Lugano wins the second cup

  • Joey Logano won his second cup championship with victory today in Phoenix.

  • The win was his fourth this season and fifth overall after Clash at the Coliseum.

  • Lugano became the second Ford driver to win more than one title, joining David Pearson (1968-1969).

  • Today’s win is the 31st of his career in the Cup Series and 29th with Ford.

  • It also marks Lugano’s 12th career race win.

  • Those 29 wins tied him with David Pearson to finish fifth on Ford’s all-time winning list.

  • Today’s win is Ford’s 720th ever in the NASCAR Cup Series competition.

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang – VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW – TWICE NASCAR CUP CHAMPIONSHIP. How does this look? “Amazing. I felt like it took a long time to get back to this point, but winning championships is so special. It’s what you want. It’s the only thing I’m racing for. Race wins is great, but championships are all about it. We were in a great position. There.Everyone on the Penske team did a great job.Teamwork from the start, working through training together and everyone trying to put together the best 22 cars for us to win this championship and the goal was achieved.I cannot thank everyone enough for this opportunity.It is special. To win that stuff and get it for guys. I know how bad he wants it to be. I’ve never seen him get so stressed out in the last few weeks, and I’ve been there with him the whole time, so it was very special to have.”

How did the race go? “It went great. Everything went well today.”

You are one of 17 multiple champions in the trophy series. What about that? “It is special. Three would be better. Let’s go get another one.”

What does it mean to share this with HUDSON? “We’ve had many conversations over the past two weeks before bedtime. Since Harvick took his son in the car, I’ve always wanted to do this with Hudson. He’s a little car guy, so it was a special moment to ride together. I can’t say enough about This race team. They just grind it. They are so amazing. Paul Wolfe, everyone who put so much time and effort in the last few weeks and not just 22 teams. This goes a lot deeper when you think about the Roush Yates engines and the engine in this bad boy, everyone at Ford All the Shell and Pennzoil employees and everyone who has supported me.”

You told the kids before you left that you were going home with another star. our end. “We did it! We are champions again, yes! Oh, my God, I’m so excited. Thanks everyone, my team. You guys are amazing. He gave me a good race car, a good stop at the finish, got us ahead. Oh boy, that was so intense there at the end. It’s all about tournaments. That’s what it’s about, and we’ve been working really hard over the past few weeks trying to put ourselves in the position. And all that happened in 2020, I knew we just wanted to put in a strong performance and do it today. I can’t thank Ford and Shell-Pennzoil enough for supporting me over the past 10 years, and we got two championships today. All of our partners at Team Penske, everyone who works on these cars. It’s a big deal to win these championships. It affects the lives of many people. Obviously the news this morning with Koi, too, I don’t know what to think. But, obviously, my condolences to the Gibbs family. But just a great day for us, and kind of mixed feelings at the moment.”

Did you have any doubts about winning the second title? “No, no, I knew going into this thing that we were going to win the championship. I told the guys we were the favorites from Daytona, and we really believed it, and that’s the difference. Oh man, like I said, I had a good team with a bunch of confidence, and we had every reason in the world to be confident. I was never really ready for a championship race, and yes, we did, man. I do not believe that “.

What does it mean to have a family here? “Oh, man, he’s so special. JayMo and Emilia are at home. hi guys. Dad will be home soon, but we’ll celebrate a little bit first. We might be in for a bit rough when we get home, but man, that’s what it’s all about. When you’re a kid his age, my dream was to win the Cup, and here we go with two of them. Oh man, that means a lot. It is very special. I just want to celebrate! “

Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Minards Ford Mustang – “I wish we’d have won one. We had a great car to do it and it didn’t happen. I’m proud of the effort. We had a winning car and it just didn’t happen.”

You were trying to rejoice there at the end, but just felt a little bit. “You can’t get past anyone. You stand behind someone and they narrow you down and the air takes you away and that’s all you can do.”

Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Bush Lite Ford Mustang – “On the reboots, I kept riding on the chip and hanging on to the gear and we were through a couple of cars. I just need to run all over.”

Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford Mustang – What did you need in your last run? “I just didn’t shoot near quality. I was on top of the racetrack a little bit more than I had been all day. Honestly, 22 and 12 were pretty good in the short term every time. I had nothing for them. In the long run, I usually was A little better, I would have given up a lot in the short term. I just didn’t shoot well there in the end. I don’t really know why. I don’t know if the course just changed with sunset. It wasn’t good. I felt like this was the worst balance we’ve seen All day long. It’s a pity when that came, but overall, it was a good day.”

Should you be proud of your team for the way they finished the year? “Yeah, I definitely feel like we’re the top five teams of the week and week, especially in the last 10 weeks. It’s just a matter of putting it all together. It was one of the best races we’ve had to the finish today, but we’ve come a little short. We still have to improve a bit, But we’re definitely getting close to where we need to be.”

Is there something to definitely build on? “Yeah. Even five or three years ago or last year we were lucky to be 20th and now we are disappointed in fourth place. It says a lot about the team and how far we have come. You always want more, but overall, it was this season. Well. We just have to come back next year and be a little better.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 6 Kohler Ford Mustang – Is this a continuation of what we saw with the rubber buildup? “Yeah, I think so. It caught fire and the next thing I knew we were just sitting there. It’s a problem, but we hope for something from it and we move on.”

I’ve done some good moves throughout the year. How do you feel next year? “We’re making a lot of progress. It’s obviously a sad way to end the season, but there’s a lot of progress as a company and we need a big season of learning.”

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