What an unpredictable, wild finish.
Joining Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch found themselves heading into the Championship 4 of the Sprint Cup after the two drivers edged out their competition with solid performances at the Can-Am 500 on Sunday afternoon.
Say what you want about the Chase format, but it sure does lead to some exciting finishes.
Here's a quick look at the Can-Am 500's results and Sprint Cup standings heading into the Championship 4 on November 20.
|Can-Am 500 Results: Top 10 Finishers|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings|
|8||Martin Truex Jr.||2266|
|2016 Remaining Schedule|
|Nov. 20||Ford EcoBoost 400||Homestead-Miami Speedway||2:30 p.m. ET|
As mentioned above, Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway was insane. Full of tension and yellow cautions, Logano managed to win the race despite leading only 58 laps on the day.
While 58 laps is nothing to scoff at, it's a very small number compared to Alex Bowman, who was by far the fastest and most dominant driver on the day, leading 194 laps.
Many fans and NASCAR enthusiasts paid close attention to how Kevin Harvick was driving on Sunday.
Harvick was in a must-win scenario on Sunday to qualify for the Championship 4, a fact he we was well aware of heading into Sunday's race. Said Harvick, per Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press this past Saturday:
Everybody is in the same position that we are. If somebody (in the Chase) wins, there is only going to be one points guy that goes through, so you need to pretend like you're in a must-win situation.
Harvick has historically done well on this track, winning six of his last eight races, and had a lot to race for, but Sunday was just not his day.
Harvick started off in P7 but had some trouble gaining any type of momentum early on and even had some pit trouble getting one his tires on correctly. Falling to as far as P27, Harvick had a late surge in the last 150 laps to put himself into contention.
Matt Kenseth was having a nice day on the Phoenix track until the final 25 laps. Kenseth led 55 laps on the day and seemed to be coasting his way into the Championship 4 until he was wrecked during an overtime restart.
Busch hit Bowman on the restart and ran low on the track when Kenseth drove into his right-front tire, which spun him into the wall. It wasn't Bowman's fault that the crash occurred, but the race was turned on its head after that sequence.
At the end of the day, only four drivers remain in the hunt for the Sprint Cup.
Logano, Johnson, Edwards and Busch will have to race among themselves to see who really is No. 1, and Nov. 20 can't come soon enough in the final race of the 2016 NASCAR season at Homestead.