On Sunday afternoon, Joey Logano makes a winning pass on the last lap at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series Ambetter 400.
The NASCAR Cup Series returns to the east coast for a 400-mile showdown at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is the second year that Atlanta is showcasing its reconfiguration which was done in 2021. The banking in the corners was increased and the track was made significantly narrower. The track races like a superspeedway with drivers running in large packs. The two races in 2022 showed how unpredictable the action can be.
Joey Logano Leads the NASCAR Cup Series Field to the Green Flag at Atlanta
Joey Logano started in the top spot and he had the dominant car early on.
Ten laps into the stage, Bubba Wallace spun out of line and hit the inside wall on the backstretch. Joey Logano stayed out and continued to hold down the lead.
The rest of the opening segment ran without caution as Logano was able to lead wire to wire to pick up the stage win.
Kyle Busch Takes the Lead Off Pit Road
The race off pit road during the stage break put Kyle Busch in the lead as he brought the field back to racing when the green flag fell. He went back and forth with Ryan Blaney, but Joey Logano surged into the lead from third on the 11th lap of the second segment.
The field began making its way down pit road under the green flag and Logano was able to cycle back into the lead with 18 laps remaining.
On the final lap, Austin Cindric tried to make a run for the lead and was successful after receiving a push from Alex Bowman. Cindric passed Logano at the line to win the second stage of the day.
Several Drivers Contend for the Lead
The action became hot and heavy in the early goings of the third stage. Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick all exchanged positions for the lead within the opening fifteen laps.
With Kevin Harvick leading, Ross Chastain had a big run to the back of Harvick. Some air was taken off the back of Harvick causing him to spin out. Ten other cars were also involved in the wreck as the field gathered up for another restart.
Aric Almirola took over as race leader, but even he had issues. With fifty laps remaining, Almirola blew a tire and spun out in front of the field. This ended his day as well as Kyle Larson’s who ran into Almirola.
Brad Keselowski restarted with the lead which gave him a hand full of action. He and Joey Logano went back and forth for the race lead. Keselowski held off Logano, but it was not over between the two. Joey Logano rallied late and was able to catch back up to Keselowski in the closing laps.
Joey Logano Makes a Winning Pass on the Last Lap at Atlanta
With help from his Team Penske teammates, Joey Logano was too much for Brad Keselowski. Logano made a pass for the lead on the final lap and cleared Keselowski down the backstretch.
Joey Logano brought it around the fourth turn all alone up front to win the Ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The Ambetter Health 400 Results
It was a solid battle between two former teammates, but in the end, Joey Logano had more help to make a pass on Brad Keselowski. The day belonged to Logano, and he was not going home without winning that race.
Logano led 140 laps out of the 260 total laps. Logano led the first stage for its entirety and almost won the second stage as well.
NASCAR Cup Series Point Standings
For a dominant day, Logano was happy to be the race winner and now the NASCAR Cup Series point leader. He was aggressive in the closing laps, making sure he was in place to win the race. A race worth remembering for Joey Logano and his No. 22 team.