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    AVONDALE, Ariz. Nick Leddy Jersey . -- Matt Kenseths misfortune gave Joey Logano a chance to race for the championship.In an improbable turn of events, Kenseth came within two laps of a spot in next week in the title-deciding finale to eliminated from NASCARs playoffs. Logano was gifted a victory Sunday that put him in the final four after a tense double-overtime event at Phoenix International Raceway.Kenseth had the win in hand until a late caution sent the race to extra laps. Although he cleared traffic on the restart, his teammate Kyle Busch had contact with Alex Bowman that altered Bowmans racing line.Kenseths spotter told the driver he was clear, but he actually cut down on Bowman and the contact caused him to crash.Logano saw the sequence unfolding, let off his gas early, and slid into the lead after the accident. He then held off Busch in the second overtime for the win that qualified him for the championship next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Prior to Kenseths accident, Logano was in danger of elimination.Im like `Oh, shoot, were out, and it was going to be so close there at the end to try to get ourselves through, and next thing you know the caution comes out and the whole game changes, Logano said. We find ourselves as the leader and we win the race. Thats NASCAR racing at its finest.Logano won the race -- the second time in this Chase he used a victory in an elimination race to advance -- and will race for his first Sprint Cup title next Sunday. Hell be trying to give Roger Penske a season sweep during its 50th anniversary season. Simon Pagenaud won the IndyCar title in September.Ive never felt this good about a win before, Logano said. There was so much on the line and everyone brings their A-game when it comes to winning championships and this team did it.I feel like I just won the Daytona 500 again.Busch finished second and earned a chance to defend last years title. Hell meet Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson, who is seeking a record-tying seventh championship, in Homestead.JGR, which was trying to get all four of its Toyotas into the final , wound up with only two and Busch wasnt feeling celebratory. He believed his contact with Bowman triggered the accident that wrecked Kenseths season.Its really unfortunate and devastating to have the race come down like that, Busch said. Thats so frustrating and aggravating, and I feel horrible.Eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday were Kevin Harvick, an eight-time winner at Phoenix who had raced in the last two finales, as well as his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch. Gibbs drivers Kenseth and Denny Hamlin were also knocked out of the field.Disappointing would be the way to put it lightly, Kenseth said. Finish that race five minutes before that, looked like we had a chance to go race for a championship. It was a big swing in 10 or 15 minutes.Hamlin finished seventh after a bizarre decision not to pit with the rest of the field for track position. Although it gave him a brief lead, he was no match for drivers with fresh tires.I knew it was going to be an uphill climb, Hamlin said.PIT ROAD PENALTIES: NASCAR picked Sunday to enforce a rule against passing the pace car when a driver dips onto pit road for a stop. Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson were both penalized for the infraction, and the punishment was holding the car for a lap on pit road.Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus were incredulous.I dont understand that in the least little bit, Johnson said on his radio. This is absolutely ridiculous, NASCAR. I have no clue what I did wrong.Johnson said hell ask for clarification this week.In 15 years, that has never been a concern, and I was always told that the last thing NASCAR wanted to do would be to penalize the leader, Johnson said. I am still baffled, and I dont know if I will stop being baffled.BOWMAN OUT FRONT: Alex Bowman badly wants a job for next year, and his continued strong pace as the replacement driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr. is giving him a solid case to present to prospective employers.Bowman had led just nine laps in his first 79 career Sprint Cup races. Six of those laps were earlier this year driving Earnhardts Chevrolet. A pole-winning run for Sundays race helped Bowman lead a race-high 194 laps and was attempting to win the race before the late accident. He faded to sixth, and felt bad about his incident with Kenseth.I hate it for Matt. I would have raced the hell out of him for the win, but definitely dont want to do that, Bowman said. Hate that, and it ruined our day, too. So its unfortunate.UP NEXT: The season finale at Homestead, where the championship will be decided. Harvick won the race in 2014 to win his championship, and Kyle Busch won last year to claim the title. 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Light heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba and up-and-comer Oleksandr Gvozdyk will meet in a scheduled 10-rounder in one of the HBO PPV undercard bouts on the Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward card on Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Main Events announced on Thursday.While Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) will defend his three 175-pound world title belts against former super middleweight world champion Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) in the main event, the Chilemba-Gvozdyk winner will be angling for a shot at the belts.Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs), 29, of Malawi and based in South Africa, had a crack at Kovalev in his last bout, getting knocked down in the seventh round but going the 12-round distance in a decision loss to one of boxings most powerful punchers on July 11 in Ekaterinburg, Russia, near Kovalevs hometown. It was Chilembas second loss in a row but his previous defeat, a 12-round majority decision to Eleider Alvarez 10 months ago in a title eliminator was controversial with many believing Chilemba deserved the nod.Chilemba said he will train for Gvozdyk with former pound-for-pound king and former light heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr.Oleksandr Gvozdyk, with a good amateur background, is highly rated and undefeated as a pro. Im going to work with my idol, the person I look up to most, Roy Jones Jr., Chilemba said. This is a huge opportunity for me to train with him, learn from him, and have him in my corner. Not only is he the greatest, but he cares and has love for the game. Im looking forward to getting back in the ring, and completing what I should have done in my fight against Kovalev, but 10 times better than ever.Said Jones: Isaac is a very exciting fighter with a lot of upside. I am very excited to be training him and be part of his team now. I look forward to seeing much bigger and better things from him in the future. He is fightingg a very good opponent so we look forward to this challenge. Thomas Hickey Jersey. I cant wait to start to work with him.The 29-year-old Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs), a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist from Ukraine who now trains with Robert Garcia in Oxnard, California, is coming off a fifth-round knockout of former world title challenger Tommy Karpency on the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol undercard on July 23 in Las Vegas.I am really happy to have this opportunity to fight on such a big card like Kovalev-Ward, Gvozdyk said. Thanks to (promoter) Top Rank, Main Events and to my manager Egis Klimas to make my goals come true. Chilemba is a tough opponent and I am expecting a tough fight. Its a good test for me and I will pass it.Said Garcia: Oleksandr Gvozdyk is an Olympic medalist with a lot of amateur experience, great skills and tremendous power. Chilemba is a very good fighter who lost a decision to Kovalev. I think Chilemba will bring the best out of Gvozdyk. Gvozdyk is very dedicated and came to the USA to become a world champion and this fight gets him closer to that dream.Main Events CEO Kathy Duva put the fight together with Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti, who used to work for her.Isaac was a warrior against Sergey Kovalev, she said. That was a tough battle for both fighters. Many fighters would have preferred a tune-up fight after facing Sergey Kovalev for 12 rounds but Isaac has the heart of a champion. He wasted no time getting back in the ring and demanded the toughest opposition we could find for him.Said Moretti: This is a huge opportunity and a step-up fight for Oleksandr, especially fighting on this card. We believe hes ready but theres only one way to find out and well all have the answer on Nov. 19. 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