HOMESTEAD, Fla – Joey Logano vowed last week that he was the favorite to win this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. That sparked some controversy within the garage as not many people were talking about him being a legitimate title contender.
Even heading into this weekend’s season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Logano still said that he was the favorite over the “Big 3?”Can he back that up?
So far, yes.
Logano, qualified his No. 22 Ford fifth for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). In the two final practice sessions of the year on Saturday, no one was quicker than Logano.
He was fastest in both practice sessions on single lap as well as 10 lap averages. In session No. 1, Logano circled the 1.5-mile track with a speed of 169.609 mph. In final practice, he went 171.701 mph.
This certainly will make things interesting on Sunday. The “Big 3” were obviously the top favorites but Logano really is showing that despite no wins on 1.5-mile tracks since 2014, he does have the top average finishing position in the playoffs and has the fastest car among the four this weekend so far.
Kyle Busch was 23rd and 12th respectively while Kevin Harvick was 28th and 14th respectively. On 10 lap averages, Busch was ninth and third respectively and Harvick 13th and 10th respectively.
Martin Truex Jr. was probably the second best so far as the defending series and race champion was ninth and second respectively in practice on single lap runs and fifth and second respectively on 10 lap averages.
The “best of the rest” went to Aric Almirola as he was second fastest in the first session and fifth in final practice.
Denny Hamlin (168.492 mph), Ryan Newman (167.999 mph) and Erik Jones (167.411 mph) rounded out the top five in the morning practice while Brad Keselowski (170.428 mph), Erik Jones (170.191 mph) and Almirola (169.742 mph) were the top five in final practice.
Both sessions were clean without any incidents.