Every race fan knows that in Homestead a champion is crowned for the NASCAR Cup Series. This year and last year NASCAR has been sponsored by Monster Energy which means the Cup Series has been called the Monster Energy Cup Series (MENCS) for two years. It was a long fight for the 2018 champ, yes during yesterday’s race but also his career. Mark Martin called this driver the greatest thing since Sliced Bread before he’d even turned a lap in the K&N series. That driver is Joey Logano. Logano has been racing in the Cup Series since he was 18 years old. Joe Gibbs Racing picked him up in 2008, and Logano got his first two wins with them before moving to Team Penske in 2013.
Since the move to Penske, Logano has picked up nineteen Cup Series wins, and has a total of eighty-eight top 5’s and one-hundred-thirty-eight top 10’s. This was Logano’s third time being in the championship four. The first time in 2014 Logano finished in 4th, then in 2016 he finished in 2nd. He completely missed the playoffs in 2017 but this year he finally completed his life long dream- he became a champion.
The winning move came with less than ten laps to go when Logano was able to clear Martin Truex Jr. and speed away. Logano managed to hold onto the lead long enough to win both the race and championship. When the race was over Logano did his signature "Logano Loop" burnout.
The new champion was immediately surrounded by his team and people he kept hugging as soon as he climbed out of the car. Teammate and 2012 champ Brad Keselowski was one of them.
Not unlike many of Logano's fans, the driver himself was in tears during the beginning of his interview.
During Logano's interview you could see the moment it all began to set in because he got very excited and playfully shoved Marty Snider who was interviewing him.
It took the NBC group a bit of time to wrestle Logano on stage but he did eventually arrive. There he was awarded the trophy and was able to celebrate with his team and family. His parents, sister Danielle, wife Brittany, and ten month old son Hudson were all there to celebrate. As soon as Brittany was on stage she set Hudson in the trophy, and as it would turn out the young Logano would end up in the cup several more times that night.
Logano is a very family oriented person, and mentioned multiple times during interviews that night just how special it was to him to have his family there with him to celebrate, but in case you're still wary- this picture speaks volumes.
As Logano celebrated he took extra care to make sure it was known that this was not his championship but his entire team's championship. He always said 'we' or 'us' unless talking about something that went down behind the wheel. Logano also made sure to thank the fans for their continuous support as well.
Don't be fooled, when a driver wins the championship they don't get just the trophy and champion honors, they also get a really rad boat. Rutledge Wood was talking about the boat and said that he looked over at one point during the commercial break and Logano was climbing over the side to sit in it. Wood also commented about the new entourage following Logano around the track. He then took the interview a step farther to address how inspiring this all was.
A few days prior to the championship finale Logano was raising money for his charity the Joey Logano Foundation who's mission is to give second chances to those in need. Logano was able to raise 170,000 dollars last week. He then went on to win the Comcast Community Award for his efforts.
During the interview Logano talked about how anyone can donate money, but not everyone can donate time. Before the NBC post coverage ended the always humble Logano was sure to mention how while this championship is huge and amazing, but in the grand scheme of things there are more important things than him winning a championship.
Another MENCS season is in the books, and the Daytona Clash is only eighty-four days away and counting!
It's been a long season, but I think we can all agree that it's over way too soon! Off Season dreads aside, tonight we announced the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Champion! The first thing Logano said when he got out of the car was, "We did it! We won the championship I can't believe it!" Logano was absolutely elated during his interview. "This team, Roger Penske, Todd Gordon, the pit crew- oh my god amazing."
Logano is a first time champion, and the 33rd MENCS Champion. "I couldn’t be more proud of them." Logano said of his team.
"We won the championship Marty [Snider] oh my god!" Logano exclaimed and then lightly shoved him. "What was going through your mind?" Snider asked. "Screaming just a. Lots of screaming. I’ve worked my whole life to get here." Logano's signature smile had been in place since he got of the car. Teammate Keselowski found Logano among the mass of people and told him congrats before he hugged him.
