Due to Martin Truex Jr’s win at Martinsville and Kevin Harvick’s now at Texas, we know that one spot into the Championship 4 will go to a wildcard driver. with only three races in each round and four drivers advancing to the final race with a shot at the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, it means one spot is available on points.
With how the standings sit heading to Phoenix now, it’s a battle between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano for that final spot.
Busch holds a two point lead on Logano for the third spot in the playoff standings. If Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson or Chase Elliott wins the race at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix, then we know it’s Busch vs. Logano for sure for that one spot. They’re too far up on everyone else for one of them not to make it on.
Both know that’s at stake now.
“It is going to be a good battle for sure,” said Logano on the battle now with Busch. “We are definitely racing for that last spot just in case someone behind us outside of the top-four wins. Then it will come down to (Busch) and the 22 to try to get for that last spot. It is going to be fun. I am looking forward to the battle. It will be a good time. Obviously the 18 team is good and Kyle is a good driver but I think we are a great team and they are beatable just like everybody else.”
Busch, says Logano is a viable contender despite Busch winning each of the last two times in Phoenix and Logano having only scored three top five finishes in his last 19 starts on the season.
“We all know one guy is going to move through on points and we have to do whatever we have to do in order to be that guy,” said Busch. “If we can obviously go to Phoenix and have a strong run and be able to go out there and win, that will put ourselves through as well too. We’re two (points) on (Joey Logano) so it’s going to be a race between the 18 and the 22, imagine that. … The last couple times we’ve been to Phoenix, we’ve run pretty good. Hopefully, that can translate to this time around again. We were good at Richmond and normally Richmond translates good there. Loudon (N.H.), that translates there. I’m optimistic about it. I think we can do okay. It’s just a matter of running another clean race and not having mistakes.”