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Nascar Ford Teams Fall Flat In 2022 Xfinity Series Championship

The Nascar Ford teams showed strength in two of Nascar’s national series in 2022. Zane Smith and the No. 38 Ford F-150 race truck ran away with the Truck Series championship, and of course, Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford Mustang racer showed the rest of the Cup Series field how it’s done when he captured the championship at Nascar’s highest level. However, the mid-tier Xfinity Series was a vastly different story for the Nascar Ford Mustang teams this year, and the race at Phoenix Raceway on November 5th, 2022 was a disappointing end to a disappointing season.

No Blue Oval racers led any laps at Phoenix for the final race of the 2022 season, and the best-finishing Mustang was that of Riley Herbst in the No. 98 Nascar Ford, who placed seventh. Meanwhile, a trio of Chevy Camaro race cars and a single Toyota Supra did battle in the Final 4 for the championship. Ty Gibbs in the No. 54 Supra held off the Chevys to win it all, taking his first Xfinity Series championship to a loud raucous of boos from the crowd.

In total, Nascar Ford Xfinity racers accounted for just one win all season. That win belonged to Cole Custer, a Cup Series regular, who drove the No. 07 Xfinity Mustang to Victory Lane at Auto Club Speedway in California on February 26th, 2022. Comparatively, Chevy accounted for a whopping 24 wins, while Toyotas took home eight.

Nascar Xfinity Series Race Results, Phoenix Raceway, November 5, 2022
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 1 54 Ty Gibbs (P) Monster Energy Toyota 200 125 Toyota Supra
2 4 9 Noah Gragson (P) Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet 200 35 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 11 7 Justin Allgaier (P) BRANDT Chevrolet 200 26 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
4 6 10 Landon Cassill Voyager: Crypto for All Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 16 16 AJ Allmendinger Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 8 2 Sheldon Creed # Whelen Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 19 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford 200 0 Ford Mustang
8 10 11 Daniel Hemric AG1 – Athletic Greens Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 14 21 Austin Hill # United Rentals/Bennett Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 2 18 Sammy Smith Pilot Flying J Toyota 200 10 Toyota Supra
11 5 19 Brandon Jones Menards/Pelonis Toyota 200 0 Toyota Supra
12 3 48 Nicholas Sanchez OTD Chevrolet 200 4 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 9 8 Josh Berry (P) Tire Pros Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
14 35 34 Kyle Weatherman SELE Foundation Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 30 36 Josh Williams Alloy/Seacrest Studios Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 21 27 Jeb Burton Arrowhead Brass Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 37 44 Rajah Caruth(i) Rally For Valor Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 33 92 Alex Labbe NRS Brakes Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 20 4 Bayley Currey HyVee Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 7 39 Ryan Sieg CMRroofing.com/A-game Ford 200 0 Ford Mustang
21 17 2 Parker Retzlaff Funkaway Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 22 38 Kyle Sieg # Ford 200 0 Ford Mustang
23 18 26 Kaz Grala(i) Ruedebusch Toyota 200 0 Toyota Supra
24 25 35 Joey Gase Donate Life AZ Toyota 200 0 Toyota Supra
25 36 31 Myatt Snider TaxSlayer Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
26 31 68 Kris Wright(i) Big Dog Energy Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 28 51 Jeremy Clements First Pacific Funding Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 15 45 Stefan Parsons(i) Millennium Chevrolet 199 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
29 26 6 Brennan Poole(i) Out of The Groove Chevrolet 198 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 29 66 JJ Yeley Triage Now Ford 197 0 Ford Mustang
31 32 13 Dawson Cram DCX/Rennsport Ford 196 0 Ford Mustang
32 24 78 BJ McLeod B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 196 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 34 91 Mason Massey LOS MAGOS Chevrolet 196 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 13 1 Sam Mayer Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet 195 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 23 23 Anthony Alfredo Pit Boss Grills Chevrolet 194 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
36 38 7 Joe Graf Jr ARMSLIST.com Ford 193 0 Ford Mustang
37 27 8 Brandon Brown Amptricity Ford 154 0 Ford Mustang
38 12 77 Dillon Bassett Jerry Hunt Supercenter Chevrolet 152 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

# – 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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Comments

  1. rt4deere

    There are only two Ford Xfinity teams that can halfway compete. #98 and #39 cannot compete with JRM and Gibbs. Ford needs to support more Xfinity teams if they want even a chance at a championship.

    Reply
  2. jerry w guess

    didn’t know that a ford won , musta missed it , but nascar wants it that way

    Reply
  3. Dave Mathers

    Brutal headline. Ford won the Truck AND Cup Championships while GM won none!!

    Reply
    1. Alexandra Purcell

      Well, yes, it’s brutal because it’s true. This article specifically refers to the Xfinity Series, not the other two.

      Reply
  4. Ken.Fiedler

    There are only about 5 Ford’s against 20plus Chevy’s in the series – we need more Ford’s to compete..

    Reply

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