"I knew I was getting past that car no matter what." Logano said about the last few laps when he had to get past Truex for the win. The driver of the 22 went on to compliment his pit crew more. "Each and every individual on that team is the best in their position and they proved that today."
On stage when Logano was announced as the 2018 champion he said, "Its a dream come true to even hear those words along with my name." Then, "I'm not a champion these guys are champions." Logano was lucky enough to have his family with him on stage, his wife Brittany, son Hudson, sister Danielle and his parents. When Brittany came up the first thing she did was put Hudson in the MENCS trophy.
Congratulations to the 2018 MENCS Champion Joey Logano!
Thank you to everyone who followed my articles this season. I hope you all had as much fun as I did, and I will see you in the next article!
"I wanted to know what winning feels like. And it feels really really good."
*Quotes from NBC post race broadcast
This afternoon Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced that 2017 K&N East Series Champion Harrison Burton would be driving full time in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019. Burton will be driving the number 18 Safelight Toyota Tundra and responded to the announcement on Twitter.
Burton's first truck race with this team was in 2016 at the Martinsville Speedway fall race in late October. Since then the young driver has driven the number 51 Dex Imaging Toyota in the select races he's had with KBM. Burton currently has won a pole, and has four Top-5's and seven Top-10's in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
There is still one more Truck Series race on Burton's agenda before he can officially move to the number 18. He will compete in the 2018 Homestead-Miami Speedway race this Friday night.
The race will be on Fox Sports One at 8:00 PM (EST) Friday night.
We had a rough start to the early part of this weekend. What a day, what a race! We got what we needed out of today. ISM's elimination race produced the championship final four. Joey Logano was locked in prior to the start of the race due to his win at Martinsville. Logano was not able to finish the race today after spinning early on in the race. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr. were able to get in on points. Kyle Busch won his way to Homestead. Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Chase Elliott, and Kurt Busch were all disqualified.
"This was Kyle Busch's eighth win this season, tying him with Harvick. This was also Busch's one-ninety-fourth NASCAR win. This put Busch at number eleven of all time Cup wins. He has fifty-one Cup, Ninety-two Xfinity and fifty-one Truck wins.
"We had a rough start to the early part of this weekend. What a day, what a race! We got what we needed out of today." Busch said to Rutledge Wood at the start finish line.
Of his Joe Gibbs Racing team, Busch said "This is an awesome team, awesome group of guys."
Kyle Busch went on to thank the veteran's serving the country and making the sacrifices they do.
Busch was asked "How much Miami Mojo does this win give the eighteen team?" "Uh I'd like to think it gives us a lot but talk is cheap." Busch said with a laugh.
The final race of the season is in Homestead next Sunday, where the Championship Four will battle and produce the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion. Don't miss it, and Happy Veteran's Day!
*Quotes from NBC post race broadcast.
The triple A Texas 500 was Kevin Harvick 8th win this season which ties him with Bobby Allison with most wins in one season over the age of forty. This is also Harvick's forty-fifth career MENCS win. Harvick lead one-seventy-seven laps.
"You have locked yourself into the championship four" Rutledge Wood said at the start finish line. "Yeah just really really proud of the guys at Stewart Haas racing… everybody who helps us on this thing (The four car)."
Harvick smiled at the camera. "The expectations are to win. We don’t race for points, we race to win… we aren't here to count fingers and toes. We want to earn it."
At the flag stand Harvick picked a kid up from the grandstands, and brought him onto the track. Then took a picture with him in front of the track. Harvick also gave him the checkered flag. "People always give you grief for not stopping for the fans… but I love stopping for the kids. Sorry adults." Harvick laughed. “Sometimes you forget what it means to sitting in that car for people outside of the sport… That moment is hopefully going to be with that kid forever.” That will definitely be an unforgettable moment for that kid! Its moments such as those that really make me so proud of this sport.
Harvick said it again in Victory Lane, “We don’t come here to count fingers and toes… we come here to win.”
Kevin Harvick and the four team will be racing in Phoenix (ISM Raceway now!) next weekend. Harvick is in the championship four!
*Quotes from NBC Post Race show!
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