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No. 12 Nascar Ford Spins Out But Finishes Third At Nashville 2022: Video

Rain and lightning wreaked havoc at Nashville Superspeedway on June 26th, 2022, causing lengthy delays for the Cup Series race in Tennessee. When things finally got rolling, Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Nascar Ford Mustang, proved that he is a true wheelman after he saved his race car from a spin and rallied back to finish third, the best of all the Ford teams.

Nascar Cup Series race cars parked and covered during a rain delay at Nashville Superspeedway, June 2022

Blaney’s No. 12 Mustang hung out near the front of the field for much of the race, but he lost the back end of his race car with 96 laps left to go and spun out. He managed to save it, spinning its nose away from the wall at the last second, tagging the wall with only the rear bumper. The caution flag flew for him, but he was able to gather it back up and headed to Pit Road to assess the damage.

The incident didn’t affect how the No. 12 Nascar Ford handled, and Blaney guided it back to the front of the field after a series of late-race cautions. Race winner Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, took on a similar strategy to Blaney, as they both elected to stay out while the race leaders pitted on a caution with nine laps left. The checkered flag flew over Blaney’s No. 12 Mustang in third, bested only by the No. 45 Toyota TRD Camry of Kurt Busch and the No. 9 Camaro of Elliott.

While Blaney’s No. 12 Ford excelled after an incident, the No. 6 Mustang of Brad Keselowski experienced the inverse. Keselowski ran within the top 10 for much of the final stage of the race, but made heavy contact with Cole Custer’s No. 41 Ford and slowed on the speedway with nine laps left. Interestingly, Nascar did not throw a caution for the incident, despite Keselowski’s No. 6 Ford going dangerously slow on the racing surface as he attempted to get back into the pits. He ultimately finished 29th.

Nascar Cup Series Race Results, Nashville Superspeedway, June 26, 2022
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 4 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 300 42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 19 45 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Toyota 300 3 Toyota TRD Camry
3 6 12 Ryan Blaney Advance Auto Parts Ford 300 1 Ford Mustang
4 3 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 7 1 Ross Chastain Jockey Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 300 114 Toyota TRD Camry
7 24 2 Austin Cindric # Menards/Duracell Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
8 9 20 Christopher Bell DeWalt Toyota 300 0 Toyota TRD Camry
9 2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 300 4 Ford Mustang
10 8 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light Apple Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
11 23 43 Erik Jones FOCUSfactor Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
12 30 23 Bubba Wallace Root Insurance Toyota 300 0 Toyota TRD Camry
13 18 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
14 20 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 5 99 Daniel Suarez Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 25 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Entenmann's Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 11 10 Aric Almirola Haas Automation Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
18 16 8 Tyler Reddick 3CHI Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 14 16 AJ Allmendinger(i) Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 22 7 Corey LaJoie Schluter Systems Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 36 18 Kyle Busch Pedigree Toyota 300 54 Toyota TRD Camry
22 10 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 300 82 Toyota TRD Camry
23 21 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 300 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 33 38 Todd Gilliland # Boot Barn Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
25 26 21 Harrison Burton # DEX Imaging Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
26 17 41 Cole Custer Dixie Vodka Ford 300 0 Ford Mustang
27 31 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 298 0 Ford Mustang
28 32 15 JJ Yeley(i) Ford 298 0 Ford Mustang
29 27 6 Brad Keselowski King's Hawaiian Ford 298 0 Ford Mustang
30 15 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 297 0 Ford Mustang
31 29 42 Ty Dillon Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet 297 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 35 78 BJ McLeod(i) Motorsport Games XBOX Ford 295 0 Ford Mustang
33 34 77 Josh Bilicki(i) Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet 285 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 28 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 269 0 Ford Mustang
35 13 24 William Byron Valvoline Chevrolet 262 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 12 48 Alex Bowman Ally Music City Chevrolet 49 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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