NASCAR Cup Series
NASCAR Championship Sunday Notebook
Nov 7, 2022
- By winning the championship, Joey Logano became the 17th different driver to win two or more NASCAR Cup series titles in their career. Logano led 187 laps to claim the victory at Phoenix Raceway (AZ) on Sunday afternoon. Logano won four races during the 2022 season and was second in laps led this season. Most importantly, he led the final lap at Phoenix.
- Ross Chastain finished second in points, but led the series in top five finishes and top 10 finishes. Chase Elliott led the series in laps led and overall wins. Both will be likely ones to watch when the season starts at Daytona next February.
- Leading 125 laps and holding off Noah Gragson for the win and series championship, Ty Gibbs etched his name into the record books with his NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway (AZ). It was the highest of highs for Gibbs who won for the 11th time in his career for the family team. The next day, Ty Gibbs’s father Coy Gibbs passed away in his sleep at the age of 49. Racing America extends their condolences to the Gibbs family.
- The other end of the NASCAR Xfinity war came in that of Noah Gragson who finished second for his 21st top five run of the year. Gragson led the series with eight wins and 1010 laps led. All these numbers were not enough to overcome the Gibbs effort.
- When it was all said and done, us stat nerds can say the right guy won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title at Phoenix Raceway (AZ). Zane Smith won for the fourth time this year and he also led the series with 14 top five runs and 19 in the top 10. Smith also led the most laps and had an average finish of 7.7.
- Jared Fryar ended the season with a win in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Ranks. His victory at Caraway Speedway made him the 10th different winner this season. Austin MacDonald made six different winners in the Pro Late Model 100-lap race for the CARS Tour. Luke Fenhaus was able to win the Pro Late Model title with 11 top five runs.
- At the North South Shootout Matt Hirschman picked up his eighth win in 19 starts in this historic race. Hirschman is always a threat when he shows up, but the thought of him being this good this many times is hard to comprehend. He also has a total of 14 top five runs including four second-place finishes and 13 overall podium finishes.
- Elsewhere on the podium at the North-South Shootout, Burt Myers now has eight top five runs at the event. He pushed his lap leader totals up to around 400, official stats have not yet been released. These numbers are impressive and we didn’t even mention his two wins in this race.
- Gio Ruggiero was able to set a fast time, winning the Alabama State Championship at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) in the Show Me The Money season finale. With the victory, he was able to win the Show Me the Money Series title after his second win of the year. Ruggiero led the final nine laps to best Gavin Graham who ran a solid race with a second-place run.
- Sammy Smith won the battle in the ARCA Menards West Series finale at Phoenix Raceway (AZ), but Jack Drew won the award despite not finishing in the top 10 for the first time this season. Drew won four times and had an average finish of 2.7 entering the final race. He was able to score enough points to lock up the championship. The championship is the fourth for car owner Bob Bruncati
-Story by: Elgin Traylor