The March NASCAR Cup Series schedule continued Sunday with Joey Logano coming away victorious in a thriller in the Ambetter Health 400, and we had you covered with all the action from start to finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway!
The 260-lap race covered 400 miles and consisted of an opening stage of 60 laps, followed by two 100-lap stages.
Sunday’s win marked Logano’s first win of the 2023 Cup season.
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Actor Jesse Metcalfe and a handful of the 2022 National Champion Georgia Bulldogs gave the order to drivers to start their engines. And so things began in Georgia!
It was a rough start for the #23, as Bubba Wallace ran into trouble in the back of Turn 2 early on, bringing out the first caution of the day on just lap 10.
The first restart of the day came on lap 16, and things went back to green.
Not too fast
Kyle Larson jumped off the line and tried to make a big move, but things didn’t go as planned.
Instead, he ended up falling back and falling to 12th place with his risky move.
Stage 1 in the books
Logano took the first stage win of the day, followed by Austin Cindric, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.
Elsewhere, Kyle Busch, who started 17th, won the pit race for the lead. Keselowski took second, while Logano dropped to fifth. The green flag came out again on lap 68.
Blaney was the early leader in the second stage…
… but that was short-lived as Logano regained the lead moments later.
Two down, one to go!
Cindric took the lead in Stage 2, followed by Logano, Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick and William Byron rounding out the top five.
follow the leader
It was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who took the lead at the start of the third and final lap.
Kevin Harvick got out of the lead ahead of the rest of the field and caused a major crash after Ross Chastain closed in on Harvick from the inside line.
Kevin Harvick spins and crashes in the Ambetter Health 400
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Not the way he drew it
After all that, Aric Almirola retook the lead and the green flag came out again with 61 laps to go, but both were short-lived.
Almirola blew a right rear tire, which was over 70 laps at the time, at the front of the field, absolutely destroying Larson’s car in the process. Daniel Suarez, Justin Haley and Reddick were also caught up in the crash, but only Suarez had his day ended prematurely because of it.
Race leader Aric Almirola went out and wrecked in the Ambetter Health 400
Kyle Larson discusses the costly wreck at the Ambetter Health 400
Teamwork makes the dream work
Logano took the lead with help from Blaney with 33 laps to go.
Soon after, Logano found himself running side by side with Keselowski to retake the lead. With 20 laps to go, Keselowski was out front trying to keep Logano and Reddick from passing him.
In the end, Logano got a big push from Corey LaJoie that then-leader Keselowski couldn’t block in the closing moments of the race, taking the lead halfway down the backstretch and holding it the rest of the way to ensure victory
Logano was followed by Keselowski, Christopher Bell, LaJoie, Reddick, Hamlin, Blaney, Erik Jones, Ty Gibbs and Busch to round out the top 10 finishers in Sunday’s race.
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