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Bizarre Tire Issues Plague Nascar Ford Teams At Texas 2022: Video

While the Nascar Ford teams of Brad Keselowski’s No. 6 Mustang and Joey Logano’s No. 22 Mustang took the green flag from the front row at Texas Motor Speedway on September 25th, many of The Blue Oval racers fell victim to single car incidents and tire wear that eliminated their shot at taking the trophy.

Keselowski was the first to suffer, when his No. 6 Mustang shot up the racetrack and forced him to get off the throttle, turning the lead over to Logano’s No. 22 Mustang. Then, at the conclusion of Stage 1, Keselowski was nabbed for speeding on Pit Road, and his No. 6 Mustang was sent to the rear as a result. Cole Custer’s No. 41 Ford suffered a flat right rear tire, with the tire going down without warning.

Then, the No. 51 Nascar Ford of Cody Ware got loose and overcorrected, sending him nose-first into the outside wall. The contact damaged the front end of his car so badly, he could not steer as he careened toward Pit Road and contacted the wall hard as crewmembers from other teams scrambled. He exited the race car under his own power, but was transported to the infield care center on a stretcher and evaluated before being released.

Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Mustang shone in Stage 2, claiming the lead after Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Camaro suffered a blown tire while running first. Then, Kevin Harvick assumed the lead in the No. 4 Mustang in Stage 3, but also blew a tire without warning. The No. 19 Toyota TRD Camry of Martin Truex Jr. also suffered a similar fate while running first.

At the end of the race, Logano rallied his No. 22 Mustang and sent it after eventual winner Tyler Reddick’s No. 8 Camaro, but couldn’t find a way around him, taking second. Blaney’s No. 12 Mustang finished fourth, while Chase Briscoe’s No. 14 Mustang took home fifth. Keselowski salvaged an eighth-place result in his No. 6 Mustang.

Nascar Cup Series Race Results, Texas Motor Speedway, September 25, 2022
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 4 8 Tyler Reddick Lenovo/ThinkEdge Chevrolet 334 70 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 2 22 Joey Logano (P) AAA Insurance Ford 334 15 Ford Mustang
3 31 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 334 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 14 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Tarkett Ford 334 29 Ford Mustang
5 30 14 Chase Briscoe (P) Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford 334 0 Ford Mustang
6 27 43 Erik Jones FOCUSfactor Chevrolet 334 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 3 24 William Byron (P) Chevrolet 334 42 Ford Mustang
8 1 6 Brad Keselowski Ford 334 31 Ford Mustang
9 9 5 Kyle Larson (P) Chevrolet 334 19 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 8 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Office Toyota 334 2 Toyota TRD Camry
11 5 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 334 12 Ford Mustang
12 10 99 Daniel Suarez (P) Aguas Frescas Chevrolet 334 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 12 1 Ross Chastain (P) Renu Chevrolet 334 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 29 7 Corey LaJoie Shelton Energy Solutions Chevrolet 334 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 11 2 Austin Cindric # (P) Discount Tire Ford 334 0 Ford Mustang
16 32 42 Ty Dillon Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet 334 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 7 3 Austin Dillon True Velocity Chevrolet 334 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 20 21 Harrison Burton # DEX Imaging Ford 334 15 Ford Mustang
19 23 4 Kevin Harvick Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 334 9 Ford Mustang
20 16 23 Ty Gibbs(i) Monster Energy Toyota 334 0 Toyota TRD Camry
21 26 16 Noah Gragson(i) Freedom by Ed Morse Chevrolet 334 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 35 77 Landon Cassill(i) WearMe Chevrolet 334 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 33 15 Garrett Smithley(i) Trophy Tractor Ford 334 0 Ford Mustang
24 25 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield/IHOP Ford 334 0 Ford Mustang
25 19 45 Bubba Wallace (P) MoneyLion Toyota 334 0 Toyota TRD Camry
26 34 78 BJ McLeod(i) Boss Truck Shops Ford 333 1 Ford Mustang
27 21 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/NOS Chevrolet 333 23 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 28 38 Todd Gilliland # First Phase Ford 333 1 Ford Mustang
29 17 48 Alex Bowman (P) Ally Chevrolet 329 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 13 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 270 0 Ford Mustang
31 15 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 267 15 Toyota TRD Camry
32 6 9 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 184 44 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 36 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 166 0 Ford Mustang
34 22 20 Christopher Bell (P) Rheem – Smurfit Kappa Toyota 136 0 Toyota TRD Camry
35 24 41 Cole Custer Autodesk/ Ford 77 0 Ford Mustang
36 18 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 48 0 Toyota TRD Camry

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver
P – Playoffs eligible

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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. Giant Sucking Sound

    This new car is a mess. How I long for racing like was in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. No downforce, a small spoiler, and they weren’t all driving the same car as they are today. No wonder the grandstands are only 50% full.

  2. Dave Mathers

    Fords weren’t the only ones. Tire problems hit everybody. Several cars leading had tire issues leading to a bunch of wadded up racecars. The drag racing glue they used for additional traction was also a big contributor as cars got just above the glued part.

  3. Mike

    Here is a sport, where the people at the top think they need to, and try to, improve their product, and end up messing it up terribly and cause a loss of fans, pissed off drivers, increase in expenses for teams, instead of a decrease, shortage of parts, etc., etc., etc., when really, there was no need to change their product. F1 is doing the same thing, luckily they are having a resurgent in fans, and not a decrease.


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