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Nascar Ford Teams Quietly Finish In Top Five In Wild July Atlanta Race: Video

Quite a few Chevrolets made a lot of noise during a dramatic July 2022 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but the Nascar Ford teams made it through the carnage to secure third and fifth finishes when it was all said and done.

Austin Cindric, driver of the No. 2 Mustang and this year’s Daytona 500 champion, remained quietly consistent throughout the superspeedway-like race. Cindric started fifth after qualifying was rained out, and even pushed the No. 2 Mustang to the lead for a handful of laps after a pit stop cycle. Ultimately, he finished third after a shakeup at the front of the pack during the last laps. Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Mustang, finished fifth, having also avoided major incident throughout the event. This puts Blaney second in the overall points standings behind Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Camaro.

Other Nascar Ford teams, however, were not so lucky. Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 6 Mustang, clawed his way to the front after a mediocre performance in Stage 1. He finished third in Stage 2, but was swept up in a multicar wreck along with the No. 34 Mustang of Michael McDowell with 91 laps left to go. Keselowski went on to finish 18th, while McDowell placed 15th.

Elliott in the No. 9 Camaro won after throwing a block on Corey Lajoie’s No. 7 Camaro while fending off a charge from Ross Chastain in the No. 1 Camaro. Lajoie’s No. 7 was forced up into the wall by Elliott’s No. 9 Camaro on the last lap, triggering a multicar crash and allowing the Nascar Ford teams to gain position on the leaderboard.

Nascar Cup Series Race Results, Atlanta Motor Speedway, July 10, 2022
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 1 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 260 96 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 2 1 Ross Chastain Jockey Chevrolet 260 32 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 5 2 Austin Cindric # Menards/Quaker State Ford 260 7 Ford Mustang
4 25 43 Erik Jones FOCUSfactor Chevrolet 260 10 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 6 12 Ryan Blaney Wabash Ford 260 2 Ford Mustang
6 7 99 Daniel Suarez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 24 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 22 10 Aric Almirola Ford Pro Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
9 18 41 Cole Custer HaasTooling.com Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
10 27 21 Harrison Burton # Freightliner Ford 260 9 Ford Mustang
11 9 19 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 260 27 Toyota TRD Camry
12 10 4 Kevin Harvick Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
13 3 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 260 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 32 23 Bubba Wallace leidos Toyota 260 0 Toyota TRD Camry
15 12 34 Michael McDowell Fr8Auctions.com Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
16 14 14 Chase Briscoe Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
17 28 38 Todd Gilliland # YANMAR Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
18 31 6 Brad Keselowski Solomon Plumbing Ford 260 0 Ford Mustang
19 15 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 260 0 Toyota TRD Camry
20 19 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crunchy Cookie Toyota 260 0 Toyota TRD Camry
21 30 7 Corey LaJoie Raze Energy Chevrolet 260 19 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 21 45 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Toyota 259 0 Toyota TRD Camry
23 34 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 259 0 Ford Mustang
24 36 77 Landon Cassill(i) Voyager: Crypto for All Chevrolet 259 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 16 11 Denny Hamlin Coca-Cola Toyota 259 2 Toyota TRD Camry
26 17 22 Joey Logano Autotrader Ford 252 0 Ford Mustang
27 33 15 Garrett Smithley(i) True Brands Ford 252 0 Ford Mustang
28 23 42 Ty Dillon Allegiant Chevrolet 174 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 4 8 Tyler Reddick Alsco Uniforms Chevrolet 170 13 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 13 24 William Byron Axalta Chevrolet 170 41 CHevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 20 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Ball Park Chevrolet 162 2 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 8 48 Alex Bowman Ally Milestone Chevrolet 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 11 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 107 0 Ford Mustang
34 29 16 Noah Gragson(i) Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet 91 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 26 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet 90 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 35 78 BJ McLeod(i) Blaster Ford 77 0 Ford Mustang

# – 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. Thurston Munn

    Decent finishes but they were never really contenders. The Ford teams have just been off the last couple of years.

    Reply
  2. CHARLES STEMPLE

    Ford should think about dropping Nascar it is far from what it once was.

    Reply
  3. Allen Brooks, Fleet Manager Parks Ford

    Great finish nonetheless, you can’t expect to win every time, that would get boring. We can still hold our heads up high than most, Team Ford is always No.1, God bless our drivers and everyone committed to the safety and success of Ford Racing at its best.

    Reply

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