Joey Logano picked up his ninth Nationwide Series win of the season Saturday, and a late wreck by Elliott Sadler helped Ricky Stenhouse Jr. move a big step closer toward a second championship.
Logano was dominant at Phoenix but was under pressure late from Brian Vickers and Stenhouse. As they closed in on the white flag for what should have been the final lap, Sadler imploded.
The championship contender was running 12th and racing hard — too hard — with Justin Allgaier and Cole Whitt when he triggered a three-car accident. Sadler finished 22nd.
Sadler and Stenhouse started the race tied in the standings. Now Stenhouse goes into Homestead up 20.
Stenhouse can clinch the title by finishing 16th or better in the finale.
NHRA: Ron Capps rallied to top Funny Car qualifying in the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals with a run of 4.007 seconds at 319.29 mph in Pomona, Calif.
Capps trails leader Jack Beckman by two points and must win one more round than Beckman in today's finals to take the season title.
Top Fuel leader Antron Brown, trying to become the first black driver to win a major U.S. auto racing championship, was 10th after a blown engine on his final run. Shawn Langdon claimed the top spot in qualifying with a 3.730 at 327.82.
Allen Johnson and Eddie Krawiec wrapped up season titles. By qualifying for the eliminations, Johnson wrapped up his first Pro Stock title, and Krawiec won the Pro Stock Motorcycle crown for the second year in a row and third time since 2007.
INDYCAR: Danica Patrick has decided not to race in the Indianapolis 500 next season, feeling it would be a distraction to her NASCAR efforts.
She left IndyCar at the end of last season for a full-time move to NASCAR and is going full-time into the Sprint Cup Series in 2013.