A long and winding NASCAR season has hit its end. A champion has been crowned, and Motorsports are quiet until February, but for Joey Logano, the celebration has just begun. The 2015 Daytona 500 Champion joined teammate Brad Keselowski as a NASCAR Champion, earning Roger Penske his second NASCAR Monster Energy Series Championship.
It marks the first championship in NASCAR for Team Penske since 2012 when Brad Keselowski claimed the title, but the driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford has a lot to be proud of in 2018. Joey Logano who had 20 career wins coming into the season finale in Homestead-Miami. The driver who finished runner-up in the standings in 2016 came into the race as one of the favorites and goes out a champion.
Logano now has 21 career victories and now a championship to his name, which says a lot about the Connecticut native. He was able to outduel three incredibly talented drivers, each of which are former champions. The #78 of Martin Truex Jr finished second in the race, and also in the Standings, and was followed by the #4 of Kevin Harvick in third and the #18 of Kyle Busch in fourth.
Much like the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series each saw first time champions the two prior nights, Joey Logano was able to do that as well on Sunday in the Monster Energy Cup Series. Notable finishes for drivers that were in the playoffs: #2 Brad Keselowski P5, #9 Chase Elliott P7, #14 Clint Bowyer P8, #10 Aric Almirola P9, #41 Kurt Busch P10, #3 Austin Dillon P11, #11 Denny Hamlin P12, #42 Kyle Larson P13, #48 Jimmie Johnson P14, #12 Ryan Blaney P17, #20 Erik Jones P27, and #88 Alex Bowman P29.
The 2018 NASCAR Monster Energy Series Rookie of the Year honors goes to William Byron driver of the #24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. One more prediction for the 2018 NASCAR season at the NASCAR awards banquet don’t be shocked if the title of Most Popular Driver which Dale Jr had won the previous fourteen seasons, will go to a new driver for the first time in a long time when Chase Elliott takes that honor.
The 2018 season is in the books. From new winners to a couple of new events on the schedule to a new champion it has been quite a season, and 2019 should be even better. For now, Joey Logano is the man, congratulation Joey it has been a long time coming. Welcome to the prestigious champions club Joey, you earned it.