Hamlin takes pole at final race of season

NBC Sports Group's 2018 NASCAR Championship Coverage

Joey Logano waves a checkered flag as he stands with his wife Brittany Baca and son Hudson after winning NASCAR Cup Series Championship auto race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Homestead, Fla. The seven-time champ and crew chief Chad Knaus will part ways after the season, as was previously announced. He started with Joe Gibbs Racing as a teenager, was pushed into the Cup Series prematurely when Gibbs needed a replacement driver for Tony Stewart, and was snagged by Penske when Gibbs let Logano go after the 2012 season. Busch won in 2015, Truex previous year and a second title for any of The Big Three would give NASCAR just its second active driver with multiple championships. First, a parachuter participating in pre-race ceremonies got his chute tangled on the front stretch catch fence and it took a while to get him down from the fence. The Team Penske driver led a race-best 80 laps in getting it.

The 28-year-old driver now has 21 career wins and ond one NASCAR Cup championship.

"I don't know what else I could have done", Truex said.

But Logano kicked it into another gear during the playoffs with two victories and got eight top-10 finishes in the postseason.

Truex, who had vowed that he would be in an "eye-for-an-eye" situation racing Logano for the championship, never got the chance in the final few laps because of Logano's daring pass. "I think it's not that big a deal if we can get our vehicle driving right for Sunday". "If we were in the same position, I would hope we'd be smart enough to do the same thing". Here is a look at the four drivers who will compete for the 2018 Championship.

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Logano, a native of Middletown, Conn., won the season finale Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to grab his first Cup championship in a season in which he barely contended until the playoffs began. "Man, I worked my whole life to get here to win a championship".

"So just proud of them, and we're going to celebrate no matter what tonight".

Representatives from the four championship teams held a news conference at Homestead and insisted the sport is moving in the right direction. "It hurts a little, and I'm going to miss all of the guys".

Busch said Friday he thought the idea would get shot down as it did for Truex, and Hamlin didn't seem eager to give up his prize. But Logano kicked it into another gear to steal the title. "But Logano's Ford stuck to the turn and he blew by Truex".

Nevertheless, when Busch led the field to the final restart with 15 laps left, there was a glimmer of hope.

Logano's third win came at Homestead, where the champion has won the race to win the title since this format was introduced in 2014.

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