slaying (Harvick) pretty hard and would have got him pretty quick, and there was no way what (Busch's team) was doing was going to work out", Pearn said.

"And when it came time to be playoff time, we kind of focused back on what have we learned and what do we need to do to be successful through the playoffs".

Logano finished the season with three wins, 12 top fives and 25 top 10s.

So he drove the final laps watching Logano pull away.

Truex, Harvick and Busch were dubbed "The Big Three" most of the season for their domination of the series.

"He knows that he has to carry the NASCAR emblem, the NASCAR sport champion, and certainly from a Penske perspective, Team Penske. When they back you against the wall, make it better than it was before".

The controversial pit stall selections of Joe Gibbs Racing drew scrutiny after the first stage of Sunday's championship race. But Logano's Ford stuck to the turn and he blew by Truex. Logano was criticized for his aggressiveness, and Truex promised he'd prevent Logano from winning the Cup, but Logano insisted he made the necessary move to win a championship. His margin of victory was 1.7 seconds. A year later, Logano was in the inaugural Championship 4 with a shot at the title before his auto fell off the jack on the race's final pit stop.

Busch and Harvick have matched each other win-for-win all season, and even though NASCAR penalized Harvick's team, Busch is not alone in wondering if the entire season is tainted.

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