Joey Logano wins 2016 Can-Am 500 near Phoenix

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Shell/Pennzoil Mosiac NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano has won the Can-Am 500 on Sunday. He won the race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. With the win, Logano moves on to the Championship 4 in the playoffs.

He won the race in the second overtime attempt.

Shell Pennzoil Ford driver Joey Logano takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Can-Am 500
Joey Logano takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Can-Am 500 (Getty Images)

“I’ve never felt this good about a win before,” Logano said. “There was so much on the line and everyone brings their A-game when it comes to winning championships and this team did it.

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“Man, this feels so good. We’re racing for a championship now.”

He now has three wins on the season. Besides winning at Phoenix, he also has wins at Michigan and Talladega.

The Connecticut-born driver will be joined in the Champion 4 with Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards. The four drivers will compete for the Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend.

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Kyle Busch was the second-place finisher in his M&M’s entry for Joe Gibbs Racing. Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson finished third in his Target/Coca-Cola ride.

Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Matt Kenseth were eliminated from the Championship picture following this race.

Alex Bowman led a race-high 194 laps. Logano, Kenseth, Johnson, and Hamlin also led multiple laps in the race.

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Bowman – who is filling in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. — made contact with Kenseth. However, he was able to maintain his position.

“I feel bad, but there was really nothing I could do,” Bowman said. “You get defensive there into Turn 1 and [Kenseth’s] spotter cleared him because he just drove across the nose like he thought he was clear. It’s unfortunate and I hate that. Maybe I just got in there too deep but I was against the inside wall when we made contact. “It’s just hard racing at the end and you know that happens because you are racing for the win in a Cup race.”

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