first NASCAR championship for Ford since 2004
ABOVE VIDEO: Relive Joey Logano’s journey to a Monster Energy Series championship in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (NASCAR Video)
HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA (FOX NEWS) – Joey Logano busted up The Big Three and captured an improbable first NASCAR title by soundly beating a trio of champions.
Logano won the season finale Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to grab his first Cup championship in a season in which he barely contended until the playoffs began.
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.” But Logano kicked it into another gear to steal the title.
He passed Truex with 12 laps remaining and pulled away to win for Roger Penske, the car 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.
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