Logano passed Chase Briscoe and passed him in the lead by 29 laps of 312 remaining and then had to hold off Penske teammate Ryan Blaney by 0.301 seconds to win the race and his second Cup Series title.
“Damn yes, boys. Well done. Thank you thank you thank you!” said Logano on his team radio after taking the checkered flag.
In September, Will Power awarded Penske his 17th IndyCar Series championship. Logano’s Cup title is Penske’s third.
Ross Chastain – who ended up being the fastest car on the track – was third, 1.2 seconds behind Logano. Without a late warning, Chastain didn’t have enough time to catch Logano or Blaney to attempt a pass.
The win is the fourth of the 2022 season for Logano, two of which will go into the playoffs. Logano now has 31 career wins and two season titles (his other came in 2018).
“We did it! We’re champions again, yes! Oh my god, I’m so excited,” said Logano, 32. “Thanks to everyone, my team. You guys are amazing. Gave me a good race car, good pit stop there at Ended put us forward boy was that just intense at the end.
“It’s all about championships. That’s what it’s all about and we’ve worked so hard over the past few weeks to position ourselves. And with everything that’s happened in 2020, I knew we just wanted to have a solid run and we’re doing that today.
“It’s such a big deal to win these championships. It affects the lives of so many people.”
Logano also addressed the death of Joe Gibbs Racing vice chairman Coy Gibbs, father of 2022 Xfinity Series champion Ty Gibbs and son of NASCAR and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs, early Sunday morning.
“Obviously also the news this morning with Coy, I don’t know what to make of that. But of course my condolences go out to the Gibbs family,” he said. “But just an incredible day for us and kind of mixed feelings at the moment.”
Logano said he never doubted he could win the title this season, which was the first with the next-gen car in the Cup Series.
“Going into this thing, I knew we were going to win the championship. I told the guys we were the Daytona favorites and we really believed it and that’s the difference,” he said.
“Man it’s like I said I had a good team with a lot of confidence and we had every reason in the world to be confident. I’ve never been this ready for a championship race and yes we did it man.
“I can not believe it.”
Briscoe was fourth in the race and Kevin Harvick was fifth.
Completing the top 10 were William Byron, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell.
Chastain is second in the series standings, Bell is third and Chase Elliott – who finished 28th and was involved in an accident – fourth.
After the break between stages 2 and 3, all the cars on the lead lap come into the pits, with Blaney pulling off the pit lane first.
At the restart on lap 193, Briscoe, Harvick, Byron and Logano Blaney followed.
As the field entered Turn 4 on Lap 194 and ran a square, first Tyler Reddick and then Michael McDowell spun, triggering the fourth warning of the race.
The race returned on lap 200 with Blaney in front on green followed by Briscoe, Byron, Harvick and Elliott.
At the restart, Elliott clipped in front of Chastain, Chastain refused to lift, and Elliott was eventually flipped and slammed into the inside wall, triggering the fifth caution.
Elliott rejoined the lap in 30th and one lap back. At the restart on lap 205, Blaney led the way, followed by Briscoe, Byron, Harvick and Logano.
On lap 209, Bell – one of the Championship 4 – reported a possible engine problem with his #20 Toyota. He appeared to have a few laps less power but reported it was back to normal.
With 70 laps to go, Blaney maintained a 1.6 second lead over Briscoe while Logano was third, best of the Championship 4.
On lap 251, Bell and Blaney were among several drivers who reached the pit lane to initiate a lap of green pit stops for new tires and fuel to make it to the end of the race.
Logano and several others followed on lap 252.
After the stop lap was completed on lap 254, Blaney pulled back to the front. He was followed by Briscoe, Harvick, Logano and Bell.
With 50 to go, Blaney continued to lead the race while Logano finished fourth, the highest of the title contenders.
Alex Bowman was destroyed in his first race after suffering a concussion by McDowell on the backstretch on lap 268, resulting in his sixth caution.
The lead lap cars all pit with Briscoe off pit lane first. During the caution, a fire broke out under Brad Keselowski’s No. 6 Ford as he rounded Turn 4. He was able to exit the car safely when the fire was extinguished.
When the race returned to green on lap 280, Briscoe was leading, followed by Blaney, Logano, Harvick and Busch. Chastain finished seventh, the highest of the title contenders.
Logano came into Briscoe at Turn 2 and reclaimed the lead with 29 laps to go. Chastain finished fourth, highest of the other title contenders.
Blaney stretched his fuel just enough to ride to victory in stage two over Logano. His #12 Ford seemed to stutter on the last lap.
Martin Truex Jr. was third, Briscoe fourth and Harvick rounded out the top five.
After the break between stages 1 and 2, all the cars on the lead lap come into the pits, with Logano starting off the pit lane first. Cole Custer was penalized for speeding in the pit lane and had to restart from the back of the field.
At the restart on lap 69, Larson, Briscoe and Byron Logano followed. After 80 laps, Logano had already established a 2.4 second lead over Larson as Truex moved up to third place. Bell was the next Championship 4 contender after Logano in sixth place.
On lap 85, Landon Cassill wrecked Turn 2 and coming back down the track hit Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s #47, resulting in a caution.
Most of the lead lap cars come off the pit lane first thanks to a two tire pit stop with Jones. Logano was second, the first car to need four new tyres.
At the restart on Lap 91, Custer, the only car out, led the way followed by Erik Jones, Logano, Larson and Truex.
Logano went back to the front as the field entered Turn 2 at the restart.
With 60 laps remaining in the stage, Logano maintained a lead of about 1 second over Blaney while Larson was third. Chastain remained the closest contender for Championship 4 behind Logano in sixth place.
On lap 145, Byron was the first of the leading lap cars to pit under green for new tires and fuel to make it to the end of the stage.
Elliott followed on lap 154, the first of the Championship 4 contenders to pit.
During the green flag stops, Blaney headed into Logano at Turn 1 on Lap 159 to take the lead for the first time in the race.
With 15 laps to go, both Byron and Elliott were able to lap themselves after their respective green flag pit stops.
Logano led all 60 laps, holding off Blaney by about half a second to take the stage one win.
Briscoe was third, Kyle Larson fourth and Truex rounded out the top five.
Logano started from pole and quickly cleared the gap to the lead.
With 40 laps left in the stage, Logano maintained a 1 second lead over Blaney while Briscoe was third.
With 20 laps to go, Blaney was within half a second of Logano when both began to swerve into the lapped traffic. The next Championship 4 contender to Logano was Elliott in sixth place.
Daniel Hemric started from the back of the field in 23rd place as he was a late replacement for Ty Gibbs, who returned to North Carolina following the death of his father Coy on Sunday morning.