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Ford Performance Director Not Happy With Nascar Cup Series Losses

Ford got off to a decent start in the 2022 Nascar Cup Series season, opening with a bang as Austin Cindric’s No. 2 Mustang nabbed the Daytona 500 victory. Since then, though, The Blue Oval’s stock car racing efforts have posted mediocre results, accruing just four wins as the regular season draws to a close, trailing behind Toyota’s five wins and Chevrolet’s 13 victories. Understandably, this is not ideal, and Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, is not pleased.

“Four wins is not enough. It’s not acceptable,” Rushbrook said, according to a report by Racer magazine. “We need to get more wins. We need to have drivers further up in the standings and hopefully at least four if not more drivers in the Playoffs.”

As of this writing, only three drivers from the Ford racing stable have won at Nascar’s top level this year: Austin Cindric and the No. 2 Mustang at Daytona; Chase Briscoe’s No. 14 Mustang at Phoenix; and the No. 22 of Joey Logano at Darlington and World Wide Technology Raceway. Several notable drivers are in danger of not making the championship. Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mustang and 2014 Cup Series champion, must win if he wants to participate in the postseason Playoffs. His last win was in November 2020. Meanwhile, Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Mustang, has shown strength this year and even won the exhibition All-Star Race at Texas, but is in danger of being bumped from the Playoffs grid without a points-paying victory.

“We’ve seen a lot of success with speed at different tracks where we have understood it, but we still didn’t bring the win home,” Rushbrook said. “So, there’s a lot of work to do, but that’s racing. We always need to make all elements of the car better – the engine, the aerodynamics, the chassis, the setup, the tire model, our simulator model – and that’s what we’re working on. We have a lot of meetings and advancements with our teams to try and do better every week.”

All hope is not lost, though – if Ford can continue to get a handle on the new Next Gen race car, another next Nascar Cup Series victory could be on the horizon. The Blue Oval didn’t perform too badly at Indianapolis, with three Ford rookies scoring top five finishes. The Nascar Ford teams will just have to find a groove and stick with it to take down Chevrolet and Toyota in the latter part of the 2022 season.

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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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  1. M S Watchdog

    They need to get off there Duffies and get to work that is if they know how.

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  2. Tony

    Maybe nascar has stock in Chevy. I remember when ford won most of the races and Chase somehow still won the championship. Nascar should change car to Chevy in nascar.

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  3. jerry w guess

    nascar has the racing just the way they want it , no ford power in the truck series all LS based power , same with the arca series , so far no ford in the winner circle in the xfinity series this year , and sometime when watching the cup race they get a gift of a stage win , 4 wins in the cup series and if joey hadn’t booted the 24 car at Darlington he would just have 2 , hard to count the talladega and daytona restrictor races its a crap shoot for anyone to win there , and can’t hardly stand to watch nhra with their heavy hand also , but i have the perfect solution its spelled N.M.R.A

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  4. Dave Mathers

    First question in racing – ‘how fast do you want to go’? The answer – ‘how much do you want to spend’?

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  5. Charles Tate

    that’s because nascar is run by General Motors !!!!!!

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  6. Harrie Meijer

    Ford should leave nascar and just have the Hendrick bunch go around chasing their on tails.
    I was a nascar fan for well over 40 years and now they can count me out!

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  7. CHARLES STEMPLE

    GOING TO GE WORSE WHEN STWEART-HAAS SWITCHES TO MOPAR. THAT IS NOT TOO FAR AWAY.

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  8. LANCE CLOUSER

    Ford should stop wasting money here. The series is practically owned by Toyota.

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  9. Mike

    Ford has historically had stupid racing management. They will jump into a series for a few years and then back away. No wonder a owner would be reluctant to team with Ford. Same for drivers. Look at the drivers they let get away: Waltrip, Earnhardt, Gordon (since Gordon found Johnson I will include him), Busch (both of them), Edwards. When they get a chance, they don’t even attempt to get top drivers like Larson and Busch.

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  10. angus

    No different in 2023. Is it bad drivers, bad cars or just bad luck? If i were an up and coming nascar star, I would do my best to not drive a Ford.

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