The NASCAR Cup Series heads south for its fifth race of the 2023 regular season, the Ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Atlanta has proved to be a launching pad for some of the best drivers in NASCAR, both past and present. It seems it is a place where stars are born.
William Byron captured his second Cup Series checkered flag at Atlanta last year. He has proceeded to light up the circuit, and he heads into this weekend’s race with back-to-back wins at Las Vegas and Phoenix.
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And although Byron sits at 29th in the standings — he, Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman were docked 100 regular-season points and 10 playoff points each after NASCAR found Hendrick Motorsports had illegally modified their cars’ hood louvers — the 25-year-old seems as good a bet as any to compete on the 1.54-mile oval.
But will Byron win? That’s anybody’s guess. A better predictor of success: the results of Saturday’s qualifying, which will determine who is the pole sitter for Sunday’s race.
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With that, here’s what you need to know about the starting order for Sunday’s race.
Who won the pole for the Ambetter Health 400 in 2023?
Joey Logano captured the pole in Saturday’s final qualifying round, blazing around the track at an average speed of 177.734 mph. This is his 28th career pole, his second of the season and his second at Atlanta. His first pole at the track came in 2015.
The top eight spots in the field belong by Ford cars: three each from Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing and two from RFK Racing.
“I’m hoping it’s transferable to the race,” Logano said, per NASCAR.com. “I think it’s pretty obvious at this point throughout the field where certain manufacturers have gone over the offseason with some of their changes to the noses and whatnot. It’s pretty obvious that this is kind of our wheelhouse — when you come to superspeedways or bigger race tracks like Fontana, Michigan, Atlanta, Talladega, Daytona. I think those will probably be our strongest race tracks and it kind of showed again today.”
Ambetter Health 400 starting lineup 2023
Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Austin Cindric will be on the front row for Sunday’s race, based on qualifying results. Fellow Penske driver Ryan Blaney qualified third for the race.
Josh Berry will reprise his role in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 car, once again replacing Chase Elliott, who is recovering from surgery to repair a leg injury he suffered in a snowboarding accident in Colorado.
|Starting pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1.||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|2.||Austin Cindric||2||Team Penske|
|3.||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|4.||Brad Keselowski||6||RFK Racing|
|5.||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6.||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|7.||Chris Buescher||17||RFK Racing|
|8.||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9.||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10.||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11.||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|12.||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|13.||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|14.||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|15.||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|16.||Tyler Reddick||45||23XI Racing|
|17.||Kyle Busch||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|18.||Ross Chastain||1||Trackhouse Racing|
|19.||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|20.||Justin Haley||31||Kaulig Racing|
|21.||Josh Berry||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|22.||Noah Gragson||42||Legacy Motor Club|
|23.||Todd Gilliland||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|24.||Ryan Preece||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|25.||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing|
|26.||Ty Dillon||77||Spire Motorsports|
|27.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|28.||Erik Jones||43||Legacy Motor Club|
|29.||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|30.||AJ Allmendinger||16||Kaulig Racing|
|31.||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|32.||Cody Ware||51||Rick Ware Racing|
|33.||Harrison Burton||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|34.||JJ Yeley||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|35.||Ty Gibbs||54||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|36.||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
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