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NASCAR Ford Teams Nab First Eight Starting Spots At Atlanta 2023

The Blue Oval has had a slow start to the 2023 Cup Series season, but things might be turning around for the NASCAR Ford teams if qualifying for Atlanta Motor Speedway is any indication. In fact, Ford Mustang racers were fast enough in qualifying to take the first eight starting positions during the session on Saturday, March 18th, 2023.

Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 NASCAR Ford Mustang, will lead The Blue Oval train, having set the pole position with a time of 31.256 seconds at 177.374 mph. His Penske Racing teammate, Austin Cindric, will start second with a time of 31.262 seconds at 177.34 mph, followed by the third car out of the Penske Racing stable, Ryan Blaney, who got around Atlanta in 31.284 seconds at 177.215 mph. Fourth will be the No. 6 Mustang of Brad Keselowski, followed by the No. 10 Ford of Aric Almirola in fifth, and the No. 4 Mustang of Kevin Harvick in sixth. Chris Buescher’s No. 17 Mustang and Chase Briscoe’s No. 14 Mustang will start seventh and eighth respectively.

Even after  proving that the No. 22 Mustang had speed in qualifying, polesitter Logano said that he’s not sure what to expect during the actual race.

“Nobody really knows what they have for handling yet, but hopefully we have a little bit of both in this thing and we can control the race,” Logano said. “Obviously, Team Penske had a great day today and we’ll try to continue that tomorrow.”

It’s worth noting that the last time Logano started the No. 22 Mustang from the pole position was a few weeks ago at Vegas, and he ended up finishing the race dead last thanks to an incident early on.

The green flag at Atlanta will drop at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 19th, 2023.

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Results, Atlanta Motor Speedway, March 18, 2023
Pos Car Number Driver Team Time Speed Car
1 22 Joey Logano Autotrader Ford 31.256 177.374 Ford Mustang
2 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Knauf Ford 31.262 177.34 Ford Mustang
3 12 Ryan Blaney BodyArmor Smart Water Ford 31.284 177.215 Ford Mustang
4 6 Brad Keselowski King's Hawaiian Ford 31.323 176.995 Ford Mustang
5 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 31.324 176.989 Ford Mustang
6 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light Ford 31.363 176.769 Ford Mustang
7 17 Chris Buescher Violet Defense Ford 31.367 176.746 Ford Mustang
8 14 Chase Briscoe HighPoint.com Ford 31.396 176.583 Ford Mustang
9 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 31.462 176.213 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 20 Christopher Bell DeWalt Toyota 0 0 Toyota TRD Camry
11 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 31.544 175.755 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
12 34 Michael McDowell Fr8Auctions.com Ford 31.545 175.749 Ford Mustang
13 3 Austin Dillon Andy's Frozen Custard Chevrolet 31.548 175.732 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 11 Denny Hamlin Shingrix Toyota 31.554 175.699 Toyota TRD Camry
15 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 31.554 175.699 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 45 Tyler Reddick Xfinity 10G Network Toyota 31.574 175.588 Toyota TRD Camry
17 8 Kyle Busch Lenovo Chevrolet 31.583 175.537 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 1 Ross Chastain Advent Health Chevrolet 31.597 175.46 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 23 Bubba Wallace DoorDash Toyota 31.636 175.243 Toyota TRD Camry
20 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 31.642 175.21 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 9 Josh Berry(i) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 31.662 175.099 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 42 Noah Gragson # Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet 31.68 175 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 38 Todd Gilliland Gary Martin Hays Ford 31.696 174.912 Ford Mustang
24 41 Ryan Preece Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford 31.801 174.334 Ford Mustang
25 99 Daniel Suarez Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet 31.835 174.148 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 77 Ty Dillon Ferris Commercial Mowers Chevrolet 31.835 174.148 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Nature Valley Chevrolet 31.837 174.137 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Chevrolet 31.853 174.05 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 31.859 174.017 Toyota TRD Camry
30 16 AJ Allmendinger Action Industries Chevrolet 31.939 173.581 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 7 Corey LaJoie Celsius Chevrolet 31.945 173.548 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 51 Cody Ware Biohaven/Jacob Co. Ford 32.064 172.904 Ford Mustang
33 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 32.34 171.429 Ford Mustang
34 15 JJ Yeley(i) Barnett Southern Corporation Ford 32.559 170.275 Ford Mustang
35 54 Ty Gibbs # Monster Energy Toyota 34.582 160.315 Toyota TRD Camry
36 78 BJ McLeod B'laster Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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Comments

  1. Joe

    What is wrong with Harrison Burton? Has a Penske car and each week they are so slow.

    Reply
    1. blksn8k

      Should have kept DiBenedetto…

      Reply

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