Logano wins Atlanta Cup race with last-lap pass on Keselowski

Logano wins Atlanta Cup race with last-lap pass on Keselowski

Keselowski was in control of Sunday’s race as the laps wound down but Logano – who had led much of the race (140 of 260 laps) – had worked his way back into contention.

On the final lap, Keselowski led the outside line while Logano led the inside. As the field headed toward Turn 3, Logano went to the outside of Keselowski, and thanks to a big push from Christopher Bell, was able to clear Keselowski for the lead.

Logano then held off Keselowski by 0.193 seconds to earn his first win of the season and first at Atlanta, where he spent many years of his youth racing Legends cars on the ¼-mile infield oval.


“First off, winning at Atlanta is so special to me. So many memories of me and my dad (Tom) and racing right here on the quarter-mile and this is the full circle,” said Logano, who earned his 32nd career win.

“So many memories racing here in the Legends car and having a good time and dreaming of going straight on the quarter-mile and on to the big track. That was always the dream to do. To finally win here means so much to me personally.

“This (car) was an animal. It was very, very fast. I was able to lead a ton of laps, raced really hard there at the end and got a good push from (Bell) to clear myself (for the lead). Huge victory. Nice to get one early in the season – always feels better.

“A great day for us.”

Bell ended up third, Corey LaJoie finished a career-best fourth and Tyler Reddick – who raced with flu-like symptoms – ended up fifth.

Completing the top-10 were Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Ty Gibbs and Kyle Busch.

Stage 3

Following the break between Stages 2 and 3, all the lead-lap cars pit with Aric Almirola first off pit road thanks to a fuel-only stop.

Chris Buescher had to restart from the rear of the field for speeding on pit road. Reddick was forced to pit again as the team didn’t get all the fuel in on his first stop.

On the restart on Lap 169, Almirola was followed by Logano, Austin Cindric, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman.

Stenhouse got a shove off Turn 2 and grabbed the lead on the restart for the first time in the race.

Hamlin, using the bottom lane and a push from LaJoie, got around Stenhouse to take the lead on Lap 176 as Stenhouse dropped to second.

Shortly after Kevin Harvick took the lead on Lap 189, Ross Chastain got Harvick loose from behind on Lap 190 and Harvick’s No. 4 Ford went for a spin in front of the field.

Among the car involved in the incident were…

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