ARCA Grads Busch and Logano Make Up Half of Cup Final Four Headed to Homestead

ARCA Grads Busch and Logano Make Up Half of Cup Final Four Headed to Homestead

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards graduates make up half of the Championship Four that will compete for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title next Sunday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, who both won races in ARCA as they transitioned from regional short track racing into major league stock car racing, locked themselves into the Championship Four with wins in the semi-final round; Logano won at Martinsville while Busch won on Sunday at Phoenix.

Busch, the 2015 MENCS champion, made his ARCA debut at the age of 17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2002. In 2003, he started seven races driving for Hendrick Motorsports, winning the first two of them at Nashville and Kentucky. Busch scored the third and final victory of his ARCA career in the 2004 season opener at Daytona.

Since, he has gone on to collect 194 victories across the top three national NASCAR series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Busch is the career leader in wins in the NXS and NCWTS with 92 and 51, respectively, and has 51 career MENCS wins, 11th on the all-time list. Busch earned his eighth MENCS win of 2018 Sunday at Phoenix.

Logano scored two ARCA Racing Series wins in just four series starts in 2008 and 2009. Driving for Venturini Motorsports, Logano won ARCA's return to Rockingham Speedway in 2008 and backed that up with his second career win at Pocono in 2009.

Logano has win 51 times across NASCAR's top three national series, including 20 Cup wins, 30 NXS wins, and a lone NCWTS victory. While he has yet to win a Cup Series championship, he will be racing for the title for the second time in the last three years. Logano scored his second win of the year two weeks ago at Martinsville and has a series-leading 25 top-ten finishes in 2018.

Defending series champion Martin Truex, Jr. and Kevin Harvick, the 2014 series champion, also locked up berths in the Championship Four at Phoenix.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship will be decided Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be televised live on NBC at 2:30 pm ET.