Phoenix NASCAR: Joey Logano wins, Kyle Busch seals final Chase spot

Joey Logano won a tense Phoenix NASCAR Sprint Cup race, as reigning champion Kyle Busch managed the points to secure the final spot in the Chase decider

Phoenix NASCAR: Joey Logano wins, Kyle Busch seals final Chase spot

Six drivers entered the race vying for the two remaining places alongside Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards in the championship showdown, and any of them could have won.

Dale Earnhardt Jr's Hendrick stand-in Alex Bowman and Penske driver Logano were the early leaders, but it was on lap 256 of the planned 312 when Martin Truex Jr and Ryan Newman came together to trigger a caution and the fourth round of pitstops that the order was upset.

The frontrunners all opted for different strategies, and on the restart the six contenders vying for the final Chase spots (Logano, Matt Kenseth, the Busch brothers, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin) were all in the lead pack.

In an extremely close-fought final stint, positions changed hands constantly and of the Chase cut-off protagonists only Kurt Busch never found himself in the pound seat at any point.

On what should have been the penultimate lap, Michael McDowell spun and triggered a caution and overtime.

Third-placed Kyle Busch tapped Bowman and Kenseth ahead at the restart, sending them into the Turn 1 wall and denying 2003 champion Kenseth a spot in the Homestead shootout.

That caused a final caution after which Logano held on to win from Kyle Busch.

Harvick kept the pair on edge as best he could, but couldn't quite work his way past third-placed Kyle Larson and had to concede defeat in the title race.

The result means Logano, Kyle Busch, Edwards and Johnson will be the four title contenders in next week's finale at Homestead.

RESULTS - 324 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 3h08m59.s
2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.587s
3 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0.756s
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 1.052s
5 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 1.261s
6 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1.420s
7 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1.488s
8 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 2.275s
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2.637s
10 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2.714s
11 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 2.827s
12 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2.914s
13 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3.045s
14 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 3.289s
15 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 3.364s
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 3.600s
17 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 3.659s
18 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 3.855s
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4.102s
20 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 6.181s
21 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 11.937s
22 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 2 Laps
23 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 2 Laps
24 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 2 Laps
25 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 2 Laps
26 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 3 Laps
27 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 3 Laps
28 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 3 Laps
29 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 4 Laps
30 Brian Scott Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 5 Laps
31 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 5 Laps
32 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 6 Laps
33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Go FAS Racing Ford 6 Laps
34 Michael McDowell Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 6 Laps
35 D.J. Kennington Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 8 Laps
36 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 9 Laps
37 Gray Gaulding The Motorsports Group Chevrolet Fuel pump
38 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28 Laps
39 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 35 Laps
40 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota Accident

REMAINING TITLE CONTENDERS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Kyle Busch 5000
2 Joey Logano 5000
3 Jimmie Johnson 5000
4 Carl Edwards 5000



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