“They Really Found Something” – Joey Logano Explains How Chase Elliott Won the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race

Published 11/10/2020, 8:48 AM EST
Avondale, AZ, USA; Chase Elliot leads on the 125th lap during the Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Breen-USA TODAY NETWORK


When Chase Elliott‘s #9 car failed pre-race inspection twice, Joey Logano thought he had a chance at the title. Even Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin were of the same mindset when Elliott was sent to the back of the pack. Little did they know what was about to happen next, the comeback of a lifetime.

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Somehow, the Hendrick Motorsports #9 car was able to dispatch off everyone and retake the lead to win the race. Joey Logano was understandably gutted, as he led the majority of the race, at least 119 laps.

According to him, his Penske team got him in front of #9 with a significant gap between them. However, #9 just fired off the blocks a lot faster than himself and anyone else, and just kept going.

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Sep 12, 2020; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) races during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking about his own race, Joey Logano said, ” The 9 just kind of fired off a lot faster and kept going.

“We had another tire vibration there towards the end, last 25 laps, 30 laps of the run. Yeah, I thought we were in a good spot. We were right with the 9 right before the green flag cycle and was able to come out in front of him,” he added.

“And then, like I said, he just had a lot of speed that last run. They really found something.”

Joey Logano and the other drivers could not stop Chase Elliott

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Logano, Keselowski, and Hamlin were flattered to deceive themselves into thinking that they could win. With this win, Chase Elliott is the youngest champion in the Cup Series, since Jeff Gordon.

This race was important for everyone, as this was a chance for two of them to grab their maiden title. For Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski, they could have added to their respective 2018 and 2012 Cup Series titles. In the end, Chase Elliott pulled off a miracle of a drive and took the title.

He was practically unstoppable, rocketing up to the Top 10 all within the first stage itself. From there, he turned up the intensity to 11 and left his rivals in the dust.

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