Lugano holds pole for NASCAR Championship race, Chastain fastest in practice

As expected, the final festivities ended on the track leading up to the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Finals with Championship 4 contenders atop the speed charts at Phoenix Raceway. In a battle between veterans and novices, the experienced finally came to the fore when it mattered.

Joey Logano will outperform his rivals after winning first place in the Championship Cup race (1 p.m. Sunday, NBC) by 26.788 seconds around the mile oval, which was enough to beat teammate Ryan Blaney. Three thousandths of a second.

Back at the end of the series last year, that award comes with special significance to Lugano and his #22 Ford Mustang Pinske team. Kyle Larson was able to become the 2021 champion thanks to winning the pole and securing his first pit stall, as his team launched an unprecedented pit stop to take the lead in the final race resumption.