Logano’s title run gives Ford first driver championship since 2004
Joey Logano is 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion — and Ford Performance has added another driver title to its coffers for the first time since 2004.
So long, 14-year streak.
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Logano, 28, won the title with a display of gumption, perfectly executing a brilliant pass on race leader Martin Truex Jr. with 12 laps to go following a restart.
He held the No. 78 Toyota at bay for the next two laps, then powered well ahead of Truex Jr. over the final eight-lap stretch to win on Ford Championship Weekend.
The title was the first for Logano, who added a second driver championship for team owner Roger Penske.
Kurt Busch won the 2004 championship for team owner Jack Roush, the last time a Ford driver won the premier series title. Matt Kenseth won for Roush the previous season in 2003.
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