Stage 1 Finish: 1st
Stage 2 Finish: 2nd
Joey Logano secured his first win of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season Sunday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, steering the No. 22 Autotrader Ford Mustang to victory after starting from the pole position. Logano dominated the onset of the 400-mile race, leading every lap in the opening segment to record his first Stage win of the season. Logano hit pit road under the break for service and lost multiple positions, but returned to the point on Lap 76. The Team Penske driver nearly won Stage 2, but finished second after teammate Austin Cindric charged to the lead on the final lap. The two-time Cup Series champion received four fresh tires, fuel and an adjustment under the caution in preparation for the final Stage. As the intensity picked up, Logano got shuffled back in the running order but remained resilient, rejoining the top-10 after a caution on Lap 208. The driver of the No. 22 powered back to the lead on the final lap, picking up the 32nd win of his Cup Series career after leading a race-high 140 laps.
“We lost our track position there for a minute, but was able to just stay patient and work on it and this amazing fast race car allowed me to really make some great moves on the racetrack and getting the push there on the last lap to get to the outside of Brad. Just getting to break the plane of his back bumper was gonna be my only chance there and I was able to get him there and get the push from the 20 on the backstretch. Overall, just a really fast Ford Mustang is what it came down to. It’s nice to win with Autotrader on the car. I don’t think I’ve ever won a race without Shell on the car. It means a lot to get this one in Victory Lane. It’s been a lot of years coming. Atlanta, this means so much to me to win here. So many memories of driving my Legends car right here where we’re standing when I was 9 years old. This is a really special one and a dream come true.”