Joey Logano fastest in final Cup practice in Miami

Tanya Simon
November 19, 2018

Kevin Harvick entered Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway tied as the winningest driver of 2018, scoring eight wins alongside Kyle Busch.

"We were the favorite".

Martin Truex Jr.'s team is closing after the race because his primary sponsor is leaving the sport. This season's Championship Four is set and will make Sunday's event one to watch. "Without that last caution, it was in the bag, maybe, I think".

Busch was gifted the coveted No. 1 pit stall Saturday when Joe Gibbs Racing made the dubious decision to force teammate and pole victor Denny Hamlin to pass on the top spot. First, a parachuter participating in pre-race ceremonies got his chute tangled on the front stretch catch fence and it took a while to get him down from the fence. "I'm so proud of everybody".

Truex finished second in his final race with Furniture Row Racing.

"It's a tough way to lose", Truex said. Penske also this season was elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, won the Indianapolis 500 for a record 17th time and celebrated Team Penske's 500th victory as an organization.

"For me, there's always some incentive in proving to people that you can do something that isn't what they think you should do", Harvick said.

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NASCAR's final weekend concluded with three new champions from three different teams representing all three manufacturers.

Logano has the third stall, Truex has the seventh spot and Harvick has the 39th spot. "I don't know what to say", Logano said. 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". We have been so close. We just made a couple of 30-lappers or so. Truex has four wins this season, and looks to get his fifth on Sunday.

Late-race strategy played out just the way Kyle Busch hoped it would.

Busch is the 2015 champion and has momentum from winning last week at Phoenix. Every time I went to the gas, it just spun the tires, so I had to keep coming back out of it, and he's going forward on me. The 28-year-old CT racer 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.

Truex, who had vowed that he would be in an "eye-for-an-eye" situation racing Logano for the championship, never got the chance in the final few laps because of Logano's daring pass.

"Just didn't have the best of restarts, for one, but then, for two, once it got down there to the corner, it just didn't turn anyways, and the 22 (Logano) went by, the 4 (Harvick) went by, everybody went by".

Harvick is the 2014 champion and eked into the finale after getting stripped of a victory and an automatic berth two weeks ago at Texas because of an illegal part. He's NASCAR's 33rd different champion and first from CT.

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