Joey Logano's 7 best and funniest quotes from NASCAR championship night

Paola Ditto
Novembre 21, 2018

They let the race they needed slip away, and champion Joey Logano pounced.

"We were the favorite".

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.

On the eve of the title race, Joe Gibbs was under scrutiny for what some perceived to be race manipulation: Gibbs made a team decision that gave contender Busch an edge.

Now he's 28, a 10-year veteran at NASCAR's top level, and a champion in the second act of his career. I don't know what else to say. "I hate it. I wish we could go on and race 10 more years together, but we can't".

Truex said goodbye to his championship hopes and farewell to Furniture Row Racing.

"We'd like to win a championship for Joe Gibbs Racing", Gibbs said.

Kids dream. Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the dream of that 7-year old kid became real life for Joey Logano. We were off a little in the daytime, just like past year.

"He was so much faster than me at that point", 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.

"Last year we took advantage of the short-run vehicle at the end - the 18 (Kyle Busch) auto should've won the race and tonight we should've won the race and he (Logano) took advantage of the short-run vehicle". Logano extended his lead over the closing laps, and Truex and the rest of the challengers weren't able to get anywhere close. "They're great athletes, and I think they understand what this means to carry this crown over the next several months". 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".

Of the four drivers in the Chase, Logano has the longest odds.

Furniture Row Racing, a one-car team based in Denver, teamed with Truex in 2014 and dominated the series in 2017.

"I saw that in him, I saw that his Dad was behind him, and he and I have become great friends, his mother, and sister".

"Just as the playoffs went, everyone rose to the occasion", Logano said. "But I felt so confident going into this week that we were the auto to beat".

Busch, who is known for his short temper and willingness to say what's on his mind, seemed to take the loss in stride.

"We were so bad tonight on the racetrack and on pit road that nothing was kind of going our way". He's part of the so-called Big Three along with Busch and Harvick, winners of a series-high eight races each this season. "If you look at it, about the 1st of August, we got back on this path".

"He won, certainly", Penske said. Truex Jr. had taken the lead on the final restart with 15 laps to go, and he and Logano battled closely for the remaining trips 'round Homestead.

Phelps held his first news conference as NASCAR's president on Sunday just hours before the championship-deciding season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

But there Logano was Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, doing wicked burnouts and celebrating his victory in the Ford EcoBoost 400 that propelled him to the 2018 crown.

Logano was the favorite to win the 2015 title but missed the finale because a feud with Matt Kenseth cost him on the track. And to be able to bring a championship to CT - a NASCAR championship to CT.

Team Penske also won the owners' championship.

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