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No. 17 Nascar Ford Wins Bristol 2022, No. 4 Mustang Eliminated From Playoffs: Video

Christopher Buescher, driver of the No. 17 Nascar Ford Mustang, held off championship threat Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Chevy Camaro ZL1 on his way to victory at Bristol on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 Mustang team were eliminated from the Playoffs at the conclusion of the first round of championship races.

Buescher claimed the lead after a risky two-tire pit stop for his No. 17 Mustang and showed the way for the final 61 laps as Elliott’s No. 9 Camaro tried to reel him in. Buescher said he wasn’t worried about only having two fresh tires on his No. 17 Nascar Ford while everyone behind him had taken four.

“It was up to me at that point. I made it work, and we had a really fast (car),” he said. “We knew we had a really fast race car in practice and didn’t quite get the job done in qualifying (20th), but what a race car.”

His victory marks the first for his race team, Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing (RFK), since 2017, and the first since Brad Keselowski assumed an ownership role in 2022. In fact, Keselowski, who drives the No. 6 Mustang, led 109 laps at Bristol and was a threat to win before his run was felled by a blown tire while leading.

“We had two cars that were really good today and one that was unlucky and one that executed, and everything came the right way for them,” Keselowski said.

Meanwhile, several Nascar Ford Playoffs drivers suffered incidents on track. Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Mustang suffered a blown tire, finishing over 150 laps down in 30th place. Joey Logano’s No. 22 Mustang also blew a tire, relegating him to 27th, as did the No. 2 Mustang of Austin Cindric. However, all three drivers clinched spots in the Playoffs Round of 12.

Harvick’s No. 4 Mustang suffered quite a bit on Saturday night. After wrecking out at Darlington and again at Kansas, Harvick was in a must-win situation if he wanted to avoid Playoffs elimination. Unfortunately, the left rear tire in his No. 4 Ford came off after a botched pit stop, effectively ending his Playoffs bid.

The 12 drivers now eligible for the 2022 Playoffs are as follows:

  • Chase Elliott, No. 9 Chevy Camaro ZL1
  • Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford Mustang
  • Ross Chastain, No. 1 Chevy Camaro ZL1
  • Kyle Larson, No. 5 Chevy Camaro ZL1
  • William Byron, No. 24 Chevy Camaro ZL1
  • Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota TRD Camry
  • Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Ford Mustang
  • Christopher Bell, No. 20 Toyota TRD Camry
  • Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Ford Mustang
  • Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Camaro ZL1
  • Austin Cindric, No. 2 Ford Mustang
  • Alex Bowman, No. 48 Chevy Camaro ZL1

Nascar Cup Series Race Results, Bristol Motor Speedway, September 17, 2022
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 20 17 Christopher Buescher Fastenal Ford 500 169 Ford Mustang
2 23 9 Chase Elliott (P) Hooters Chevrolet 500 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 16 24 William Byron (P) Acronis Chevrolet 500 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 8 20 Christopher Bell (P) Yahoo! Toyota 500 143 Toyota TRD Camry
5 5 5 Kyle Larson (P) HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 500 34 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 12 1 Ross Chastain (P) Worldwide Express Chevrolet 500 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 13 16 AJ Allmendinger(i) Action Industries Chevrolet 500 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 11 41 Cole Custer Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford 500 0 Ford Mustang
9 4 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Ground Toyota 500 0 Toyota TRD Camry
10 7 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Busch Light Ford 500 0 Ford Mustang
11 18 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 500 0 Ford Mustang
12 19 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 500 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 10 6 Brad Keselowski Kohler Generators Ford 499 109 Ford Mustang
14 2 14 Chase Briscoe (P) Magical Vacation Planner Ford 498 0 Ford Mustang
15 31 7 Corey LaJoie Schluter Systems Chevrolet 497 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 27 21 Harrison Burton # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 497 0 Ford Mustang
17 32 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 497 0 Ford Mustang
18 30 38 Todd Gilliland # Long John Silver's Ford 496 0 Ford Mustang
19 29 99 Daniel Suarez (P) Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet 494 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 9 2 Austin Cindric # (P) Freightliner Ford 493 0 Ford Mustang
21 24 43 Erik Jones U.S. Air Force Chevrolet 492 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 35 77 Landon Cassill(i) Zeigler Auto/LoJack Chevrolet 492 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 36 15 JJ Yeley(i) World Supercross Championship Ford 491 0 Ford Mustang
24 33 78 BJ McLeod(i) Down N Dirty Ford 491 0 Ford Mustang
25 17 8 Tyler Reddick (P) Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Chevrolet 469 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 34 42 Ty Dillon EG3 Technologies Chevrolet 457 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 15 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil Ford 437 0 Ford Mustang
28 1 10 Aric Almirola Ford BlueOval City Ford 418 36 Ford Mustang
29 14 45 Bubba Wallace (P) MoneyLion Toyota 408 0 Toyota TRD Camry
30 6 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Pennzoil Ford 338 9 Ford Mustang
31 28 3 Austin Dillon (P) Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet 279 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 3 48 Alex Bowman (P) Ally Chevrolet 277 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 26 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Thomas' Chevrolet 276 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 21 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Toyota 269 0 Toyota TRD Camry
35 25 23 Ty Gibbs(i) Monster Energy Toyota 265 0 Toyota TRD Camry
36 22 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 198 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. LFX323HP

    The “Next Gen” car might better be named the “what will happen next car”. More than 6 mos. of racing and Nascar has done little to fix the repeated failures. This race had many teams with power steering failure, AGAIN. Kevin Harvick is out of the playoffs because……his car caught fire @ Darlington while running in 5th position having hit nothing? Totally absurd for what is supposed to be the top series in Nascar.

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