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September 21, 2022

Joey Logano leads final day of Next Gen testing at Homestead-Miami

Joey Logano tests the No. 22 Ford at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Rachel Horton
NASCAR Studios

NASCAR Cup Series testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway concluded on Wednesday afternoon with a familiar name atop the speed charts.

Joey Logano posted the fastest lap at 167.126 mph on Wednesday in the Next Gen test session, wrapping up a two-day organizational test for teams to collect data and setup information ahead of the track’s Dixie Vodka 400 on Oct. 23 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), one of three pivotal races in the Round of 8 of the Cup Series Playoffs.

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Logano was consistently quick in the consecutive days of track time after posting the second-speediest lap in Tuesday’s opening session. Brad Keselowski, Logano’s former teammate and current co-owner and driver of RFK Racing, was second-fastest on Wednesday at 167.033 mph ahead of Kyle Larson (166.641 mph), Ryan Blaney (166.569 mph) and Denny Hamlin (166.441 mph)

The test carried on without notable issues before rain entered the area within the final hour of the session.

Homestead-Miami Speedway, host of the middle race of the penultimate playoff round, finds itself back on the postseason schedule for the first time since 2019, when it served as the season finale each year since 2002.

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Chase Elliott, winner of the 2020 Cup championship, noted this year’s event will bring just as much importance as any other race in the lead-up to a title run.

“It’s obviously different not being the last race, but there’s still a large amount of significance on the event, just like really all of the last 10 are,” Elliott said. “If you make it to the final one, that one’s a bit different. But the rest of them, you’re always trying to win, always trying to bank as many points as you can and you’re gonna do your part to get through the round.”

Position Car No. Name Make Team Best Speed Laps Run
1 22 Joey Logano Ford Team Penske 167.126 200
2 6 Brad Keselowski Ford RFK Racing 167.033 159
3 24 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 166.641 171
4 12 Ryan Blaney Ford Team Penske 166.569 181
5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 166.441 58
6 23 Ty Gibbs/Bubba Wallace Toyota 23XI Racing 166.113 160
7 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Chevrolet JTG-Daugherty Racing 165.787 116
8 1 Ross Chastain Chevrolet Trackhouse Racing 165.451 167
9 7 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet Spire Motorsports 165.401 124
10 21 Harrison Burton Ford Wood Brothers Racing 165.380 163
11 9 Alex Bowman Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 165.173 143
12 19 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 165.173 127
13 31 Justin Haley Chevrolet Kaulig Racing 165.017 100
14 14 Chase Briscoe Ford Stewart-Haas Racing 164.800 135
15 34 Todd Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 163.934 122
16 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 163.915 122
17 4 Kevin Harvick Ford Stewart-Haas Racing 163.320 65
18 43 Noah Gragson Chevrolet Petty GMS 161.007 145