Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion turned NBC Sports analyst, Dale Earnhardt Jr says he really didn’t think that Team Penske’s Joey Logano was going to win the NASCAR Cup Series championship this year.

Logano in the No.22 Shell Pennzoil Team Penske Ford Mustang started Sunday’s championship race from pole and claimed two stage victories to claim his second series title.

Speaking following the race in Phoenix, Dale Jr said:

 I don’t think I thought Joey Logano was going to win this championship…winning in Vegas and how that set this team up to set to start to prepare early for Phoenix while the rest of the series had to continue to work and grind week in and week out – he talked about that this week (and) how that really took off a lot of pressure and he felt more prepared than any other driver because the Phoenix week is so busy with media.”

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