Denny Hamlin Takes Pole For Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 Championship Race

Annette Crawford
November 19, 2018

NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) celebrates winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 and the NASCAR Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

He passed Truex with 12 laps remaining and pulled away to win for Roger Penske, the auto owner who celebrated this year his election into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a 17th victory in the Indianapolis 500 and now a second title in NASCAR's top series. "I couldn't be more proud of them".

"I'm not sure what else to say". Harvick will once again be without crew chief Rodney Childers but, should be alright with Tony Gibson atop the pit box. It's his final race with Furniture Row Racing because a loss of sponsorship is forcing the team to close following the finale. "Maybe I'll even get a thank you text", Hamlin said. "I think the sport is in a good place and heading in a good direction".

As the Big Three weaved through their individual issues, Logano just went fast.

Joey Logano celebrates a race win and NASCAR championship simultaneously at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2018.

The season championship was Logano's first after 363 starts.

"I think the racing has been unbelievable this season", Truex said.

"It's an advantage for them, which stinks for us", reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr. said.

"Our strong point was not the restarts tonight", he said.

Despite the loose handling condition, Harvick was in position to challenge for the win in the late going.

The Big Three - as past champions Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch were dubbed after piling up 20 victories in 2018 between them - headed out of Homestead with finishes of second, third and fourth, respectively.

But with the caution on Lap 247, that matchup never materialized. "It's just the way it all shook out".

#18 Kyle Busch has had a very successful season.

But Logano kicked it into another gear during the playoffs with two victories and got eight top-10 finishes in the postseason.

With Busch in the lead, the serendipitous yellow flag flew on Lap 247 when Suarez's Toyota went for a spin off the bumper of Keselowski's Ford.

Logano 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.

As far as the average finishes of each of these drivers are concerned, Busch has the best through the season's first 35 races. Busch thought his lap at 173.622 was enough for the pole, but it only put him ahead of the other three title contenders. The vehicle has speed on the short run and hangs decent on the long run.

"Overall, just a frustrating night". 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". "Just when you're half a second off, you're not going to hold anybody back".

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