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Nascar Ford Teams Struggle At Pocono Raceway 2022: Video

The Nascar Ford teams didn’t quite seem to have a grasp on the Next Gen race car during the 2022 Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway this Sunday, July 24th.

The No. 34 Ford Mustang of Michael McDowell was the only Ford to finish within the top 10, finishing sixth. The next-closest Ford finisher was Aric Almirola in the No. 10 Mustang, who scored 13th, followed by Brad Keselowski’s No. 6 Mustang, placing 14th.

Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Nascar Ford team has been a consistent front-runner all year, and he commanded the race at Pocono for seven laps before he had to pit. However, a flat tire destroyed what was otherwise a great race for Blaney, who spun and hit the wall with 53 laps to go. He was scored 33rd, and is in danger of missing out on this season’s Playoffs, since he does not yet have a win.

Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Mustang started 24th and had clawed his way up to the front of the pack with 23 laps left. Unfortunately, a dust-up between race leader Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Toyota TRD Camry and the No. 1 Chevy Camaro of Ross Chastain swept up Harvick’s No. 4 Ford, taking him out of contention. He finished 24th.

Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Camaro, was granted the race win despite finishing third after the first- and second-place finishers were disqualified in post-race inspection. The No. 11 Toyota of Hamlin and the No. 18 Toyota of Kyle Busch, both fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing, were both found to have “material somewhere it shouldn’t have been” on the front fascias. Hamlin was stripped of his win and Busch of his second-place finish.

Nascar Cup Series Race Results, Pocono Raceway, July 24, 2022
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 3 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 16 8 Tyler Reddick Sheetz Chevrolet 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 9 99 Daniel Suarez CommScope Chevrolet 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 11 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 160 14 Toyota TRD Camry
5 4 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 160 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 25 34 Michael McDowell Fr8Auctions.com Ford 160 0 Ford Mustang
7 8 19 Martin Truex Jr. DeWalt Toyota 160 2 Toyota TRD Camry
8 7 23 Bubba Wallace DoorDash Toyota 160 4 Toyota TRD Camry
9 34 43 Erik Jones FOCUSfactor Chevrolet 160 11 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 15 3 Austin Dillon BREZTRI Chevrolet 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
11 17 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
12 18 24 William Byron RaptorTough.com Chevrolet 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 12 10 Aric Almirola Haas Automation Ford 160 0 Ford Mustang
14 26 6 Brad Keselowski Kohler Generators Ford 160 0 Ford Mustang
15 13 14 Chase Briscoe HighPoint.com Ford 160 0 Ford Mustang
16 10 45 Ty Gibbs(i) McDonald's Toyota 160 0 Toyota TRD Camry
17 32 41 Cole Custer HaasTooling.com Ford 160 0 Ford Mustang
18 19 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/SweetLeaf Chevrolet 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 23 7 Corey LaJoie WWE SummerSlam on Peacock Chevrolet 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 14 22 Joey Logano Verizon Frontline Ford 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 30 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 27 42 Ty Dillon Big Dog Energy Chevrolet 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 28 21 Harrison Burton # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 160 4 Ford Mustang
24 22 16 Noah Gragson(i) Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet 160 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 29 38 Todd Gilliland # A&W Root Beer Float Ford 160 0 Ford Mustang
26 36 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 160 0 Ford Mustang
27 24 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light Apple #BuschTrickyTrivia Ford 160 0 Ford Mustang
28 33 15 JJ Yeley(i) Ollie's Bargain Outlet Ford 159 0 Ford Mustang
29 5 17 Chris Buescher Wyndham Resorts Ford 158 0 Ford Mustang
30 35 78 BJ McLeod(i) Surface Sunscreen Ford 158 0 Ford Mustang
31 20 2 Austin Cindric # Keystone Light Ford 154 0 Ford Mustang
32 21 1 Ross Chastain Worldwide Express Chevrolet 142 16 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 6 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Duracell Ford 135 7 Ford Mustang
34 31 77 Josh Bilicki(i) Zeigler Auto/Rich Mar Florist Chevrolet 35 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 160 21 Toyota TRD Camry
36 2 18 Kyle Busch M&Ms Toyota 160 63 Toyota TRD Camry

# – 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. M S Watchdog

    Ford just doesn’t get it, very poor job with their simulator correlation between the new car and track happenings. SHR a disaster, Penske not that much better, Roush had no where to go but up!

    Reply
  2. Will

    Wood Brothers look terrible. Ford should step up to help the only team that has run Ford products for over 50 years.

    Reply
    1. M S Watchdog

      Ford doesn’t know how to fix their problems, today day the Ford Engineer’s DO NOT HAVE RACE EXPERIENCE! ONLY REAL HELP IS MORE $$$$$$$$$$.

      Reply
  3. John Coviello

    Remember the slogan “Race on Sunday and Sell on Monday!” ?????? Cars that can’t race, building cars that the customers don’t want, features that customers must subscribe to and pay for in order to use, one recall after another……. Ford is on it’s way OUT OF BUSINESS !!!!!

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  4. Gary . Virginia.

    Nascar Sucks!

    Reply
  5. Michael

    You have to know, from the CEO itself, that Ford is not interested in ICE cars, only EV cars. So why do they want to stay involved in ICE racing cars?

    Reply

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