Joey Logano Wins Wild Can Am 500 Ending, Championship 4 Set

AVONDALE, AZ – What a thrilling ending it was in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at the Phoenix International Raceway. It appeared that Matt Kenseth would win the race as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver took the lead on Lap 262 from his teammate Denny Hamlin and held a wide advantage in the closing stages of the race.

The biggest battle was between Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick for fourth place as if Harvick could get by Logano, Kyle Busch would get the final Chase spot for Homestead. If Logano held Harvick off, then Logano would get it. They were battling hard for that spot until the whole landscape of this event changed.

Michael McDowell crashed his No. 95 Chevrolet with two laps-to-go bringing out the eighth caution of the day. That bunched everyone up as the final push for the race win and the final two Chase spots would come down to the final restart.

Unfortunately for Kenseth, it was a costly crash.

Kenseth, was spun by second place Alex Bowman in Turn 1 on the restart as Bowman was trying to block Kyle Busch for second. Kenseth’s No. 20 Toyota spun into the outside SAFER barrier ending his championship hopes.

Logano and Busch would skate by and restart first and second while Kenseth would limp home 21st.

Logano, would hold off Busch for his 17th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory winning the final race of the third round. He also won the final race of the second round as well at Talladega.

Busch, would come home second for his third straight top five finish and ninth top 10 in the last 10 races.

Kyle Larson would bring his No. 42 Chevrolet home third while Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five. Both Harvick and Busch were eliminated as well as they didn’t have good enough cars to compete on Sunday.

Denny Hamlin was also eliminated as he came home seventh.

The series now heads to the final race at Homestead next Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN).

Can-Am 500 Results:

  1. 22 Logano
  2. 18 KyBusch
  3. 42 Larson
  4.  4 Harvick
  5. 41 KuBusch
  6. 88 Bowman
  7. 11 Hamlin
  8. 21 Blaney R
  9. 24 Elliott R
  10. 27 Menard
  11.  1 McMurray
  12. 31 Newman
  13.  5 Kahne
  14.  2 Keselowski
  15. 14 Stewart
  16. 16 Biffle
  17. 47 Allmendinger
  18. 13 Mears
  19. 19 Edwards
  20. 38 Cassill
  21. 20 Kenseth
  22. 43 Almirola -2
  23. 17 Stenhouse Jr. -2
  24. 15 Bowyer -2
  25. 83 DiBenedetto -2
  26. 46 Annett -3
  27.  7 Smith -3
  28.  6 Bayne -3
  29. 10 Patrick -4
  30. 44 Scott R -5
  31. 23 Ragan -5
  32. 34 Buescher R -6
  33. 32 Earnhardt R -6
  34. 95 McDowell -6
  35. 55 Kennington -8
  36. 98 Sorenson -9
  37. 30 Gaulding R -28
  38. 48 Johnson -28
  39.  3 Dillon -35
  40. 78 Truex Jr. OUT

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