A winner of at least one race in each of the past nine seasons, Logano typically doesn’t waste time finding his way to Victory Lane. That was especially true in 2020 when he prevailed twice in the four races that preceded the lengthy shutdown for the COVID-19 pandemic. Logano has been good but not great so far in 2021, but he has two runner-up finishes (Daytona road course and Phoenix) in five starts. The Team Penske driver is third in the standings heading to Atlanta, a place where he’s surprisingly winless in 14 starts.
With a little more speed in his No. 22 Ford, the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champion could be poised for a breakthrough this weekend at a track where he finished a career-best second in 2013. “We’re just not fast enough right now,” Logano said. “That’s probably the biggest thing that stands out.”